Views from the Summits:
This is a view from Reynolds Mountain on Logan Pass, and it gives you a look at Mount Brown from a distance. Note Lake McDonald directly behind Mount Brown. Keep in mind the other peaks noted in this photo because you'll see them from the summit of Brown. (The camera is facing west)
Mount Brown (8,565 feet) is located near Lake McDonald, and it offers great views of the Sperry Glacier and well as the Logan Pass Area, Avalanche Lake, Lake McDonald and Glacier Park's Livingston Range. To get to the peak, you first must hike to the Mount Brown Lookout (trailhead located at Lake McDonald Lodge) and then head across a large saddle to begin the climb.
By the time you've reached the summit, you've gained over 5,400 vertical feet in less than six miles!
Here's another look at Mount Brown from Lake McDonald at Apgar. It's one of the prominent peaks along the famous Lake McDonald skyline. (The camera is facing east)
Here's Shannon taking the last few steps to the summit of Mount Brown.
Views from the Summit
This is the classic view to the north from the summit of Mount Brown. We are over 5,000 vertical feet from the valley floor! The Going-to-the-Sun Road winds along this river, heading up to the west side of the divide. The tall peak to the left is Mount Vaught, and the peak to the right is Heavens Peak. Both peaks are part of Glacier Park's Livingston Range.
This is a view to the east from the summit of Mount Brown. The sharp peak directly to the right of Shannon is Little Matterhorn.
This is the classic view of the Sperry Glacier from the summit of Mount Brown.
This are peaks of the Logan Pass area. The peak to the far upper right is Going-to-the-Sun Mountain, to the left of it is Reynolds Mountain, and directly to the left of Reynolds is Matahpi Peak. The prominent peak in the foreground is Bearhat Mountain.
Mount Brown offers a unique view of the popular Avalanche Lake.
This photo shows you the names of the peaks viewed to the east of Mount Brown.
There are great views in all directions from the summit of Mount Brown.
The Livingston Range runs north and south, and it begins at these two prominent peaks. Mount Vaught is to the left, and Heavens Peak is to the right. The camera is facing north.
This is an interesting view of the Logan Pass peaks.
This northward view shows Mount Vaught (left) and the rest of the Livingston Range, which runs all the way to the northern border. It is one of the most remote mountain ranges in North America.
Here's a view of Lake McDonald from the summit of Mount Brown. The summit is 5,412 vertical feet above the lake. (By the way, to get to Mount Brown, you must start at the lake!)
The sharp, dark peak to the foreground's right is Little Matterhorn, and the snow field behind it is part of the Sperry Glacier Complex. Sperry Glacier is to the right of this photo out of view. The tallest peak on the horizon is Little Chief Mountain, which is a prominent peak in the St. Mary Lake Area.
This is a great view of Going-to-the-Sun Mountain (far right), Reynolds Mountain (center) and Matahpi Peak (left). Mount Reynolds is directly south of Logan Pass.
The large peak in the foreground is Bearhat Mountain. On this side of Bearhat is Avalanche Lake, and on the other side is Hidden Lake.
Little Matterhorn is a prominent feature of the Sperry Glacier Area.
The Sperry Glacier is one of the largest glaciers in Glacier National Park.
This is a view to the southwest. The mountain range in the far distance is Montana's Mission Range.
Mount Brown is a great peak to climb.
Here we are, jockeying for position.
The peak in the center is Clements Mountain, which is a peak directly west of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park. Behind Clements Mountain is the Garden Wall.
Here's a view of Lake McDonald on our way up to the summit of Mount Brown.
This is a view to the south, where the famous Mount Saint Nicholas juts skyward.
This large mountain just to the right of Sperry Glacier is Mount Edwards.
You can see Avalanche Lake down in the deep valley. Bearhat Mountain is directly behind it.
Mount Vaught is a prominent peak of the Lake McDonald Area, along with Mount Brown.
The large mountain to the left is Cannon Mountain, and to the right is Bearhat Mountain. The camera is facing northeast.
Heavens Peak is to the left, and Cannon Mountain is to the right. The Going-to-the-Sun Road runs between these two great mountains.
This is a telephoto view of the Mount Brown Lookout from the ridge leading to Mount Brown, with Lake McDonald behind it.
The skies were clear when we begin the actual climb (see photo), but by the time we reached the summit, clouds started moving in. Thankfully the storm (which was not in the forecast) waited until we reached lower ground.