Views from the Summits:
Mount Gould is an iconic symbol of Glacier National Park.
Mount Gould (9,553 feet) is one of the most famous, iconic peaks in Glacier National Park. It truly is the symbol of Glacier, and probably is one of the most photographed peaks in North America. Located in the Many Glacier Area, Mount Gould is one of the most prominent peaks on the skyline when you're looking west from the deck of the Many Glacier Hotel.
Mount Gould is also extremely famous because it's lower north face is the home of the iconic Grinnell Glacier. Millions of visitors a year take the Grinnell Glacier Trail to see this famous glacier, and Mount Gould towers over them the entire hike to the glacier.
We've climbed Mount Gould several times, and either it was really smokey or all we brought was a non-digital film camera of not-so-great quality. So we've never picked a perfect day or brought a decent camera....yet! Hopefully this summer we'll pick the perfect day and we'll have our good cameras with us, but until then.....
Views from the Summit
Here's Shannon on the summit of the incredible Mount Gould. Mount Siyeh is directly behind her, which is one of the six peaks over 10,000 feet in the park. The peak to the far right is Matahpi Peak. The ledge beyond the summit cairn drops 3,000 feet straight down to the valley below!
All of these peaks are part of the Lewis Range of Glacier Park, and they extend all the way into Canada. The tallest peak on the skyline is the famous Mount Cleveland, the tallest peak in the park. No wonder it's covered with fresh snow.
Looking straight down at Grinnell Glacier.
The lake far, far below us is Upper Grinnell Lake, which is fed by Grinnell Glacier (we are facing north). The glacier is located directly underneath us, and the icebergs you see are from this glacier "calving". On a more recent ascent of Mount Gould, we actually positioned ourselves directly above the glacier, and the photos turned out great. See Mount Gould (2). Notice the ocean of peaks to the north. The tallest peak in the distance, covered in fresh snow, is Mount Cleveland, the tallest peak in the park.
It snowed 2 days before we cimbed Gould, which made it extremely dangerous because of the amount of water that was pouring down the mountain. We didn't have a dry rock to climb on the entire way.
This is a view of the Many Glacier Area. The Many Glacier Hotel is located on the far shore of the farthest lake down the valley (Swiftcurrent Lake). The closer lake is Lake Josephine. We are 4,700 vertical feet above the Hotel, and three miles from the Hotel as the crow flies.
The camera is facing northeast.
Looking northeast towards the Many Glacier Hotel. The hotel is just to the right of the Swiftcurrent Lake which is just beyond Lake Josephine. Lake Josephine is the lake closest to us on the right side of the photo.
This is a view to the north from the summit of Mount Gould. Granite Park Chalet is thousands of feet below us, on the west side of the divide.
A view of Grinnell Glacier, Salamander Glacier, and Upper Grinnell Lake.
The "ocean of peaks" to the north of Mount Gould are awe-inspiring!
Upper Grinnell Lake.
A view of Allen Mountain from the summit of Mount Gould.
It feels like you're on top of the world when you're on the summit of Mount Gould!
We are about 1,500 vertical feet from the summit of Gould in this photo. We stopped to get a bite to eat, and to get ready for some really interesting climbing due to the recent snow storm. The top of Gould got covered with snow two days earlier, and now the snow is melting off rapidly. This made every class 3 and 4 pitch competely drenched with water, and this of course made things extremely slick and dangerous. Notice the Going-to-the-Sun Road thousands of feet below us, working its way to Logan Pass in the distance. (The camera is facing south)
Shannon is directly between Piegan Mountain to the left, and Pollock Mountain to the right. You can see the Going-to-the-Sun Road below her to the right, and you can actually see the Logan Pass parking lot in this photo. (The camera is facing south)
We left the Logan Pass parking lot just before dawn and headed up the Highline Trail, eager to climb Mount Gould. We had a great day on a great peak!