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Going-to-the-Sun Mountain

Going-to-the-Sun Mountain
Elevation 9,642 ft (2,938.9 m)
Location Glacier National Park, Glacier County, Montana, USA
Range Lewis Range
Coordinates 48°41′46″N 113°38′21″W / 48.69611°N 113.63917°W / 48.69611; -113.63917
Topo map USGS Logan Pass
First ascent 1907
Easiest route Hike, scramble class 4

Going-to-the-Sun Mountain is located in Glacier National Park (U.S.) and rises dramatically above St. Mary valley just north of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Numerous Blackfeet Indian legends are credited with the origins of the mountains' name. Used by the Blackfeet as a location for vision quests, it is one of the most accessible major mountain peaks in Glacier National Park. According to several sources, the actual Blackfeet name for the mountain is The-Face-of-Sour-Spirit-Who-Went-Back-to-The-Sun-After-His-Work-Was-Done Mountain, in explanation of the snowfields on the mountainside which, as viewed from the west, make the outline of a face.

Images of Going to the Sun Mountain
Road construction along the Going-to-the-Sun Road with Going to the Sun Mountain in background, 1932  


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See also


  1. ^ Holtz, Mathilde Edith; Bemis, Katharine Isabel (1917). Glacier National Park: Its Trails and Treasures. New York: George H. Doran. 

Further reading

  • Edwards, J. Gordon (1991). A Climbers Guide to Glacier National Park. Falcon. ISBN 0-87842-177-7. 

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