Time and distance are for a return trip. Some guide books show an 11 mile (18 km) trip for this but we disagree completely. Mount Reynolds is the iconic symbol of the Logan Pass area of Glacier National Park in Montana. Along with Mount Clements, it's probably the most photographed mountain in the area. This would be considered an easy to moderate scramble with mostly class 2 and some class 3 areas on the 'southwest talus slope route'. There are other routes available, but this is the safest. Start at the visitor centre and follow the crowd along the boardwalk towards the Hidden Lake Lookout (1.5 mi). This is where 95% of the crowd will be going. Just before the lookout, turn left on a well travelled, but unofficial (unmarked), trail towrds Mount Reynolds. This trail also goes to The Dragon Tail and Heavy Runner Mountain. After about 1 mile you will come up to the saddle above Hidden Lake that the other 95% will never see. Continue along this trail, below the lower cliffs to the next saddle, between Reynolds and Dragon Tail. Turn left and up through the first cliff band, then follow the trail to the right, then up through that lovely scree. Above the scree, numerous cairns will guide you left then up through the cliffs to the summit ridge. Swing around to the right (east) to gain the (sometimes) narrow ridge which you will follow to the summit. Don't go too far left, the corners narrow considerably if you do, then the ledge ends abruptly. It can be a bit tricky. We met and joined up with a couple of climbers from Whitefish, Mt, and between the five of us, we figured it out. On a clear day, most of the peaks in Glacier are visible. St. Mary Lake to the east and Lake MacDonald to the west will be your guides. Watch out for the north face - it's straight down. Return the way you came up.
The Logan Pass visitor centre is located on the Going-To-The-Sun Road in Glacier National Park in northern Montana, about 12 miles west of St. Mary.
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