After following the 8 mile (13 km) trail from Cut Bank Camp ground to Triple Divide Pass , we decided to scramble up to the top of Triple Divide peak. Although only 600 feet (180 m) above the pass, it was a difficult ascent up extremely crumbly ledges, basically going straight up from the Pass. This direct route is reccommended only for those familiar with such ascents, as a slip or a dislodged rock could prove disastrous.
An alternative route up to the summit was blocked off by snowy slopes, which we could have followed if we had brought along the appropriate gear (ice axes, crampons).
From the summit we could see how the mountain earned its name; it sits at the apex of three mountain valleys with the streams flowing to the West emptying in the Pacific, the Northerly flows ending in Hudson's Bay, the Easterly streams flowing to the Gulf of Mexico!
From St. Mary, follow highway 89 south for about 20 minutes. At the Cut Bank campground turnoff, follow the dirt road 4 miles (6.75 km) to the end and enter Glacier Park. Park at the Cut Bank camping area.
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