Mount Cleveland

Eastern Summit View from Mount Cleveland, Chief Mountain on the right

Stoney Indian Traverse starts ar the left part of the picture and takes one to the top of Mount Cleveland

Mount Cleveland is the highest peak in Glacier National Park at 10,466 feet and is ranked as the 50th “Ultra-Prominent” peak in the Lower 48, meaning it has the 50th largest topographical prominence. While most routes to the top of this peak are not technical in nature, the peak is so remote and so large that even the shortest route (the West Bowl) takes two entire days round trip… if taking a boat ride across Lake Waterton from Alberta into the United States. The “Stoney Indian Traverse” is a three day round-trip route utilizing high altitude goat trails, discovered in 1937 by famous American mountaineer Norman Clyde. The 4,000 foot plus north face is one of the largest rock faces on the North American continent and was not fully climbed until 1976, by Jim Kanzler, Terry Kennedy and Steve Jackson. The views from the top are stunning and far-reaching, with views well into the Canadian Rockies to the north, stretching to Idaho to the west, a vast expanse of Albertan and Montanan prairie to the east, as well as nearly all of Glacier to the south. Mount Cleveland was named in honor of American President Grover Cleveland, the man who formalized the initial federal protection of the Glacier area.

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