A & A Backpacking Glacier National Park

Intro to Glacier National Park
Staying Safe in Glacier
Life at Rising Sun:
A Summer Spent in Glacier
Intro to NW Montana
Sights from Montana's Roads
Lake McDonald
  Avalanche Lake
  Trail of the Cedars
  Fish Lake
  Howe Lake
Going to the Sun Road and Logan Pass
  Hidden Lake
  Highline Trail
  Sunrift Gorge
  St. Mary Lake
    -Rising Sun
    -St. Mary Falls and Baring Falls
    -Sun Point
    -Otokomi Lake
East Glacier and Two Medicine
  Scenic Point
  Running Eagle Falls (Trick Falls)
Many Glacier and surrounding areas
  Belly River
  Cracker Lake
Waterton Lakes Nat'l Park and Canada
  Cameron Falls
  Bear's Hump
  Red Rock Canyon and Blakiston Falls
  Police Outpost Lake
Animals of Glacier
  Bear, Bighorn Sheep, 
  Fox, Marmot, 
  Mule Deer, Rocky Mountain Goat, 
References and Links
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Waterton Lakes National Park Bears Hump
Prince of Wales Hotel and Bears Hump from afar
The hike up Bears Hump is another popular one. It's only maybe a mile long one way, but gains about 1200 feet (forgive me, I'm trying hard to remember). So it's short enough that the extreme elevation gain isn't likely to kill you, but high enough to break a sweat. To give you a bit of an idea, there are switchbacks...and stairs, lots and lots of stairs.
Bears Hump is not a stand-alone mountain, but a huge outcropping of weather-worn rocks on the side of Mount Crandell. In this next picture Bears Hump is the leftmost arm of the mountain on the right, which is Mount Crandell. Mount Anderson is the peak behind it.
Bears Hump beneath Mount Anderson
To get there, find the trailhead across the street on the right from the Prince of Wales Hotel, and there are bathrooms here and a ranger station. On mid-summer days this trail is packed, so plan for a weekday or off season if you want to have a second or two by yourself at the top. Better still, avoid mid-afternoons as well for two reasons: it's hotter and if it's a blustery day you don't want to be exposed on that ridge during a mid-afternoon thunderstorm.
Prince of Wales Hotel from Bears Hump
The view from up here is spectacular! You can see the Prince of Wales Hotel, Lower and Upper Waterton Lakes, the Waterton Townsite, and of course the surrounding mountains.
Waterton Townsite from Bears Hump
Upper Waterton Lake from Bears Hump, looking South