Glen Lake Peak, the high point on the right, rises above Sweathouse Creek.

Michael Hoyt

Glen Lake Peak, the high point on the right, rises above Sweathouse Creek.

Glen Lake is one of the most popular destinations in the Bitterroot Mountains and is always crowded with hikers on warm sunny weekends. But for those willing to put out a little extra effort, the areas north and west of the lake are interesting and spectacular. It is here that Glen Lake Peak (8,608’) is located. Visited mostly by hikers, this area is also frequented by late-winter and early-spring backcountry skiers.

To reach this summit, begin at the Glen Lake Trailhead and follow the long-established trail to Glen Lake. There is a fork two miles from the trailhead. The left fork leads to Glen Lake. The right is steeper and more direct. The trails rejoin above Glen Lake. Either route (Class 1) is well-defined and follows the east ridge-crest to the summit area of Glen Lake Peak.

The highpoint is difficult to determine but is bound to be atop one of the larger and more rounded piles of rocks toward the western portion of the broad top of Point 8608.

Michael Hoyt

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