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Backpacker Magazine – September 2010

The Peak: Triple Divide Peak, Glacier NP

In Glacier National Park, summit a mountain that feeds three oceans.

by: Jason D.B. Kauffman

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Triple Divide Pass.
Triple Divide Pass.

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A Climber’s Guide to Glacier National Park ($15,

Car camping
Snag a primitive site at Cut Bank Campground for easy trailhead access and Triple Divide views.

Season to visit
September has crisp, bluebird days and small crowds, but pack extra layers.

Vantage point
Climb Triple Divide Peak’s close neighbor, 9,375-foot Mt. James, from Triple Divide Pass. See views of southern Glacier’s sea of peaks—including Triple Divide—after  2,000 feet of ridgeline scrambling.

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Sep 24, 2013

Just finished this hike/summit in Sept. '13. Heads up on the final ascent, it looks sketchier and more daunting than it actually is. Everyone else in my party bailed on summiting once we reached the pass. If you have patience and can shutout the fear of climbing without protection, it's a great summit. It's just a big puzzle that you have to find the best path up (and down). Onward and upward!

Sep 30, 2010

Thanks for bringing back wonderful memories of a beautiful spot in Glacier! I LOVED the summers I spent working at Johnson's Cafe in St. Mary during college and spending free time hiking the wonders of the park!

Ed Morgan
Sep 30, 2010

I was suprised to hear that the North American triple drainage point (Atlantic, Pacific and Artic Oceans) is in Glacier National Park. The article does mention that another peak in N. America that shares that distinction. When my wife Liz and I visited Jasper N. Park we wre told that Jasper contains the triple drainage point for N. America. It turns out that it depends on whether Hudson Bay is considered a part of the Atlantic or the Artic Oceans!


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