Bear Mountain Point
ElevationAscent: 1,351' 412 m
Descent: -48' -15 m
High: 6,232' 1,899 m
Low: 4,882' 1,488 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“Incredible views of the Mokowanis and Belly River drainages and surrounding, epic peaks.”— Jake Bramante
Finally, you reach Bear Mountain Point which is a site of an old lookout. You can easily see why this spot was chosen, and your efforts are rewarded. Looking north along the steep cliffs of Bear Mountain have you looking to Canada as the Belly River snakes across an imaginary geopolitical line. To the east, the long ridge terminating to the iconic Chief Mountain that is sacred to the Blackfeet Tribe. That ridge emanates from Gable Mountain where red bands at its base match red bands at the top of Chief Mountain making sense of the geology from this perch.
To the south, Cosley Ridge towers your view across the glacier-carved Mokowanis River drainage which is filled with Cosley and Glenns lakes. A ring of stately and rugged peaks circle the head of the drainage including two 10,000ft peaks, Mt. Merritt and Glacier's roof, Mt. Cleveland.
Usually done as part of a backpacking trip, this trail is a great side trip, especially if camping at the Cosley Lake campground.
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