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Pollock Mountain is located in the Lewis Range in Glacier National Park. It is situated on the spine of the Continental Divide north of Logan Pass. Pollock Mountain is a high point on The Garden Wall, which is a prominent glacial arête separating the Lake McDonald Valley from the Many Glacier Valley. An arête (French for fish-bone) is created when two glaciers carve the rock on opposite sides of the same wall sculpting a long, sharp, narrow ridge. Mount Gould and Bishops Cap to the north are the two other significant summits on The Garden Wall. The scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road snakes below the western slope of Pollock Mountain. The west face rises abruptly nearly five thousand feet from Logan Creek giving it significant local relief.
Pollock Mountain was named by Ross Carter for William C. Pollock, one of the commissioners appointed in 1895 who, along with George Bird Grinnell and Walter M. Clements, negotiated with the Blackfeet and consummated a treaty that enabled the Federal Government to purchase the "Ceded Strip" of land that included all of what is now Glacier National Park east of the Continental Divide. Grinnell and Clements also had mountains in the park named after them.
The sedimentary rock of Pollock Mountain was shaped by 1.6 billion years of geologic processes from sediment deposition, uplift, thrust faulting, and erosion by glaciers. The major geologic event that sculpted the landscape of Pollock Mountain and the other peaks in Glacier National Park began approximately 2 million years ago when large ice sheets of the Pleistocene Ice Age repeatedly advanced and retreated until about 12,000 years ago.
Refer to "A Climber's Guide to Glacier National Park," by J. Gordon Edwards, for information about climbing routes on the south and southeast aspect of Pollock Mountain.
Prominence: 670 feet
|Range/Region:||Central Montana Rockies|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Great Falls, MT|
|Convenient Center:||West Glacier, MT|
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