Dusty Star Mountain
|Range/Region:||Central Montana Rockies|
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Great Falls|
|Convenient Center:||St. Mary|
Thanks to Ronald James for adding this peak.
Dusty Star Mountain is located the Lewis Range of Glacier National Park on the east side of the Continental Divide. It is situated directly south of Going-to-the-Sun Mountain and at the west end of Saint Mary Lake. Dusty Star is the name affixed to the northeast sub-summit of parent Citadel Mountain. When viewed from the northeast from Going-to-the-Sun Road, Dusty Star appears as a tower, with 3600 feet of relief above the valley floor of the St. Mary River.
The sedimentary rock of Dusty Star 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 Dusty Star 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.
Thanks to Ronald James for this description.