Mount Cleveland is located east of the Waterton Valley in northern Glacier National Park. Mount Cleveland is situated about five miles east of the Continental Divide which follows the crest of the Lewis Range. Mount Cleveland is the highest point in the park and in the Lewis Range. Mount Cleveland is also noteworthy for its 5000 feet of prominence and impressive local relief. The sedimentary rock of Mount Cleveland 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 Mount Cleveland 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. On the east side of Mount Cleveland are remnants of the Whitecrow Glacier. However, it is predicted that by the year 2030 there will be no remaining glaciers in Glacier National Park due to global warming.
Mount Cleveland is named for the 22nd and 24th president of the United States. Grover Cleveland is notable as the only US president to serve 2 non-consecutive terms. During his second term in 1897, President Grover Cleveland established the Lewis and Clark Forest Reserve, which includes the land area of what later became Glacier National Park in 1910.
Stunning views of Mount Cleveland can be seen from the boat ride or from hiking trails in the hills above the Waterton town site. The easiest access to the Mount Cleveland is via Upper Waterton Lake on a shuttle boat from Waterton to Goat Haunt. From Goat Haunt expect about 8 miles of route-finding and over 6000 feet of elevation gain to reach the summit by way of a scramble route on the West Face. There are other routes on the mountain including the challenging North Face.
Refer to A Climber's Guide to Glacier National Park by J. Gordon Edwards for information regarding the climbing routes on Mount Cleveland.
|Range/Region:||Central Montana Rockies|
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug|
|Year first climbed:||1924|
|First successful climber(s):||Sierra Club members|
|Nearest major airport:||Calgary, Alberta or Great Falls, Montana|
|Convenient Center:||Waterton, AB|
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