|Range/Region:||Central Montana Rockies|
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Great Falls, MT|
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Mount Oberlin is located in the Lewis Range in Glacier National Park. It is situated one mile west of the Continental Divide directly north of Clements Mountain and northwest of Logan Pass. The scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road affords ample photographic opportunities to capture this mountain's rugged features. The sheer northeast face rises abruptly nearly four thousand feet from Logan Creek giving it significant local relief. Mount Gould and Bishops Cap occupy the opposite side of Logan Creek valley. Bird Woman Falls is a famous photogenic waterfall on the west side of Oberlin. The southeast slope is covered with flowery meadows and scree of a moderate angle. From the southeast slope, Mount Oberlin is a relatively straightforward scramble, which due to its close proximity to the Going-to-the Sun Road makes it a fairly simple day hike of slightly more than 1400 feet of elevation gain from the trail at Logan Pass. Check at the park visitor center at Logan Pass for climbing information.
The sedimentary rock of Mount Oberlin 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 Oberlin 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.
The peak was named in 1896 by Dr. Lyman B. Sperry for Oberlin College in Ohio at which he studied. Sperry was responsible for much early exploration in what would later become Glacier National Park.
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