Singleshot Mountain is a long ridge located in the drier eastern half of Glacier National Park. It is situated immediately east of East Flattop Mountain, north of St. Mary Lake, and two miles west of the St. Mary entrance to the park. Travelers entering the park at this entrance are immediately greeted by the exposed layers of sedimentary rock on Singleshot's cliffy southeast face as the Going-to-the-Sun Road makes its way along the north side of St. Mary Lake. Singleshot Mountain's proximity to the Going-to-the Sun Road makes it a day hike of approximately 3400 feet of elevation gain. Camping is available at Rising Sun campground four miles west of the mountain.
The sedimentary rock of Singleshot 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 Singleshot Mountain and the other peaks in Glacier National Park began approximately two million years ago when large ice sheets of the Pleistocene Ice Age repeatedly advanced and retreated until about 12,000 years ago.
Singleshot Mountain was named by James Willard "Apikuni" Schultz. In 1885, as he was hunting game on the mountain with G. B. Grinnell, Grinnell shot and killed a running bighorn ram with a single shot from a distance of three hundred yards. (reference "It Happened in Glacier National Park" by Vince Moravek)
Refer to a Climber's Guide to Glacier National Park, by J. Gordon Edwards for route information. (page 262)
|Range/Region:||Central Montana Rockies|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Great Falls, MT|
|Convenient Center:||St. Mary, MT|
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