Rising Wolf Mountain
Rising Wolf Mountain (9,513 feet) is the largest and tallest mountain in the Two Medicine Area. It's base is over 20 miles in circumference, and it rises 4,200 feet directly above Two Medicine Lake! The views from this famous mountain are absolutely stunning, and it's always worth the 22+ mile day to summit this great peak.
The photos you are about to see are from a very rare and exciting day. This is because when we reached the summit, there was a sow grizzly and her cub also sitting on the summit! This was exciting, but also a little stressful because if there was going to be trouble, we were over ten difficult miles away from any help. So we stayed calm, got out our bear spray, and video taped them for about 7 minutes.
They were playing & wrestling on a snow field, and the video footage really turned out nice. The cub was absolutely adorable as it kept jumping on her mom. The mother would then hold it as in a wrestling move, until the cub broke free and jumped on her again. We could have watched them for hours, but we didn't want to push our luck. So we snapped a few photos from the summit of the tremendous view, and headed quickly back down the mountain. Seeing Grizzlies on a summit is extremely rare, and we feel very fortunate to have experienced it.
A view of the Mountain...
Rising Wolf Mountain towers over the Two Medicine Area.
Views from the Summit:
This is the view to the northwest from the summit of Rising Wolf Mountian. Flinsch Peak is the sharp matterhorn to the left. Just behind Flinsch to it's right is the famous Mount Stimson, one of the six peaks over ten thousand feet in the park. The lake below Flinsch Peak is Young Man Lake.
The view from this great mountain is amazing. Shannon is facing west. The peak to the left of Flinsch Peak is Mount Phillips, with Lupfer Glacier resting on it's east face. The saddle to the left of Flinsch Peak (in front of Lupfer Glacier) is Dawson Pass. We're still about 500 feet below the summit in this photo.
This is the summit cairn with the eastern prairie sprawling out behind Shannon. Rising Wolf is so much higher than it's surrounding neighbors that it makes you feel like you are on top of the world!
Flinsch Peak is a classic matterhorn, being carved out by 3 glaciers simultaneously during the last ice age. The lake below it is Young Man Lake, and the peak just to the right of Flinsch is Mount Stimson.
This is a view of Rising Wolf from Flinsch Peak. Note Young Man Lake to the left, and in the distant right is Two Medicine Lake. The camera is facing straight east.
Because of the grizzly bears on the summit, we didn't get to take a lot of photos. But we'll trade that any time for grizzlies on a summit!
This is a view to the south west. The peak in the foreground that is lit up with sunlight is Mount Helen, and the small lake below it is No Name Lake. The lake to the left is Upper Two Medicine Lake. The tall, sharply pointed peak in the distance is Mount Saint Nicholas, which is the most technically challenging peak in the park.
Grizzlies on the summit!
Here are our friends who shared the summit with us. This sow and cub grizzly were more interested in wrestling in the snow than worrying about us. But we noticed that even though they were pre-occupied, the mother never took her eyes off us. Wait until you see the video- it's really incredible watching them playing! (coming soon)
The cub would "attack" her mom, and the mom would lay down and pretend the cub was winning. Again, wait until you see the video- it's adorable! (coming soon)
Even though the grizzlies were pre-occupied with their wrestling match, the mother ALWAYS kept her eyes on us.
This is the very long 4 mile west ridge of Rising Wolf Mountain. It seems to go forever. The summit remained covered in clouds the entire way up, and it cleared just as we reached the summit. It was like we were climbing up to the heavens. Little did we know there was a sow and cub grizzly waiting for us on the summit!
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