Although you will gain almost 4,600 feet in elevation, Stanton Mountain, with an elevation of 7,750 feet, is considered an “easy” mountain as far as the Northern Rockies go. It has a nice trail for the first 2.3 miles, and about half a mile of serious bushwhacking, followed by a more open timber area.
After that it becomes a steep ascent through some old burn with no shade, then tundra, and finally bare rocks to the summit with spectacular views. There is snow almost until July, so this peak is a nice climb for early season, with a steady, fairly moderate pace, which most experienced climbers can do in about 3 hours. From the summit there is a very nice view of Lake McDonald, and on its edge, Apgar Village. Keep in mind that after you cross a stream early on there is no more water.
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