Holland Peak, Montana

Prominence: 3996 ft, 1218 m

Elevation: 9356 feet, 2852 meters

True Isolation: 18.71 mi, 30.12 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 9360 ft / 2853 m
SubpeaksHolland Peak-South Peak (8852 ft/2698 m)
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)47° 32' 6'' N, 113° 34' 57'' W
47.53506, -113.582438 (Dec Deg)
305643 E 5267858 N, Zone 12 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionMissoula

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Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 47
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 44)

Selected Trip Reports:
     1992-09-22 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2006-08-19 by Tony Brown
     2012-08-16 by Edward Earl
     2013-07-22 by Duncan Lennon
     2013-08-14 by Bob Bolton (GPS Track)
     2014-10-05 by Felix Smith (Unsuccessful)
     2015-07-12 by John Bardsley (GPS Track)
     2015-07-24 by Kevin Fraley
     2015-08-09 by Sam Grant (GPS Track)
     2016-07-30 by John Bardsley
     2017 by Tim Worth
     2017-07-12 by Dustin Erickson
     2021-06-21 by Nick Jacobson
     2021-08-09 by Wake Troy (GPS Track)

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Holland Peak is one of the many fine, craggy, remote, and generally unknown peaks that are found throughout Montana. It is the highest peak in the rugged and imposing Swan Range, as well as the highest summit in the western part of the vast Bob Marshall wilderness. It can be climbed as a day hike that involves some serious scrambling, but a massive vertical rise, brushy trails, and the threat of grizzlies makes most ascents lonely experiences.

Holland Peak rises above the Swan Valley on the west and "the Bob" on the east. The west face is notable for its sheer rise above the beautiful Rumble Creek Lakes. The upper lake is in a hanging valley surrounded by the summit cliffs on its uphill shores, and a long, narrow cascade from its outlet drops down to the lower lake. The lakes are popular with fishermen, who usually outnumber the hikers in the area of the peak. The climb, however, is far easier than trying to ascend Swan Peak, the slightly lower peak 12 miles north that is the range's second highest summit.

Climbing Notes:

Start from the Cooney fire tower area near Condon, MT. Past the tower the access road dips a little to where trail #192 starts. Hike up this trail for about half a mile, to where a brushy and extremely steep herd path leads uphill right after a creek crossing. After levelling off the path bears right to the lower Rumble Creek Lake, winds around its forested shores, and then climbs steeply uphill alongside the cascading brook. To avoid this steep and treacherous section it is possible to travel cross-country to the left, up a series of low transverse rock ridges.

At the upper Rumble Creek Lake find the incredibly steep path leading up the nose of the summit ridge, immediately south of the lake's outlet. Climb the tussocky path to the gentle talus slopes above, then climb over the south summit to the col between it and the main summit. Tiptoe carefully across the slabs in the notch (it's a long way down!) and then climb the steeper talus to the summit. Strong hikers/scramblers shouldn't have any trouble making this a day hike if they start early enough, but the vertical gain is a solid 5000 feet.

Holland Peak towers above Upper Rumble Creek Lake (1992-09-22).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 3996 ft/1218 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 4036 ft/1230 m
  Line Parent: Rocky Mountain
  Key Col: 5360 ft/1634 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 18.71 mi/30.12 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 47.3833, -113.9133
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    McDonald Peak  (SW)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Rocky Mountains
Range3: Central Montana Rocky Mountains
Range4: Bob Marshall Ranges
Range5: Swan Range (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsPend Oreille
Pacific-Western USA
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Flathead National Forest
Wilderness/Special Area: Bob Marshall Wilderness Area
Topo MapHolland Peak O47113e5 1:24,000
Route #1 Scramble: Rumble Creek Lakes
Trailhead: Cooney Lookout Tower (Dirt Road) 4510 ft/1375 m
Vertical Gain: 4846 ft/1477 m
Distance (one way): 4.5 mi/7.24 km
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Holland Peak from the south end of the "knife-edge", which was easily walkable. Note that you will want to find a ledge west of the ridge at the south end that avoids some 3rd class rock (2013-08-14). Photo by Bob Bolton.
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