Siyeh Pass Trail | Glacier National Park, Montana
Absolutely breathtaking day hike (10.3 miles) can be hiked from Glacier National Park's Siyeh Bend to Sunrift Gorge, or the reverse. It is a high elevation trail with views of Mt. Siyeh, Going-to-the-Sun Mountain, Matahpi Peak, and St. Mary Lake in the distance. The trail features incredible red and green rock walls and terminal moraine formations around the Sexton Glacier. Wildflowers abound and sightings of Mountain Goats, Bighorn Sheep and even sometimes Grizzlies aren't unusual.
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark
Both trailheads are on Montana's Going-to-the-Sun-Road on the east side of Logan Pass.
Estimated Time it Takes to Experience this Trail
full day hike
The trail begins at the Piegan Pass trailhead at Siyeh Bend, climbs up through stands of subalpine fir and spruce, then crosses Preston Park and zigzags up the rocky talus slope of Matahpi to Siyeh Pass, then descends through the Baring Creek valley with St. Mary Lake in the distance. Or, for a longer more strenuous hike reverse the route, beginning at Sun Rift Gorge. After a short steep climb above Sun Rift Gorge, the trail opens into the breathtaking Baring Creek valley with Going-to-the-Sun Mountain towering above the trail as it parallels the creek ,climbing through lovely red rock formations. Alongside, the creek forms alternating cascades and pools. After leaving the creek, the trail works through a prolific huckleberry patch and then traverses Goat Mountain's flank to the head of the valley. A series of steep switchbacks ascend to the col, the trail winds around Matahpi's shoulder, and then descends over Siyeh Pass into Preston Park.
Highlights and Best Features of this Trail
Siyeh Pass is the highest elevation trail in Glacier Park at 8080 feet. Baring Creek, fed by Sexton Glacier and countless waterfalls, cuts down through the valley floor over cliffs and ledges of deep red rock, forming blue-green pools of icy water. Preston Park, on the west side of the pass, is a lovely high alpine meadow strewn with wildflowers. Bears especially appreciate Preston Park, so keep alert on this hike, hike in groups, and don't whisper.
Trail Vertical Gain or Loss
From Piegan Pass trailhead: 2240' in 4.7 miles, from Sunrift Gorge trailhead: 3440' in 5.6 miles