Piegan Pass Trail is a 24.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Essex, MT that features a lake. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking, walking, and backpacking.
One of the best hikes for views in my entire life. Outstanding.
We hiked from Many up through the pass to the Sy Bend. Beware the vast majority of the ascent is in the 2 or 3 miles just before the pass itself. Also, make the short side trip to Grinnell Lake.
We hiked in 3-miles. Took us 3.5 hours, up and back from Siyah Bend. That's with a break at the halfway point. We hiked another spot earlier in the day, so a clearing with an amazing mountain view was our halfway point. This is DEFINITELY grizzly country, so pack a whistle and bear mace. We saw several bear scat, but no bear. We were really loud so not much wildlife, except a lot of marmot and squirrel. This is a moderate climb, with a pretty good elevation gain. You start off next to a swift creek and then begin gaining elevation in a forested area. Watch for bears on the blind corners and over hills. Once you get out of the trees, that's where the views really get wonderful.
Incredible views and amazing wild life. ran into two grizzlys in the woods. suprised them and thank goodness they ran. There was a snow cave on the cliff and on our way back it collapsed. A deer was on the trail and it took some work to make him move so we could get by. At the top the view is incredible and a small lake is the strangest blue I have ever seen. Waterfall from glacier coming down thousands of feet. Amazing!!
Amazing hike. Keep driving down for. Logan's Pass towards St. Mary's campground and its between there. It's moderate difficulty but its very do-able. First you walk along a gorgeous river and then split into the woods for awhile. Then you'll come out into meadows filled with wildflowers. The hike leads you through the mountain but I always stop at the top before the trail goes through the mountains. This area is rocky and gives you an amazing view of the mountains and the park. Pack a good picnic for the top. There are no restrooms so use the one by the parking area before you start. I never encounter wildlife bigger than a marmot but you never know. Mountain goats, rams, deer, and bears live in this area.
Real nice hike gaining 1670 feet from Siyeh Bend on Going-to-the-Sun Road to Piegan Pass. First 2.7 miles thru meadows and forrest with the last 1.8 across the talus slopes of Cataract Mountain. The turnaround point is the high col of Piegan Pass with an option to contiue onward to Many Glacier Hotel or Baring Creek exit onto the highway at mile 40. Mountain goats frequently seen on slopes leading to the high col of Piegan Pass.