Swiftcurrent Pass Trail is a 16.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near East Glacier Park, MT that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
Spent 4 days hiking the GNP back country. We hiked from the Granite Park Campground down to the Many Cpg. This was our favorite hike in the park.
This was my favorite trail by far. The views are amazing! If it's warm bring lots of water as you don't want to run out like I did! A lot of direct sun if going in August early day/afternoon. This is a challenging hike and not one for people with any weaknesses of the legs/knees. There are tons of switchbacks and take a break in the one shaded spot before the waterfall. After that it's less than 20-30 minutes to the Grinnell Glacier. Please remember to take care of the trails and park, lead by example, and love your parks as much as you care for your most prized possession.
Starting from Many Glacier was pretty easy for the first few miles but then the switchbacks don't end and get only more intense till you're at the saddle with Granite Chalet. Beautiful change of scenery. Definitely worth the struggle up to the fire lookout. Once at the chalet it's pretty easy to take a new route out, like I did loop trail to catch a shuttle.
One of the most beautiful places i have ever been. Walked through quite a bit of snow but man there is no view like it. Worth every mile
Hiked to Swiftcurrent Pass starting at The Loop trailhead. There was a good amount of snow above The Chalet.lits of wild flowers and amazing views. Even saw a grizzly bear the pass!
If you can only hike one hike on the east side of GNP I highly suggest this hike but you can make it a one way to make the most of it AND you get to see a Glacier! Park your car at Swift Current motor in or Many Glacier Hotel and use one of their shuttles to get to highest point in going to the sun road (that's if you don't have someone to drop you off). You will actually be starting on the HIGHLINE TRIAL. From there you can take a detour to see Grinnell glacier from above (VERY STRENUOUS). Along the Highline trail you will come across a chateau they do NOT have free water. You will eventually hook up with the Swift Current Pass trail, to get to the watch tower it will feel like another detour. Once you've reached the top it will be all down hill from there. You will pass Bullhead Lake and Rock creek lake. Moose live in that area so keep your eyes open! At the end it will spit you out right at Swift Current Motor Inn. The one way path I described is about 17.5 miles give or take if you include the detours. However you will need LOTS of water, $ or water purification system because the Chateau does not offer free water at all.
Its definitely worth the adventure! and the best way to see the most for the miles you put in.
Stunning views - glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and wildlife. Windy with some loose gravel on narrow sections of the trail about half way up.
Forgive me if this is a stupid question ... I'm a first time hiker and have never hiked ANYWHERE in Montana... When you hike these trails, or you hiking back? Or do you get a shuttle back? Some of these trails are over 10 miles or so. I'm just trying to figure out how many days off I need to hike some of these trails, any advice for a rookie? Thank you
hiked this trail too the end of bullhead lake (before it starts switch backing up to the pass). was about 4.5 miles one way and the entire hike out and back took four hours. this is the best trail in glacier national park. the scenery was beautiful the entire hike, as every part in the trail offered a different perspective on the surrounding mountains and forest. but the best part was the wildlife. I saw deer, moose, and a grizzly on this hike. deffinately my favorite hike in glacier
Absolutely unreal view once you get to the top of this. its a pretty rough 12+ mile hike to get to the top. When I went we were about a mile or two from the top because of snow. Saw a full male grizzly, and a female moose with calf. great hike.
Beautiful when you get to the top, but a very long 13.4 miles to the top of the pass.. First 3. Plus miles are pretty flat, then it is a pretty steady switch backs up the side of the mountain.. Saw 2 bull moose, 2 big horn sheep and a snake!! Amazing view when you make it to the top!!!!