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hiking
22 hours ago

I hiked a portion of this trail with my 2 sons as many of the West Glacier trails were not open. It was a decent hike and only a little challenging although we did not complete the entire hike. There was nothing to "ooh" and "aah" about along the way, but it was still a nice hike on a narrow path. We saw a handful of other hikers on the way. The path is shared with horseback riders although we were hiking late in the day and didn't see any riders. In order to hit the trail head you must first drive a mile or so on a gravel road.

Our family has stopped on this trail at the overlook numerous times over the years; on our last visit we hiked to the lakeshore for the first time, ascending back up the trail was somewhat strenuous, but worth seeing the scenery and serenity lakeside.

SPECTACULAR HIKE!! We started at Logan Pass, the trail follows Going to the Sun Road just 100 ft up and gives sweeping views of the valley. Smoke kind of made the views less amazing than normal but still amazing! The last few miles from the chalet are very steep but better to go down that way than up it! A must do hike when in Glacier! When we got to the the Loop we took the shuttle back to Logan Pass which took a while but was better than making our way all the way back. We had a very scary run in with 4 bighorn sheep that we accidentally spooked when coming around a blind corner so just be cautious while hiking! Great hike though!

hiking
2 days ago

This is an awesome hike! We saw roughly a dozen mountain goats on the trail after the lookout. I'm not one for being around a lot of people when I hike and if you're the same way don't let the mass amount of people at the trailhead intimidate you. I would say 95% of them turn back after the lookout. We hiked it the first week of July and most of the trail to the lookout was still under a lot of snow as well as the descend to the lake. The reason for 4 stars is because of how many people are at the beginning of the trail and the simple fact of having to maneuver around them on the snowy/icy slopes.

Loved this trail and it is a nice hike to the lookout. However if you hike down to the lake it is not easy. Narrow paths, 12 switchbacks and 675 feet decline in altitude made this hike 5 miles overall and challenging. Be prepared if you are hiking to hidden lake, it is not easy after the lookout.

This hike is indeed epic as all get out. This was our first hike in the park when we went (late july). Forget all the poop you're hearing about starting at logan pass (which you can't right now anyways because of the fire closings.) Logan Pass is too "grandma-feeding-squirrels-out-of-her-car-window" anyways. We did this from The Loop to Logan Pass and it ended up being 12 miles even. Then shuttled back. The way the views progress on this route is better than the suggested opposite way.

This hike aint no joke friends. It's as tough as nails without any milk. Bring water and when in doubt, pinky out.

Disclaimer: this hike is honestly not as good as Siyeh Pass or Grinnell.
That is all. Respect nature. Goodbye.

hiking
3 days ago

We were in the park for 8 days and this was in our top 3 hikes we did. Absolutely special. Some reviews below me were totally correct in saying that this is better than the Highline Trail. Although highline is also incredible, it is too heavily trafficked to be better than Siyeh. We did this as a point to point and thumbed a ride back to the bend. After doing hidden lake and avalanche lake, it was nice to be on this trail with far less people (although giving the current fire conditions and closures to the west, there might be a ton of people out on this trail now).
This was a long hike and very very difficult towards the top by the pass with Mt. Siyeh behind you. Probably some off the steepest terrain I've ever hiked. The hike through the burnt down forest was eerie and awesome at the same time. But that means no shade. So bring lots of water!!
Besides Dawson/Pitamakan, this was our favorite hike in the park.

hiking
3 days ago

Relatively easy but crowded hike up to the ridge from Logan Pass, followed by what eventually becomes a steep set of switchbacks down to the lake surrounded by beargrass and wildflowers. After you pass the ridge, the crowds gradually thin out. Hidden Lake itself is just as pristine and photogenic as Grinnell. The climb back up is a bit challenging but short-lived. A terrific hike for wildlife viewing - mountain goats are a guarantee, look for grizzlies in the open meadows.

great hike, we took shuttle to Logan pass and ended at the Loop and went with shuttle to Apgar, it took us around 5 hours

Stunning. Feels like five hikes in one. Scenery changes and each scene is as magnificent as the last.

Amazing views and wildlife—8 year olds had no trouble with this hike. Yes, get there early for parking, but more important, for the sunrise over the peaks.

Very very very busy trail. If you're going to do it, I would definitely go early to avoid the people. I'm talking 7:00 am start time. Since the trail starts at Logan Pass, you get a lot of uneducated and unprepared dummies hiking in their pajamas. When we got to the lookout boardwalk (the trail to the lake was closed for bears at the time) there was a ranger snapping at people for getting too close to the mountain goats. People were literally a foot away from a mama and her baby. Unfortunately these animals are extremely habituated to people. The ranger was then happy to tell them of the story of a man being gored to death by a goat in Olympic National Park. Gotta give these animals their space to live in THEIR territory. We are just guests!

Smokey and can hardly see the West shoreline of Macdonald lake. Not much to see with the smoke. Relatively easy trail. My 62 year old mother made it up with many breaks and minimal complaints. Not much shade so much more enjoyable earlier in the morning.

Hiked the trail at the end of July but the trail to the lake was closed up... so sad to hear it was but the views are absolutely beautiful. Not difficult, at least to me to hike, perhaps the beginning where the ramp/sword stairs are since you’re going up can get a bit tiring.

hiking
5 days ago

I hiked this trail on 8/13/2018. The first part of the trail was almost moderate traffic, and the second half was fairly empty.
If you hike the second half (to the lake), it is slightly difficult returning due to the steepness. However, the trail is well kept and resting is a pleasure due to the views.
GORGEOUS views.
Animals: ground squirrels, chipmunks, hoary marmots, mountain goats, grizzly bears.
Yes, grizzly bears! A huge grizzly in the distance during the first third of the hike. Stayed in the area several hours as we saw it going and returning.
We also followed a stream once at the lake and saw a smaller grizzly in a pocket of the stream below (and across) from us. It spun and left after seeing us.
Returning to Hidden Lake, we possibly saw the same grizzly (10-15 mins after first spotting; could have run up the hill) or a different grizzly across the stream from us (20 ft?) eating a fish. (Fish in its mouth as it exited the stream; saw us; stopped and began to eat.)
All in all a tremendous hike in a gorgeous Park.

hiking
5 days ago

We were here visiting from the east entrance right after half the park was closed due to fire on the west side (still a thing...”indefinitely” from a forest ranger) so our trail choices were limited to half the park. BUT this is a fantastic trail. We lucked out that we were “protected” in a valley from the wildfire and actually had pretty non-hazy views.
So there’s a lot of different approaches to this one. You could be a rockstar and do an out and back: that will be about 25 miles.
Also you could do a point-to-point from either trailhead and walk the GTTSR back to your car and add about 2 more miles of an easy, paved walk (we only had to wait about 10min for a shuttle in the afternoon, though)
You could start at Sunrise Gorge and hike to Siyeh Pass trailhead (both off GTTSR) and then shuttle back to your car.
On the advice of others we did Siyeh Pass to Sunrise Gorge and shuttled back to SP.
I’m not sure which I feel is the best... SP to SG was a shorter but more elevated ascent toward the summit (about mile 4-5) and much more forest covered so softer trails.
SG to SP was much more rocky trails, less covered due to past fire clearing and then a slower ascent to the summit.
The downhill we took on the SG side was much harder on the knees due to it being longer (softer ascent) and more rocky. So we would have probably preferred to descend on the SP side if we did it again, BUT we appreciated the steeper but shorter elevation gain on the SP side vs the SG side (get it over with, right?!) ... so all in all I’m going to say what’s better is whatever you prefer. MOST were doing SP to SG but we did meet one wiley older ex park ranger that was going SG to SP (he recommended) and couldn’t figure out why until we got toward the end.

One thing to note whichever way you choose...it’s a beautiful trail. Haven’t done highline yet but this one shouldn’t be missed. Lots of different “environments” to walk through: dense forest, open meadows, rocky summit... And lots of things to see: glacier, waterfall and even the backside of the summit was an amazing view. Also our hike was clocked in at 12.3 miles NOT 10.5 according to the signs. (Took us about 6 hrs with minimal stopping)
If you’re in glacier anytime in August to the end of the season and can’t access the west side, this is an excellent day hike. Shouldn’t be missed for anyone but especially now with the wildfires.

Relative to the effort the reward is just ok, not great. Positives: Not many people, nice views at top, comfortable well maintained trail. Negatives: Very buggy all the way including at the top, the lookout tower appeared to be closed to the public when we arrived - there was a chain across the staircase leading up to the lookout with a "privacy" sign. Also noticed several people in the tower - perhaps it was rented/reserved? Is this possible? So after a long hike, we never got to go up to the tower, sat outside under the the tower and got eaten alive by mosquitos and flies. Compared to other hikes in Glacier this is average at best

Not sure how this trail ended up being labeled as a “hard” trail - I would say it’s more on the easy/moderate end. Trail is clearly marked, flat, no scree, no scrambling, relatively moderate incline with a little bit of a more steep ending but by no means should this trail be considered “hard.” Could do it without proper hiking shoes even! No poles needed. Made it up 1:30, down in 1:05. Views are okay at the top but not as incredible as other hikes in GNP.

hiking
7 days ago

Quite the breathtaking experience. An underrated trail in Glacier in my opinion. No grizzly sightings, but saw a few mountain goats and plethora of ground squirrels.

Great hike! It's got the views of Going to the Sun road but you are outside and right along a mountain, immersed in nature. Spectacular views the whole way. I was surprised to see this was rated difficult! It wasn't too steep until you are going down which is a bit rough on the knees. Overall a good choice in hikes while you are in Glacier.

Did this beauty yesterday July 28th 2018! Perfect hike if you want a bit of a challenge. wouldn't rate it difficult but it definitely gets your heart rate going:) The Tunnel is really something! The weather was perfect and we even spotted a mama grizzly and her two cubs at a safe but perfect viewing distance on the way down:)

hiking
8 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike! Like others said it gets crowded so don’t expect to be in the trail alone, unless you hike before sunrise. We hiked with 6 and 9 year old and they did fine. Didn’t quite make it all the way to the lake since we started late, but even hiking to overlook was stunning. We spotted many animals along the way including bear ( in the distance), goats, bighorn sheep, ground squirrels, and chipmunks. Highly recommend for families.

Absolutely hands down my favourite hike. It’s going to be hard to beat. The hike up to Grinnell is crazy intense but the view

Great, easy trail to the lookout and then a moderate hike to the lake. Trail is very busy and it’s difficult to find parking. Saw 10+ mountain goats on our way to the lake! Lake is beautiful and you can go for a dip if you want too.

This was a somewhat tiring hike near the end, but a fun challenge. The signs at the beginning warn of the frequency of bear sightings so we made sure to talk (almost yell!) as we walked to keep the bears at a safe distance. We saw almost no people along the way and we were gifted beautiful views at the top. I only wish we had brought more food to enjoy during our lunch break looking out over the mountain ridges and lakes!

The trail offers little shade, but my friend and I did the trail super early in the morning so it was a nice cool hike up. That part of the forest actually burned down about 15 years ago and all the trees are now the same height (around 7-8 feet tall). Some really awesome views even though it's pretty smoky this time of year. It only takes about two hours to hike up, but I would definitely recommend getting an early start to avoid the heat.

hiking
10 days ago

Parking available off of Going to the Sun Road. My father and I arrived at 7:30 AM, parked just off the official trailhead. Glacier National Park requires a vehicle pass for parking, available at ranger kiosk just west of St. Mary Village.

For the first of our four hikes in Glacier NP, we settled on Siyeh Pass. Based on the route and submitted photos, Siyeh Pass seemingly encapsulated our ideal hike: crystalline lakes, alpine passes, forest, and plentiful water. The trail starts out by following Siyeh Creek before cutting into subalpine forest. Dotted with occasional tributaries, waterfall glimpses, and captivating forest, the first two miles are a lovely, gradual climb towards the alpine zone. The trail opens up into a momentary meadow 2.4 miles in, little more than a teaser of what's to come.

Moving off the Piegan Pass trail- this is done at the junction 2.5 miles in- the Siyeh Trail incrementally becomes more scenic. It catches you somewhat off guard; relatively dense forest suddenly gives way to meadow, which morphs into a breathtaking flower-laden valley. After taking a photo consisting of pink foreground flowers contrasted with a mountainous background, I turned to my father and exclaimed, "this is ridiculous!" And indeed it was. Continuing forward, tallus switchbacks yield tantalizing views of Siyeh Mountain, Cracker Peak, and deep blue unnamed lakes. The path culminates 4.5 miles and 2,300 feet from the trailhead.

Siyeh Pass is simply remarkable. After curving around a rocky bend- the trail is almost literally carved into the mountainside- a vista suddenly expands to encompass Boulder Creek Valley, Mahtapi Peak, Sexton Glacier, and (on a clear day) Saint Mary Lake. A sizeable pass cairn marks your successful arrival. My father and I spent thirty minutes at the summit capturing photos, snacking, and fending off alpine chipmunks. Cloud buildup chased us from the pass and sent us descending the way we came.

If time and energy permits, I heavily recommend going off-trail towards an overlook of Craker's alpine tarns. The lakes, unnamed on both AllTrails and USGS Topo, are still waters that reflect the surrounding landscape with a blue hue. I captured the lake reflecting Siyeh Peak's glacier on an overcast day; this turned out wonderfully. I'm certain that an ascent up Cracker would compound these breathtaking views.

We clocked a pure out-and-back at 9.4 miles, 2,270 feet of elevation. This includes a quick off-trail venture. Overall, Siyeh Pass is a rewarding half-day hike that crosses three environmental zones. In many ways, Siyeh Pass is the quintessential introduction to Glacier National Park: subalpine forest, tranquil meadows with lush greenery, and a rocky final ascent which gives way to astonishingly saturated lakes. If you're spending a few days in Glacier, Siyeh Pass must be on your hiking list. Try to knock it out on day one!

Additionally, this hike is significantly less congested than Logan Pass or Many Glacier trailheads. We summited the pass at 09:45 and were, to our knowledge, the first ones up. Saw around three groups on the ascent (none past Piegan junction), twenty on the descent. A hidden gem of a hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Absolutely stunning hike. Starts in trees and take you through the bowl and over the Siyeh pass to see Sexton Glacier.

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