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David Skau reviewed Gunsight Pass Trail
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HikingGreat!

Did this as a long day hike from Gunsight Pass Trailhead (signed on the trail as Jackson Glacier Overlook, it seems) and exiting at Lake McDonald Lodge... Amazing views of Gunsight Lake and Lake Ellen Wilson! Also lots of huckleberries and thimbleberries ripe right now below Gunsight Lake, and saw 4 mountain goats. Tried to keep distance for safety, but they don’t seem to have any concern about humans at all - would walk right toward us on trail, even within a few feet if we couldn’t get off trail far enough! Not too many people between Gunsight Lake and Sperry Chalets... which is really the part with the best views!

Fiona Jensen-Hitch reviewed The Loop and Garden Wall
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HikingBugs

Hiked on 7/31, trail fully open! I hiked with a friend (we live in the area) and we took two cars so we could do this route, the point to point. Usually there are shuttles but not this year. We started at Logan Pass, hiked up to Grinnell Overlook, and then to Granite Chalet, finishing at the Loop. The stretch from the chalet to the Loop is pretty exposed and it was very hot the day we did it, so be prepared with lots of water. I did not find this last section too bad on the knees. Tracked on my Garmin watch, exactly 14 miles.

Evonne Louvre reviewed Mount Siyeh Summit
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

We scrambled Mt. Siyeh on August 5, 2020 via the southern route and it was spectacular. It took us about 4 hours to get up and was class 2 & 3 terrain. We followed the route described in Gordon Edwards’ book, A Climber’s Guide to Glacier National Park, which you can borrow at the backcountry permit office. The trail was pretty straightforward and flat (and full of beautiful wildflowers) until you start ascending the scree and talus slope. The scree/talus was steep and very loose so we took our time, and it was tricky to navigate at times. Make sure you have a good map/track and don’t rely on just the cairns; sometimes they are few and far between and they seem to mark different routes. We got off route a couple times on the way down, but self-corrected to make sure we didn’t end up having to negotiate any class 4 terrain. The views at the top were unreal, top 5 among all the hikes we’ve done, and we saw two bears about 100 yards from the summit ridge. We were a little nervous but decided they were far enough and we kept our distance, didn’t spend long on the ridge/summit in case the bears came up, and sang loudly to make sure they knew we were there. We later learned one of them is a regular named “Sally” and that she and her friend (or cub?) were digging through the rocks in search of moth larvae. Not sure if they were black or grizzly bears; in either case, be careful. Recommended gear: hiking poles, helmet, bear spray

Alan Miller reviewed Granite Park via Highline Trail
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HikingBugsGreat!

We did this hike as part of a two-night stay at Granite Chalet from July 30, 2020 through checkout on August 1. (Lodging reservations are available through their website daily, although spots fill up quickly.) Our one-way hike of 7.9 miles took from 8:15 to about noon, for a total of a little less than four hours. It was a really nice day with temps in the 70s and there was no snow on the trail. The bugs, including horse flies, were not bad in the early morning but they were pretty thick later in the day and over the next few days. This is a spectacular trail that is moderate and allows for plenty of breaks. It is ranked the number one hike on many lists, and there are a large number of people on the trail. We saw a lot of marmots and two mountain goats on or near the trail. Since the shuttle from the Loop is not running in 2020, it would be a long single-day hike unless you can shuttle two cars or hitch a ride from the Loop to Logan Pass. I’d recommend against hiking from or to the Loop if you can avoid it, since it is much less scenic and quite hot with little shade in the afternoon.

Alexis Nguyen reviewed Siyeh Pass Trail
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Hiked this trail on 8/4 - did 4.5m in and 4.5m out. Really beautiful trail, with some of the best views of the park. A LOT of bugs, even with bug spray. There's also a river about 3 miles in that had a really strong current when I was there and was very difficult to pass, so beware. The hike is tough, but definitely worth the views!

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Hiking

Did this today in hot weather. Left 7:30 from Logan pass, took less than 90 min in the shade to the top of the haystack with a few quick stops. The next mile and a half is slightly downhill as you head towards the chalet, and you can see Lake McDonald. The last running stream water was on that first mile beyond haystack, and I’d advise maxing your bottles out when you can. The 0.8 mile hike to the glacier/lake overlook is one of the toughest trail stretches I’ve done. Full sun exposure, straight up with an incline that only steepens in the middle. No one looked good on that part. We arrived around 10:15. Views were amazing of course. We hiked back the way we came, and despite the relatively easy Highline trail, the sun becomes a beast on a hot day, especially that last mile and a half uphill stretch before you reach haystack. All said, our family of 4 (11/13 year old very fit sons) finished 12 liters of water while hiking. So plan accordingly when it’s hot, bring your filter or iodine pills, and enjoy the views. I gave 4 stars as the trail has a lot of flat walking, and I tend to like a bit more variety of terrain. I will start at 6:30 am next time if it’s hot.

Stunning alpine trail. Not too difficult except for the 0.6 mile hike up to see Grinnell glacier and the another .2 to see grinnell lake, swiftcurrent lake and lake Josephine. These views will take your breath away. Lots of wildlife including some fairly aggressive marmots who come when they hear your camera clicking! We also saw a grizzly bear 40 yards off the trail that others walked right by. Was glad I had bear spray. The wildflowers and views can’t be beat. We didn’t get to the chalet but could see it in the distance. Round trip was 15 miles - took us 9 hours - not bad for a couple in our 60’s.

Jeff Ohmer reviewed The Garden Wall
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Hiking

Full disclosure, I forgot to start the recording until we were stopped by the mountain goat on the trail so the mileage is incorrect. It was bunched up to start but after that it spread out quite a bit. Such a cool hike along the Garden Wall. We saw a lot of wildlife on the trail; mountain goats, big horn sheep, a ptarmigan, deer, marmots and other rodents. We decided to do the Grinnell Glacier Overlook (the uphill path on the right) when we got to the fork to the chalet. It was a challenging uphill hike but by taking breaks and drinking water we made it. Take it slow and you should do fine. Such spectacular views after going up a little further from the initial overlook where we could see all 3 lakes, and the Glacier. We were in the sun for most of the hike back but as the sun began setting we once again were in the shade. However, with the slow pace that we took we ran out of water on the way back. I think each of us were carrying between 2-3 liters of water, which I think it probably pretty reasonable for most people on this hike. My feet are sore and it was a long hike but I would do this hike again.

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Mark Kirschmann reviewed Siyeh Pass Trail
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Hiking

Hiked 8/4 to Siyeh pass and back. One of my favorite hikes ever. Parking at the bend was less than half full at 7:45 (but there aren’t a ton of spots). The variety seen on the trail is hard to beat- verdant forest, explosive wildflower meadows, hidden lakes (with submerged bear tracks), mountain streams, high alpine lakes, views down multiple valleys, and breathtaking mountains all around. Wind picked up at the pass so come prepared. No bears sighted.

Aaron Spieler reviewed Snyder Lake Trail
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A park ranger had recommended this hike, so I decided to give it a try. Once you split off from the main trail, the path gets very narrow and has several sections that are overgrown. Wear long pants if you are likely to get itchy. Also, the pond at the end is not very large and there are only a few spots to get into the water. The views are still spectacular though which is why I still give it 3 stars.

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HikingBugs
First to Review

Flat top is a lousy hike, very steep 5.7 miles to the campsite that is on a plateau with no views, but is marshy and infested with mosquitos and flies....avoid this hike and camp site!

Piper Long reviewed Otokomi Lake
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HikingOver grown

This was a difficult hike for me because I am out of shape, but it was so worth it! The lake is spectacular, water is crystal clear. We caught trout in the stream on the way up and in the lake too. Lots of raspberries and huckleberries along the trail. Saw 2 grizzly bears on this trail and a third grizzly bear catching trout in the lake. Have never been so close to a bear in my life. Thankfully they had no interest in us. Take bear spray and wear good hiking shoes!!

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Hiking

Note: Although the full Swiftcurrent Pass trail itself is closed for the 2020 season, you can get to a gorgeous overlook on the Highline Trail about one mile (one-way) from the Granite Chalet. We hiked a small part of this trail, from Granite Chalet to the start of Swiftcurrent Pass, on July 31, 2020, from about 11:45 am to 12:45 pm, including a break for pictures. We stopped before the red “Closed” sign (indicating that the Swiftcurrent Trail is closed in 2020) and hiked the trail to the right for a few hundred feet. There was no snow on the trail and the temperatures were in the 70s. We were able to view about four to five lakes and a herd of mountain goats. Definitely worth the extra 2 +/- miles from the chalet.

Jennifer Clifford Clark reviewed Highline Trail: Logan Pass to Granite Park Chalet
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What a beautiful hike. Not kid friendly. Cliffs. Ran into a family of mountain goats on the trail. Also, we took off to experience the sunset on the trail, and avoid the crowds.

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HikingBugsGreat!

I started from Logan pass and took the detour to the Glacier overlook. The main hike in itself is moderate. So for an average hiker it’s an easy one.. but the detour to the glacier is very rough. It’s around 1 mile (more than the official .6 mile). The elevation is very steep and saps the energy out. But it’s absolutely worth the pain. Once you get up you see 1 lake and the receding glacier. Hike up for 5 more min and you are rewarded with 3 more lakes. Took around 7 hours in total. Carry at least 2 liters of water and save your energy for the glacier incline. Totally worth the hike. WRT the main hike, it’s pretty flat and an easy walk. Rewarded with sweeping Mountain View’s and an occasional mountain goat. The trail is well maintained and can get crowded in the beginning. You don’t have to do the full trail till the loop. Half of it is enough if you are in for the views. IMHO, do the glacier detour..

Ben Balderson reviewed The Garden Wall
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Hiking

Awesome. But actually 17.3 miles.

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Caitlin Walsh reviewed The Loop and Garden Wall
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Hiking

It was pretty cold in the morning for a Texan, but very worth it. It is long. This was our very first hiking trip (came here for our honeymoon), so it was truly difficult. We actually tracked 13.1 miles for the whole trail.

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Dan Ryan reviewed Siyeh Pass Trail
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HikingGreat!Rocky

We hiked this trail on August 3rd and did the full 21 miler. We got to the parking lot around 7:45 am and started hiking by 7:50 am. We are pretty fast hikers but stopped to take pictures of the wildflowers and the amazing views along the way. We were able to make it to the turn around by 12pm for lunch before starting our hike back. Got back to the car by 5 pm even after taking time for the lunch break and a 10 minute rest break before starting the final ascent to the pass. Wind picked up quite a bit on our way back and there weren't very many other hikers on the trail which was nice. Didn't see any bears but there are a few sections where you'll want to make sure you make a lot of noise, especially over the wind. We saw a lot of marmots and a mountain goat though! The views are spectacular and if you have the energy, I would recommend the full hike.

Mark Kirschmann reviewed The Garden Wall
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Hiking

Did out and back to garden wall on 8/1. Got to Logan at 7:10 a.m. and it was half full- maybe the morning rain kept some folks away. Most trails have a reward you work for at the end. This trail was rewarding from start to finish. After a little hiking we got acclimated to the drop offs. Differing weather and sunlight conditions made the return portion seem like a new trail on the way back. Incredible hike and a must do if you can!

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Hiking

One of my favorite hikes

Jordan Cook reviewed Granite Park via Highline Trail
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Hiking

This trail is open but beware, thanks to our piece of shit Park Service and the lunacy surrounding COVID, they aren’t running shuttles this year. And no, they aren’t reducing admission fees or our taxes this year even though half this fucking Park is closed. So without the shuttle you have no way of getting between the Loop and Logan Pass. Thanks government.

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