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Swiftcurrent Pass

 4.9 (9)

Length


7.7 Miles 12.3 Kilometers


2,308' 703 m

Ascent

-448' -137 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

7,179' 2,188 m

High

4,944' 1,507 m

Low

Shared By Jake Bramante

Conditions


All Clear 10 days ago
Dry: Seasonal creek crossing still running, but trail entirely unobstructed otherwise, History

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Trail travels from moose frequented lakes among rocky summits, past waterfalls to alpine meadows.

Jake Bramante

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly The level section of the trail at the beginning to the lakes and waterfalls are fantastic for everyone.

Bring bear spray.

Description

The trail starts at the east end of the main parking lot at Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. The level trail begins in a pleasant lodgepole forest, then crosses Wilbur Creek. It bounces between open areas and a mixed forest of aspen and lodgepole pines. This drainage is perfect habitat for moose, and the first lake that you pass is a popular one for them. There is a small trail that breaks away to Fishercap Lake approximately a quarter of a mile in. Take that and look for these large members of the deer family in the water.

From there, it's more level tree filled hiking until you break out into meadows. All around you are the wonderful rocky walls of the surrounding summits. At the head of the valley, Swiftcurrent Mountain sits with the lookout barely visible on top. The trail continues on a fairly level path, passes into some more trees and nears some red cliffs that are popular with mountain goats. It passes by the cliffs and emerges into more open meadows and views, wandering down to the shoreline of Redrock Lake. Keep an eye out for moose in this lake as it wraps around to Redrock Falls.

From the falls, the trail gently climbs through a mix of trees and meadows along Bullhead Lake with some nice views of the lake. Continue past the lake to the head of the drainage. At this point and a little over four level miles, the trail changes from moose country to bighorn sheep country and begins to climb. This area is covered in huckleberry plants giving you a perfectly valid reason to stop and catch your breath and forage for a snack.

As you gain elevation, you pass waterfalls along a rocky cliff and get amazing views of the valley you traveled up. The trail eventually levels off after many switchbacks and heads up toward the pass in earnest. You pass meadows and subalpine fir until you reach the pass itself marked with a stack of rocks that used to be topped by an old bell before World War II.

The trail continues on down the west side, past the trail to Swiftcurrent Lookout, passing streams that lead to creeks, then rivers below. Granite Park Chalet comes into view and the trail traverses a lovely meadow and joins up with the Highline Trail.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

An incredible array of flora and fauna due the variety of terrain. This is one of the better trails to see many of Glacier's megafauna from moose to bighorn sheep to mountain goats and deer to black and grizzly bears.

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Aug 13, 2018
Greg Steinmetz
This was a trail we chose due to the fires causing us not to be able to get to the Highline trail and then the Iceberg Lake trail was closed for bears 9.8mi
Aug 9, 2018
Dylan Taylor
Tame hike until 4.1 miles in when ascent starts. Beautiful every step of the way, from scenic vistas to cool forests to reflective lakes. 14mi — 5h 55m
Jul 7, 2018
Paul H
Only did beginning to give us a needed rest. Lunch at the first creek, moose at the first lake, cards at the second lake. A nice windy day 3.6mi
Jun 17, 2018
Bryan Dunning
Too much snow on an upper portion of the trail to attempt the summit but it was an incredible hike nonetheless. 6.7mi
May 19, 2018
Kristin Brewer
Hiked to Fishercap Lake and Redrock Falls
Sep 25, 2017
Joan Pendleton
Sep 17, 2017
Steve Schildwachter
Hiked from Logan Pass to Many Glacier on the Highline and Swiftcurrent Pass Trails. After a short break at the Granite Park Chalet started over th... 7.5mi
Sep 15, 2017
Steve Schildwachter
Ranger Dori led hike to Redrock Falls. Light snow along the way. Saw a kingfisher and a hooded merganser. 3.6mi

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  4.9 from 9 votes

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