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Trail

10.2 mile 16.5 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,229' 679 m
Descent: -3,371' -1,027 m
High: 8,075' 2,461 m
Low: 4,705' 1,434 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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Trail shared by Jake Bramante

Work your way past alpine flower meadows, breathtaking views, fantastic mountains, and a glacier.

Jake Bramante

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

Bring bear spray.

Overview

Climb through a wonderful forest to beautiful flower meadows, up through rocky landscapes surrounded by towering peaks, then work your way down from a nearby glacier that feeds a cascading creek through red rock layers to the valley below.

Need to Know

Utilize the free park shuttle which usually runs from July 1st through Labor Day weekend. Always bring a warm hat and gloves as well as a rain jacket as travel through this area, even on a hot summer day, can change quickly. Make sure that you either purchase or rent bear spray. It can be rented in Apgar Village.

Description

This top-of-the-world route features incredible alpine meadows and great glacier views. Visitors will park at the Siyeh Bend trailhead, and will start out on the Siyeh Bend Trail. The trail is in the trees for the first several miles. At a little over 2.5 miles in, the Siyeh Pass Trail breaks off to the west and heads up Preston Park. This is one of the prettiest alpine meadows in the park, and is a perfect spot for lunch. Mt. Siyeh, one of six peaks in Glacier that is over 10,000 feet high, dominates the view to the north. To the west, Piegan Glacier clings to the top of Piegan Mountain.

At the head of the valley, the trail has some switchbacks up the rocky slopes of Matahpi Peak to the pass. From there, you'll have excellent views into three different drainages. The pass is a great place to stop for a quick rest before descending 3,400 feet over 5.4 miles of trail. Mountain goats and bighorn sheep are often seen on the Baring Creek side of the pass as you look at Sexton Glacier, which is the main source of the creek. The terrain moves from rocky to alpine to recently burned forest.

The trail comes out at Sunrift Gorge, which is a wonderful treat waiting for you at the end of the trek where the creek has hewn a straight slice through the rock. It is also a popular stop for the park’s shuttle system, which can bring you right back to your vehicle at Siyeh Bend.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visithike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

Arnica and beargrass give way to fleabane, glacier lilies, and gentian. Grizzlies frequent Preston Park, so be alert. A wide variety of glacier's wildlife can be seen along this trail including mountain goat, bighorn sheep, elk, and even moose.

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Sep 4, 2018
Logan Shaver
10.2mi
Aug 20, 2018
Lucy Smokey
went siyeh pass to siyeh bend (aka Up!). 10.2mi
Aug 13, 2018
Sebastian Chavez
Started at siyeh bend/river. Hiked up through pine forest and up to pass. Had lunch off of cliff. Hiked over & down. Great view of 3 valleys. Smokey 10.2mi
Aug 9, 2018
Dylan Taylor
Stunning hike, first of four in Glacier. Winds through three distinct areas: subalpine forest, alpine meadow, tallus. 9.5mi — 4h 24m
Jul 28, 2018
Jackson Ross-Parent
Jul 21, 2018
Maël Menguy
10mi
Jul 13, 2018
Axiom Inc
Jul 6, 2018
Michael Olesin
Beautiful scenery...some bear scat, but no actual sightings.

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