Siyeh Pass Route
ElevationAscent: 2,229' 679 m
Descent: -3,371' -1,027 m
High: 8,075' 2,461 m
Low: 4,705' 1,434 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)
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“Work your way past alpine flower meadows, breathtaking views, fantastic mountains, and a glacier.”— Jake Bramante
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.
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