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.
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.
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.
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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.