Logan Pass, Glacier National Park Hiking

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Logan Pass

Hiking the trails around Logan Pass provides scenic views along the Continental Divide in Montana’s Glacier National Park, with treks for experienced hikers and easy trails for families with kids.

  • The Hidden Lake Trail is an easy 3-mile hike taking you to the lake overlook
  • Siyeh Pass Trail is a 10.3-mile trail through meadows and across creeks
  • Highline Trail takes you 7.6 miles between Logan Pass and Granite Park Chalet
  • Gunsight Pass is a backpacking trip of 2 days

Overview

Glacier National Park trails near Logan Pass, at 6,646 above sea level, give all outdoor lovers the chance to see marvelous vistas as well as plenty of wildlife. Some trails will take you higher than the pass elevation. Summertime is the only time to hike these trails, as the Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed in winter.

Hidden Lake
Part of this trail is a boardwalk, making the 3-mile hike that much easier. Cross open meadows, see the beautiful Hidden Lake overlook, and perhaps spot some mountain goats. On the way back, you’ll also get a view of Garden Wall. This is a popular trail at Logan Pass. Trailhead: Logan Pass is 32 miles east of the park’s west entrance, and 18 miles from the eastern entrance. The trailhead is at the Logan Pass Visitors Center. 

  • Distance – 3 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 1.75 hours
  • Elevation Gain – 460 feet
  • Difficulty – Easy
  • Trail Type – Out and back

Gunsight Pass
This trail is for backpackers who want to get into the backcountry of Glacier National Park. You can, of course, hike shorter sections of it, such as the 7 miles to Gunsight Lake. Because this hike is one-way, you can take a shuttle back to your car. Taking you through forests and past glaciers, this hike is well worth the time and planning to experience the best of Glacier National Park. Trailhead: The trailhead for Gunsight Pass is on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, between St. Mary Lake and Logan Pass, at a turnout shared by the overlook for Jackson Glacier. 

  • Distance – 20.6 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 2 days
  • Elevation Gain – 3,000 feet
  • Difficulty – Moderate to strenuous
  • Trail Type – One-way

Piegan Pass
Hike from Siyeh Bend to Many Glacier Lodge to see some incredible views along the way. You’ll cross Piegan Pass, see an array of wildflowers, travel a wide range of elevations and cross creeks. Trailhead: The Piegan Pass Trailhead is on Going-to-the-Sun Road 15 miles west of St. Mary and 3 miles east of Logan Pass. It begins at the Siyeh Bend parking area. 

  • Distance – 12.8 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 7.5 hours
  • Elevation Gain – 1,670 feet
  • Difficulty – Moderate if going south to north, strenuous going north to south
  • Trail Type – Out and back

Siyeh Pass
This has been called the best day hike in Glacier. Starting at Siyeh Bend, you cross a rustic wooden bridge and hike through lovely meadows, make your way across creeks and climb rocky slopes. It’s a challenging hike, but the views of waterfalls and wildlife make it worth the effort. Trailhead: The Siyeh Pass Trailhead is on Going-to-the-Sun Road 3 miles east of the Logan Pass. It starts at the Siyeh Bend parking area. 

  • Distance – 10.3 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 6.5 hours
  • Elevation Gain – 2,240 feet
  • Difficulty – Moderate
  • Trail Type – One-way

Mt. Oberlin
Follow this well marked trail for great views of Clements Mountain, Going-to-the-Sun Mountain and the Garden Wall. You may have to do some scrambling to the top, but once there, you’ll love the scenery! Trailhead: The trailhead is accessible from the Logan Pass Visitor Center, off the Going-to-the-Sun Road. 

  • Distance – 3 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 2.5 hours
  • Elevation Gain – 1,500 feet
  • Difficulty – Moderate
  • Trail Type – Out and back

Highline Trail
The Garden Wall section of the Highline Trail offers hikers the chance to really get up close and personal to the beauty of Glacier National Park. This section is relatively easy to hike, running between Logan Pass and the Granite Park Chalet. You’ll catch some glimpses of wildlife, like mountain goats and bighorn sheep. Trailhead: Follow Going-to-the-Sun Road to the Logan Pass Visitor Center parking lot where the trailhead begins. 

  • Distance – 7.6 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 5 hours
  • Elevation Gain – 2,434 feet
  • Difficulty – Moderate
  • Trail Type – One-way