One of our possibilities to get back to Logan Pass is to hike out on the Piegan Pass trail; however we’re concerned that it is a 12.8 mile hike and apparently the trailhead is 3 miles from Logan Pass. You could just go to the Fork. This is an extremely popular trail in Glacier National Park. You’ll catch some glimpses of wildlife, like mountain goats and bighorn sheep. The first part of this trail is through a shady, cool forest. There is nothing to see on the downhill walk to the Loop. It’s a short, switchback trail to the top of the pass. The 2nd hike here at Logan Pass is the HIGHLINE TRAIL. Kara has certainly grown taller over the year(s)! The detour to Grinnell Glacier Overlook is the trail to the left. Cheers, Julie. Once it was a good thirty feet away from the trail, Kara and I continued on our way. Check the status of the trail before you go. We have some shorter hikes planned as well but thought that 3 full day hikes would be a bit much, We have not hiked Iceberg Lake but I hear it’s beautiful and it’s a favorite of many of the locals here. Ótimo lugar para se avistar ursos, cabras da montanha, carneiros da montanha, raposas, coiotes e cervos. From the Granite Park Chalet, it is a 4-mile hike to get to the Loop. 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. Logan Pass: Nice little hike! Logan Pass: Incredible hike - See 1,237 traveller reviews, 925 candid photos, and great deals for Glacier National Park, MT, at Tripadvisor. 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, Difficulty – Moderate if going south to north, strenuous going north to south. The hike isn't too far from Logan's Pass Visitor Center, and you're guaranteed to see some wildlife along the way. It’s also possible to see black bear or grizzly bear. This is one of the biggest decisions of the day. Hidden Lake Overlook from the Logan Pass Visitor Center; 2.6 miles out-and-back; this is a short and fairly easy hike, though it is all uphill on the way out and downhill on the way back. We came to a stop, I kept talking, calmly voicing my thoughts to Kara, so the bear could hear us and so that Kara knew what I was thinking. Cheers, Julie, Thanks! Get updates on trail closures here. Yes, this is an option, and it has several advantages. Have fun in Glacier! Piegan Pass We were on our own at this point with no hikers nearby. The most popular route takes the Highline Trail from Logan Pass to Granite Park Chalet, then over the pass to Many Glacier, which is the route described here. Were shuttles open? Even at this relatively early hour, there were only a handful of parking spaces still available. Start at Logan Pass and turn around whenever you are ready, but I so no need to go past the Glacier Park Chalet. The Highline Trail starts just across Going-to-the-Sun Road from the parking lot. The plan for the day was to do a couple of hikes that start from the visitor center on Logan Pass. Heading to Glacier end of August/early September this year. The elevation gain is minimal, so if you are looking for a hike with high alpine views without having to hike up a massive mountain, you won’t find a better hike than the Highline Trail. In fact, locals call bear bells “dinner bells,” since studies show that they can actually make bears more curious and want to investigate the sound of the bells. However, the advantage of parking here is that once you are done your hike, you do not have to wait for the shuttle to take you back to your car. The parking lot at Logan Pass gets full fast, but visitors can take a free shuttle to avoid the … Since the Many Glacier area of the park is closed, it may be worth it for some people to hike the spur trail to the Grinnell Glacier Overlook just to get a glimpse of this area of the park. A black bear crossed the trail in front of us (keep reading to learn more) and several other hikers told us that they spotted a grizzly bear. Summertime is the only time to hike these trails, as the Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed in winter. Logan Pass Opening 2015. We are currently touring the national parks in Colorado and traffic seems lighter than normal. The scenery, wildlife, ledges, and overlooks make this a bucket list trail for any avid hiker. The arrival of the opening of Going-to-the-Sun Road all the way to Logan Pass in Glacier National Park is always exciting. Here’s proof – I organized a hike for a family reunion last week, and when we reached Logan Pass at 9:15 am the parking lot was full! If you park here, you will hike to the Loop and then take the shuttle back to your car at Logan Pass. Swiftcurrent Pass makes for a big, fantastic, hiking day no matter which route you decide to take. By continuing to browse this website you are agreeing to our use of cookies. It’s a beautiful hike and it’s not too strenuous. We drive up the Sun Road to Logan Pass several times a year during different months. We did not do this, since the day before we hiked to Grinnell Glacier from Many Glacier. Read all of our articles in our United States Destination Guide. I don’t see any major issues with hiking Highline out and back. While hiking, I was constantly scanning not only the trail in front of us, but also the trees and brush along the sides of the trail. You’ll pass alongside the river, by beautiful lakes and gushing waterfalls, before heading steeply uphill to the pass. This first mile is one of the best parts of Highline Trail. Carry bear spray and keep a conversation going with fellow hikers in order to alert bear of your presence. The line can be long so expect to wait for a spot on the shuttle. Kara and I had been keeping up a conversation…we played A LOT of rounds of 20 questions while hiking the Highline trail. If you are lucky, you can spot deer, mountain goats, and Bighorn sheep. This hike can be done in either direction. For this hike, it's a perpetual haul going as far along as you'd like. You’ll cross Piegan Pass, see an array of wildflowers, travel a wide range of elevations and cross creeks. Because this hike is one-way, you can take a shuttle back to your car. This trail is for backpackers who want to get into the backcountry of Glacier National Park. Logan Pass. To get back to Logan Pass, get in the line for the eastbound shuttle. Some trails will take you higher than the pass elevation. If the shuttle is not running, you can do this as an out-and-back hike. The final shuttle from the Loop to Logan Pass is at 5:20 pm. Take advantage of the free park shuttle to get back to your car. When you do this hike, turn around at the Glacier Park Chalet. Any foreseeable problems with that? Logan Pass: Best hike - See 1,235 traveller reviews, 914 candid photos, and great deals for Glacier National Park, MT, at Tripadvisor. However, there are some picnic benches and tables at the chalet so it does make a nice place to stop and take a break. Happy hiking! Hello Caitlin. I guess it heard our voices because it ran off the trail and went a few feet into the brush. If you have a fear of heights, this first section could be very challenging. Logan Pass: Hike to Hidden Lake - See 1,235 traveller reviews, 914 candid photos, and great deals for Glacier National Park, MT, at Tripadvisor. However, you can turn around whenever you like. Hello Josh. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes. We’re still thinking about hiking the Highline Trail but as an out-and-back from Logan Pass. Cheers, Julie. It felt great to reach Going-to-the-Sun Road. And just 3 days after we did this hike, the Highline Trail closed due to increased grizzly bear activity. By 8 am, the parking lot is usually full. So park there. Both of these bear sightings were between Granite Park Chalet and the Loop. These hiking stats are for the Highline Trail, starting at Logan Pass and ending at the Loop, without any detours. You can park at either Logan Pass or the Loop. The views are incredible and some of my favorites of the day. It was at this part of the hike where Kara and I encountered a lone black bear on the trail. Others may hike one or more of the several trails or simply take in the splendid views of surrounding peaks, alpine meadows and distant lakes. For experienced hikers it will seem crowded, but for the average Glacier visitor, it’s a great foray into the Rocky Mountain permafrost. At first, the hiking trail was a crowded. Since we finished earlier than the main crowd, we did not have to wait in line for the shuttle to Logan Pass. You’ll cross Piegan Pass, see an array of wildflowers, travel a wide range of elevations and cross creeks. Yes, Kara really has grown up fast. Later in the hike there is a brief cliff section very similar to this, but it does have quite the same dramatic drop-off to the road below. They stood just a few feet from the trail, happily munching away, and didn’t seem to mind how close we were as we passed them. Also, just in case it is very busy, plan on getting to the Logan Pass parking lot very early in the morning. Mountain goats in the snow above the Logan Pass Visitor Center. It doesn’t take long until you leave the shade of the trees and enter what remains of an old forest fire. Give us a follow if you want to be kept up to date about what’s happening! Logan Pass has a very large parking lot, a visitor center, a water fountain, and restrooms. If you park here, you will hike to the Loop and then take the shuttle back to your car at Logan Pass. Logan Pass has a very large parking lot, a visitor center, a water fountain, and restrooms. From the Grinnell Glacier detour, it’s less than one mile of hiking to get to Granite Park Chalet. You can find Big Horn Sheep even when you are driving on Going to the Sun road in this area. The trailhead is at the Logan Pass Visitors Center. So many people make the drive to Logan Pass that the large parking lot … Tip 10: Be also on the lookout for Big Horn Sheep on the snowfield across Logan Pass. Thanks! Elevation Gain: 800 feet We made it through the road blockages & found a parking spot at the lot on the pass. If you are traveling to Glacier National Park in June, September, or October, check the status of Going-to-the-Sun Road here. Logan Pass is the highest elevation (6646ft/2025m) reachable by car in the park. If you have any questions about hiking the Highline Trail or if you want to share your experience, comment below! Since 1995, we've built travel guides that promote great outdoor destinations. This section is relatively easy to hike, running between Logan Pass and the Granite Park Chalet. The trail to Haystack Pass, which is off in distance. But Kara and I hike fast, so within a few miles, we passed many of the hikers and were almost on our own. Like you, we did not want to do 3 big hikes, so we are saving Iceberg for a future visit. Trailhead: Logan Pass is 32 miles east of the park’s west entrance, and 18 miles from the eastern entrance. If it were me, I’d try to get to Logan Pass between 7 and 7:30 am. There'll be a posted sign for distances and mileages ranging from 7 mile walks all the way up to 29 miles. Logan Pass Hiking. The hiking trail is in blue and Going-to-the-Sun Road is white. Sadly our Norway trip is on hold due to COVID so we have opted to head to Glacier. If you turn around at Glacier Park Chalet, this becomes almost 16 miles in length. Overall, it will be a longer hike, but you get to enjoy the spectacular views the entire time. This section of the Highline Trail has the most exposure, so if you can do this, you should be fine on the remainder of the hike. The Logan Pass parking lot fills up by 11:00 during peak season since many people park there to begin their Highline Trail hike as well as others that originate there. The best way to get started on this trail is to park at the Loop on Going to the Sun Road and take the free shuttle up to Logan Pass, then hike back to your car. Avalanche Lake Families will love this hike that is just 2 miles long with a 500-foot elevation gain. The view of Grinnell Glacier from the viewpoint on the Many Glacier trail. It’s a challenging hike, but the views of waterfalls and wildlife make it worth the effort. This wait can be as long as one hour during peak times (midday to early afternoon). With only 800 feet of elevation gain over 12 miles, this hike is relatively flat and fast. Yes, shuttles were running last year. 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. Extend the hike by visiting beautiful Hidden Lake. Other than the bear encounter, it was a monotonous hike from the Granite Park Chalet to the Loop. Loved this blog post. Since you mentioned that the Skyline Trail was relatively unimpressive and steep from the Chalet down to the Loop, would you recommend going as far as the Chalet or the Grinnel Glacier Fork and then return back to Logan Pass? This makes a great place to take a break and have lunch. I recommend turning around at or before you reach Glacier Park Chalet. Earth Trekkers is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn advertising fees by advertising & linking to Amazon.com. Hello Paul. I’m glad we keep coming up in your internet searches. However, we did hike Grinnell Glacier and it was awesome. Expect high traffic here, especially on the first section, all day long. You may have to do some scrambling to the top, but once there, you’ll love the scenery! The shuttles are small and they leave two available seats for people getting on at the Loop. This has been called the best day hike in Glacier. At Logan Pass you can take two Glacier Park Hikes – an easy hike to Hidden Lake and a challenging one down the Highline Trail.Behind the Swiftcurrent Motor in you can make a 10 mile hike to Iceberg Lake in the Many Glacier Valley.The Grinnell Glacier hike is a strenuous trek that starts near the Many Glacier Hotel. Check the status here. Happy hiking! Unfortunately the shuttles will not be running and the east entrances are going to be closed for the remainder of the year. 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. Once at the viewpoint, you will be standing on the Continental Divide with panoramic views of Glacier National Park. I hope you have a great time in your upcoming trip!! Required fields are marked *. Once here, the views are amazing and it’s a mostly downhill walk to Granite Park Chalet. I wonder how crowded Glacier will be this year…if the park closures and Covid will keep traffic down? Trailhead: The Siyeh Pass Trailhead is on Going-to-the-Sun Road 3 miles east of the Logan Pass. Hike from Siyeh Bend to Many Glacier Lodge to see some incredible views along the way. If you do not have plans to hike to Grinnell Glacier on a separate day, I recommend adding this detour onto your day. The views are spectacular and we got to see bear and mountain goats up close. When did you take this trip? The final shuttle from the Loop to Logan Pass is at 5:20 pm. On the left side is a drop-off to Going-to-the-Sun Road. Logan Pass: Must see whether hike or not - See 1,234 traveller reviews, 914 candid photos, and great deals for Glacier National Park, MT, at Tripadvisor. Length of Time: 5 to 7 hours Pro Travel Tip: Plan on getting to Logan Pass by 7:30 am. Looking back at Logan Pass from the Highline Trail. 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