Siyeh Pass Loop*^

Date: 08/26/2014

Location: Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, MT

Distance: 10.4 Miles (point to point)

Elevation Gain: 2280ft

Highest Point: 8100 ft

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From Siyeh Bend, the trail climbs under forest canopy for 2 miles before reaching a meadowland known as Preston Park, above.  The open airy trail offers constant view from this point on. Climbing towards the Siyeh Pass – the saddle below.

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Mt Siyeh

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1/2 way up, looking back to Preston Park and Piegan Mountain

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A short section of ledge right after the Pass

This maybe the best day hike in GNP.  The only blemish on this near perfect trail is the first 2 miles of boring forest trail.  Otherwise the payoff at the top of pass viewing Barring Creek Valley and Sexton Glacier was almost without match in the park (ok, maybe Pitamakan Pass to Dawson Pass at Two Medicine).  It also boasts as the highest maintained trail in GNP.

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Boulder Creek Valley

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Sexton Glacier and Going to the Sun Mountain above and Barring Creek Valley below

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Looking back at the Pass

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Close encounter with a black bear on the trail

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We re-entered an alpine forest for the last 3/4 mile and arrived at Sunrift Gorge for our ride.

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