Glacier National Park: Siyeh Bend to Sunrift Gorge

Windswept ridges, jigsaw peaks, and a bulldozing glacier are just few of the highlights on this 9.8-mile half-circle route near Going-to-the-Sun and Matahpi Peaks.
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Windswept ridges, jigsaw peaks, and a bulldozing glacier are just few of the highlights on this 9.8-mile half-circle route near Going-to-the-Sun and Matahpi Peaks.

PERMIT: Overnight camping in Glacier National Park requires a backcountry permit. Check out the latest fees and more details at nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm.
MORE PARK INFO: Glacier National Park, (406) 888-7800; nps.gov/glac/.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 15.8

Waypoints

SBF001

Location: 48.7016220092773, -113.667297363281

Siyeh Bend: Climb along the babbling Siyeh Creek into dense, tall forest

SBF002

Location: 48.6916656494141, -113.660713195801

Swing L onto Siyeh Pass Trail; elk migrate here after snowmelt

SBF003

Location: 48.7121353149414, -113.655281066895

Turn R for Siyeh Pass; wildflowers dot giant alpine bowl ahead

SBF004

Location: 48.7181205749512, -113.629188537598

Siyeh Pass; views N of an unnamed lake and Siyeh Peak (10,014 ft.); trail climbs to another windy col with stellar views of the rugged Continental Divide

SBF005

Location: 48.7116622924805, -113.624122619629

Sexton Glacier hangs from Matahpi Peak; turn L to stay on main route down
Side Trip: Turn R and go to the moraine lip to overlook the glacier

SBF006

Location: 48.7107048034668, -113.618270874023

Use caution on loose switchbacks

SBF007

Location: 48.7043991088867, -113.614868164062

Descend through a stand of short, twisted Douglas firs

SBF008

Location: 48.6939315795898, -113.608192443848

Path drops a quick 800 feet

SBF009

Location: 48.6883659362793, -113.609008789062

Cascades roar in Baring Creek

SBF010

Location: 48.682804107666, -113.601303100586

Stay E as creek carves itself into Sunrift Gorge

SBF011

Location: 48.6783599853516, -113.595542907715

Trail ends @ Going-to-the-Sun Rd.; shuttle or hike 4.8 miles back to trailhead