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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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/.
- Distance: 15.8
Location: 48.7016220092773, -113.667297363281
Siyeh Bend: Climb along the babbling Siyeh Creek into dense, tall forest
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Swing L onto Siyeh Pass Trail; elk migrate here after snowmelt
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Turn R for Siyeh Pass; wildflowers dot giant alpine bowl ahead
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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
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
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Use caution on loose switchbacks
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Descend through a stand of short, twisted Douglas firs
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Path drops a quick 800 feet
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Cascades roar in Baring Creek
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Stay E as creek carves itself into Sunrift Gorge
Location: 48.6783599853516, -113.595542907715
Trail ends @ Going-to-the-Sun Rd.; shuttle or hike 4.8 miles back to trailhead