Siyeh Pass

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

Siyeh Pass in Glacier National Park is a fantastic through hike, which is always a bonus when you get to see new sites and scenery all day long! The trail head (pictured above) begins at Siyeh Bend on the Going to the Sun Road, and it comes out about 10 miles later at Sunrift Gorge. This means you’ll end up a few miles away from the parking lot where you’ll park your car – but don’t worry they’ve made it super easy to navigate the park with a great shuttle system during the summer months!

The day we hiked Siyeh there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, (which can be a bit boring sometimes for photography) but it really gives you the full picture of why Montana is called Big Sky Country! The sky has an incredible depth of blue color, and it seems to go on for miles! One of the things I love the most about cloudless days, is how the sky gets an almost magical ombre effect, (see above photo).

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

The trail shares the same start as Piegan Pass, and starts off along Siyeh creek. You’re mostly in the trees to start, but you quickly climb up into some spectacular views, (be sure to look back a few times because you’ll see Jackson Glacier)! After the trail splits off, you’ll continue upwards towards a meadow area called Preston Park, which is filled with wildflowers in mid-July. Looking back from the Preston Park area, you’ll see Piegan Glacier in the distance, (see above photo).

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

You’ll pass through beautiful streams, meadows, and ponds. And… if it wasn’t beautiful enough, the scenery becomes ever more impressive as you make the climb upwards into the pass!

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

This is one view you’ll see once you reach the pass – it’s looking north into Canada where the rock becomes red in color, and the landscape is simply breathtaking!

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

As you continue through the pass, you start to see views of Sexton Glacier (above photo) for a total of 3 glaciers in 1 day! I don’t know of another hike in Glacier where you see so many in just 1 hike! It was getting to be a bit later in the day for us, so the glacier was in the shade when we got to the other side, but the views were still spectacular.

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

As the trail winds down the other side, you’ll get a more up close and personal look at some of that beautiful red rock.

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

We hiked Siyeh in September so there weren’t really any wildflowers until we stumbled across these gorgeous monkey flowers, (their color is absolutely unreal) near a late-melting snow field!

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

As you descend into the valley, you’ll see St. Mary’s Lake off in the distance, (see above photo) and the sun starts to set over Sexton Glacier, (see below photo).

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

Since we went in the late fall we were running short on daylight, but if you go mid-summer you’ll have many more hours to enjoy this fantastic hike!

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

Siyeh Pass | Get Inspired Everyday!

Near the end of the trail you’ll meet up with Sunrift Gorge, where you’ll want to stop every 2 feet for yet another spectacular waterfall shot!

 

 

4 Comments on “Siyeh Pass”

  1. Joseph

    Your photos gives me resolve to try the hike. I reside in the North fork of the
    Flathead. need a group setting? Any ideas.
    I’m a senior in pretty good shape

    Joe

    1. Kari

      Hi Joe, I know of a couple of groups in the area, and I’ll email some more details about how to get a hold of them. So glad you were inspired to get out and hike by our photos! 🙂

  2. Cheryl

    Thanks for taking me with you on that hike. I love how your photography captures the essence of the area. With snow up to our armpits right now, it is great remembering such a fantastic (warm) day. Makes me even more excited for hiking this summer. Thanks for sharing your photos.

    1. Kari

      It’s been great going through the photos because it’s really motivating me to start getting in shape for the next hiking season! Thanks for the compliment on the photography, and I’m so glad we did kill the day by stopping every 10 feet to take another picture! Can’t wait to go hiking with you again, and we should start planning the next adventure! 🙂

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