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).
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).
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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).
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!
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!