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Logan Pass Opening 2016
All 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are now open for 2016! While more snow than we had last year at this time, the snow is definitely disappearing fast. If you’re planning on hiking in the high country on such trails as the Highline, we still have some time before that melts out.
I also drove down to St. Mary Falls to see what the area looks like after last summer’s Reynolds Creek Fire. I’d not seen it since the burn and I have to say that it’s pretty amazing. The hike feels like a completely different trail. I had to stop and try and remember what it used to look like a couple of times. Three things I’m really digging after the fire has gone through are the beautiful new undergrowth, great birding, and new expansive views.
As you turn up the St. Mary River drainage in the past, you could hear the river, but barely see it. You can now see it immediately, then continually as you head up towards the falls. Through the whole hike you can see peaks all around. Really cool things. Check out the photos below for St. Mary Falls and the rest of the Logan Pass opening 2016 trip.
Overall, amazing morning getting out and driving up to the fantastic Logan Pass!
16 responses to “Logan Pass Opening 2016”
Love the pictures. We will be ther this weekend.
Thanks for the update! Outstanding photos and video. We’re really excited to see the St Mary Falls trail after the fire. Will make that a top priority when we get there.
Love your Maps and blog! Thanks for making Montana easy to share with the whole world!
Need a little help. I will be at Glacier Aug 8th – 12th with a party of six hikers. I plan on being at the permit office at about 3 am two days prior to get permits. My question is do I have a good chance of getting permits for Kintia lake – Goat Haunt, or Ptarmigan trail head to Goat Haunt for a party of six?
Did the fire burn into the Siyeh/Piegan trail head area? Thanks!
Hey Jake! How goes the snow melt? My daughter Brooke, and I, are traveling to Glacier next week for a backpacking trip. I would very much like to take her over Gunsight Pass but i have some concern about the snow field at the top. Friends have recommended Belly River Drainage, but we prefer high altitude lakes and views. We realize this is a challenge early but i want Brooke to have an epic first trip to Glacier. Transportation is a concern since we only have one vehicle. Any advice on a 4 to 5 day trip is most appreciated.
thanks! -Matt and Brooke
Hi Jake, we are halfway across Montana on our way to Glacier. Appreciate your reply and had decided to follow your discretion and not plan on Gunsight Pass. We intended to follow your recommendation on the Belly River area POI-ELF-COS-GLH either direction. That plan is no longer available and we can’t find another itinerary in that area that doesn’t have a 12 plus mile day. Plan on staying in a campground tonight and arriving backcountry office around 6 but no longer sure which area to head toward. Any thoughts.