Just east of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park lies Siyeh Bend and the start of the Piegan Pass trail. On this blog, I hiked through from Many Glacier as part of an 8 day backpacking trip to my car which was waiting for me at Siyeh Bend. I had hiked it as an out and back from the Going to the Sun Road a couple of times, so I’d only seen half of the journey… and I was missing out on another fantastic side.
From Many Glacier, you work your way up through trees with a few glances down at Lake Josephine and Grinnell Lake as you pass through avalanche chutes. While passing through those avalanche chutes, towering views of Mt. Gould flanking Angel Wing round out a beautiful start.
Eventually, you’ll begin entering some spooky forest with beautiful meadows and cross Cataract Creek. You’ll follow Cataract Creek and cross it again as you begin to enter the subalpine. The fauna begins to diminish and the views open up to the cathedral walls which make up the back of the Garden Wall. Feather Plume Falls cascades from breathtaking heights, but you aren’t done with waterfalls. A ways up Cataract Creek, you’ll come to the gorgeous Morning Eagle Falls. You could turn around here and have chalked it up to a wonderful day.
If you keep going, you’ll encounter a few switchbacks to get up to a terraced alpine landscape surrounded by gorgeous cliffs. You look up towards the pass and wonder how the trail works its way up, but it does make it and you start into the shale covered cliffs and work your way up with a glance into a beautiful little glacial pond.
Once at the pass, you can enjoy views of two fantastic drainages. The way to Going to the Sun Road has wonderful views for some time, eventually entering some alpine firs and the outer edges of Preston Park with its dizzying display of flowers. It eventually gets swallowed up in the trees and finally makes its way out to the road.
If you’re looking for a great out and back from either side or are able to do a through hike, this trip is fantastic! Beautiful views, waterfalls, varied terrain and a great chance to see a wide array of animals.