Siyeh Pass

There are a few classic day hikes in Glacier National Park and Siyeh Pass is definitely high on that list. You start out at the Piegan Pass trailhead. After spending a mile or so in the trees, you leave the Piegan Pass trail for the Siyeh Pass trail and break out into Preston Park. Hit it at the right time and you’ll be spoiled by meadows of alpine flowers in addition to the towering peaks and alpine firs. Keep a watch out for grizzlies in this area!

You then leave the green behind you and head up to the rocky pass and have a brief look into the untrailed Boulder Creek valley at the Pass and then look into the Baring Creek drainage down to St. Mary. Here, you’ll get to see the back side of Going-to-the-Sun Mountain and Matahpi Peak and the Sexton Glacier that they protect. At the pass, you’ve got a good chance of seeing some goats and/or sheep, so keep your eyes peeled.

Numerous little creeks and waterfalls from the glacier and snowfields above come together to form Baring Creek which tumbles in little waterfalls and pools all the way down into the unique feature known as Sunrift Gorge and the end of a long, but rewarding journey.

One last note is that this isn’t for the faint of knees. Since you start at a high elevation and gain even more to Siyeh Pass, you have well over 3,000 feet to descend.

Siyeh Pass
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7 responses to “Siyeh Pass”

  1. Mike Kinsella Avatar
    Mike Kinsella

    I’ve only done the first part of this hike since we broke off at Piegan Pass and went to Many Glacier- that hike was about 12 miles. How long is the Siyeh loop?

    1. hike734 Avatar

      Pretty similar in distance. My GPS said we did a shade over 10.5 miles. Both hikes are great though.

  2. Caitlin Amy Avatar
    Caitlin Amy

    Hey Jake
    I saw you speak up in Whitefish in March and you are so awesome! Great speaker and very entertaining! Of course fantastic pics and video footage that you share so well.
    My friend and I take a girls-day hike in Glacier each year. In 2009 we did Iceberg. 2010 was Grinnell. We did this hike in 2011 and we enjoyed it immensely!! So beautiful and we got some great pics like yours. Love you for putting this site together, and am finding it helpful as we try to plan our 2012 day hike in Glacier. I will hollar at you what we decide…so far have it narrowed down to Medicine Grizzly or Gunsight after watching your rockin’ videos. Thanks so much! Peace out.

    1. hike734 Avatar

      Thanks! You guys are awesome! Great choices.

      Hmmm, would you do Gunsight (as in Gunsight Lake) as a day hike? Either one would be fantastic. I would also suggest Lee Ridge. Bring water as there isn’t any on the trail and you might see one other person, but it’s super epic and very unique and gets you into the Belly River area where less people go. Speaking of other areas, you could always do Numa Ridge Lookout and have some yummy pastries at the Polebridge Merc either before or after your hike. (or take some with you for the lookout)

      Whatever you decide, I’d love to hear what you do!

  3. Frank Nowakowski Avatar
    Frank Nowakowski

    Just did the Siyeh Pass loop hike on Wednesday September 5th. It was below freezing with heavy frost at the parking lot area at GTTS road. I hit the trail at 0845 with one other set of hikers. The hike up through the trees to Preston Park was quiet and uneventful. Met another couple on the way. Had my lunch near the top of the pass in near calm. Nothing but an occasional gentle breeze. Started over and down the switchbacks, shared the trail with two other hikers from the Czech Republic. Entire trip up and down I saw a grand total of eleven other people! Love GNP in the Fall when most of the visitors start to leave. The flowers are starting to die, leaves starting to turn. Cool weather in the morning and low 70’s in the afternoon…About perfect. Great hike!

    1. September is my favorite month to be out on the trail! Sounds like you had a great hike. 😀

  4. John Lacy Avatar
    John Lacy

    Hi Jake, I was in Many Glacier early July last year and did all the trails there. I’m staying in St Mary’s this time but much earlier. Late May. Planning to do Siyeh Pass but was wondering if it would be open. Some of the trails in Many Glacier were closed last July. Grinnell Glacier and Ptarmigan Tunnel. I know you can’t predict the weather, but do you think we’ll have any issues with trail closures in St Mary’s? Love your map and blog! Regards Indy John

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