Swiftcurrent Pass & Swiftcurrent Lookout

Swiftcurrent Pass and Lookout Revisited – August 2012

When I went to hike up to Swiftcurrent Lookout as part of my project to hike all 734 miles of trail in Glacier National Park in the summer of 2011, I had the misfortune of having bad weather so I didn’t get to catch it in all of its majesty. In my blog, I said that I’d give it another go on a better day. That day was August 27th, 2012. This is my trip up and back to Swiftcurrent Lookout from Many Glacier!

Check out the original blog here Swiftcurrent Pass and Lookout

Swiftcurrent Pass and Swiftcurrent Lookout
Swiftcurrent Trail

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7 responses to “Swiftcurrent Pass and Lookout Revisited – August 2012”

  1. Mike Kinsella Avatar
    Mike Kinsella

    You are a glutton for punishment! I don’t even want to hear how many thousand feet you gained in elevation. You might have added a caveat to not try this unless you are in training for the Iron Man. Going from Logan Pass to the lookout and then to Many Glacier is much more reasonable for normal people (yes, the logistics are difficult).

  2. Cory DeStein Avatar
    Cory DeStein

    This was my first hike ever in Glacier, and by far the most extreme I have ever done. But it was remarkable, and unlike anything else on earth. Completely worth it! However, I may have no felt so positive while doing it!

    1. Cory, you did great! Thanks for helping me get the followup blog… I needed to get up there to do it!

  3. I am planning on doing this hike next year with my husband. Can you tell me the particulars? I’d like to know total mileage from Logan’s Pass to the chalet and down into Many Glacier. Also, you talk about the Devil’s Elbow. Do you happen to have a picture of that so I can prepare? I do have a little phobia concerning heights but I’ve managed the Highline Trail very well.


    1. You are in for a treat!! Hope the weather cooperates so that you can have a mindblowing day. 😉

      The mileage to Granite Park Chalet from Logan Pass is 7.37. From Granite Park Chalet to the Swiftcurrent Lookout Trail Junction it is .77 and then another 6.83 down to Swiftcurrent Motor Inn for a total of 7.6 miles from Granite Park Chalet to Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. The trail up to the lookout is 1.33 miles long.

      As far as devil’s elbow goes, approaching it looks pretty hairy, because it looks like it just drops straight off, but the closer you get, you see that it’s not the case. It’s not as bad as it first seems and you’ll be good. It’s a super small section and manageable even for those with height phobias. 😉

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