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Another early start. The distance to the trailhead and the need to shuttle between beginning and end of trail means it's not a hike for sleep lovers.
Weather or bear activities may alter our plans. I will post changes as they come up.
Glacier weather is unpredictable. Beside the usual such as water and snacks pack a warm hat and pullover and bring rain gear.
I'll be carrying the bear spray. We should walk close together as a group and follow other bear precautions. Please see the bear safety tip below.
The Hike: This is a one way hike from Siyeh Pass trailhead on to Sunrift Gorge - both stops on Going to the Sun road . This means we need to car shuttle from either end.
We'll start on Siyeh Bend Trail from the Siyeh Bend small parking lot. The trail is in the trees for the first several miles. After about 2.5 miles walking through the trees we'll head up Preston Park, to one of the prettiest alpine meadows in the park. We'll continue to climb up Matahpi Peak to the pass. From there it's all downhill, but pretty challenging: 3,400 feet over 5.4 miles. We might see Mountain goats and bighorn sheep if we're lucky. The trail ends at Sunrift Gorge.
For more details about the hike:
Bears safety tips:
Carry bear spray or stay grouped with someone that has bear spray. Stay in sight of others and keep watch out for others in the group. Don't leave the trail without letting someone know. Carry a whistle to signal in case of trouble. Make noise - bears don't like surprises.
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Gathering Place: We'll start the hike from Siyeh Bend on the Going to the Sun road, and end at The Sunrift Gorge. The best way to do this hike is to park at The Siyeh Bend, located 2.8 miles east of the Logan Pass visitor center on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and from there shuttle half the cars to Sunrift Gorge. There's very little parking there and it's imperative that we use as few vehicles as possible. We won't use the park shuttle - I can explain if you're interested.
To shuttle: we'll leave half the cars Siyeah bend and send on the other half to Sunrift Gorge with an extra car to return the drivers to Siyeh (it's less than 5 miles between the two spots, so hopefully the operation won't take more than 15 minutes). At the end we'll do it in reverse - the cars at Sunrift Gorge will take drivers only to Siyeh bend, who will then go back to pick up their passengers.
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