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Siyeh PassNorth Central, MT
North Central, MT
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2021
Hiking9.97 Miles 2,430 AEG
Hiking9.97 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.04 mph
2,430 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
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Siyeh Pass (pronounced Sigh-YEE) is an amazing hike! I am glad that it opened up prior to our leaving Glacier National Park. A few days previously, the trail was closed due to high angle snow (snow on trails crossing steep ridges). The 100F heat wave this past week helped melt the snow earlier than is usual. It made for a miserable week of hiking, but at least some more trails were open due to snow melting away.

We started the trail from Siyeh Bend later in the day after having to move our campsite again in the morning (campsite reservations sell out in 5 minutes, so you get what you can, but it is a pain to keep moving your tent every day or so within the same Campground!). The upside to leaving later is that we then had the trail to ourselves for the entire way back from Siyeh Pass. And given Northern summer daylight until 930p,it is doable.

The trail starts off by a roaring glacial creek before heading into the forest. After a couple of miles, you are into a beautiful meadow complete with melting snow drifts and mini lakes. A second large river is near the Piegan Pass/Siyeh Junction at which you bear right. A third raging river must be fiorded (no bridge, but plenty of rocks available for hopping, or shallow enough to walk through if desired) before heading up the 18 switchbacks before the pass. As you go up it gets windier and windier, especially once you are above the treeline. The switchbacks are mainly a thin trail crossing a steep slope full of loose rock. It seems endless with the wind blowing ceaselessly, but eventually you round a corner and have some protection from the wind. The views get more spectacular the higher you go up. Views of surrounding glacial mountains, large snowbanks, and cerulean lakes. As you go higher, you can see the next valley over. After rounding the corner, you are a short distance from Siyeh Pass where there is a flat area with a giant rock pile, phenomenal views, and several snow banks. Still quite windy, but so beautiful. We were lucky enough to have the area to ourselves!! :)

You can continue on to Sunrift Gorge 5.6 miles away, or head back to Siyeh Bend which is what we did as we didn't set up a car shuttle.

Amazing and well worth the hike! This is my favorite hike of those I did this visit to the park! :) The trail is full of wildflowers of every size and color below the treeline.
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