Gunsight Pass

Glacier National Park, Montana

Elevation Gain12,102ft
Trailhead Elevation3,227ft
Elevation Min/Max3227/7070ft
Elevation Start/End3227/3227ft

Gunsight Pass

Gunsight Pass is a hiking and horse trail in Glacier County and Flathead County, Montana. It is within Glacier National Park. It is 18.4 miles long and begins at 3,227 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 37.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 12,102 feet. The Jammer Joe's Grill & Pizzeria restaurant is near the trailhead. There is also parking. The Sperry and Gunsight Lake camp sites and the Sperry Chalet can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Reynolds Creek camp site. This trail connects with the following: Sperry Lake, Snyder Ridge, Mt Brown, Ellen Wilson, Jackson Glacier, Piegan Pass, Florence Falls, Snyder Lake and Avalanche Campground.

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Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A backpack from Jackson Glacier Overlook to Lake Ellen Wilson, 10.9 miles (17.5 km) one- way; from Jackson Glacier Overlook to Sperry Chalet, 13.3 miles (22 km) one- way; or from Jackson Glacier Overlook to Lake McDonald, 20.0 miles (32 km) one-way. The Gunsight Pass Trail is an extremely popular backpacking route that ascends to the Continental Divide from the St. Mary Valley and crosses rocky ledges and alpine meadows to Sperry Chalet before descending to Lake McDonald. The high country offers access to active glaciers, excellent fishing in subalpine lakes, and viewing opportunities for many types of wildlife. The 2017 Sprague Fire burned the forests around the Sperry Chalet, and plants are already starting to rebound in an example of natural post-fire restoration."

Gunsight Pass Trip Reports

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I hiked Piegan Pass to Siyeah Pass and it was SPECTACULAR! The hike was easy (though long), going over the pass did seem never ending, but the views were fabulous, the waterfalls from Sexton Glacier were unbelievable and then Sunrift Gorge was incredible. If there's only hike you can do in Glacier National Park, this is the one.
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piegan pass is a really nice day hike. the views of the many glacier valley are spectacular. it's also fun to hike to the pass, and then go back to the trail junction and go up to siyeh pass.

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Trail Information

Glacier National Park
Nearby City
Glacier National Park
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
Logan Pass, Mount Jackson, Lake McDonald East
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