Siyeh Bend

Glacier National Park, Montana

Distance1.1mi
Elevation Gain583ft
Trailhead Elevation5,848ft
Top6,314ft
Elevation Min/Max5846/6314ft
Elevation Start/End5848/5848ft

Siyeh Bend

Siyeh Bend is a hiking trail in Glacier County, Montana. It is within Glacier National Park. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 5,848 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 583 feet. The Siyeh Bend bus station is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Piegan Pass.

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Top Trails: Glacier National Park: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press)
Jean Arthur
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"On the east side of Logan Pass, the Siyeh Bend Trail connects to the Piegan Pass Trail for an easy halfloop route that is below the snow line by late spring, when Going-to-the-Sun Road may not be completely open to Logan Pass. This trip is perfect for hikers who are itching to get into the backcountry." Read more
Top Trails: Glacier National Park: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press)
Jean Arthur
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"One of Glacier’s premier trails is an all-day backcountry trek that cruises through wildflower meadows and pine and spruce forests, with views of glaciers. The route travels near the terminal moraine of Sexton Glacier at the park’s highest-elevation pass at 8,080 feet before descending past glacial tarns and waterfalls and ending along the scoured-smooth red argillite walls of Sunrift Gorge, and the shuttle back to your vehicle." Read more
Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A day hike from Siyeh Bend to Siyeh Pass, 4.7 miles (7.5 km) one- way; or from Siyeh Bend to Sunrift Gorge exit, Going- to- the- Sun Road, 10.3 miles (16.5 km) one- way. Siyeh Pass is a high- elevation route that traverses two passes on its way around Going- to- the- Sun Mountain. Snow accumulations often persist until late in the season on the south face of Matahpi Peak; rangers should be consulted concerning trail conditions before attempting this route. The hike begins at Siyeh Bend, a large hairpin turn in the Going- to- the- Sun Road on the east side of the divide. The trail ascends from the east bank of Siyeh Creek onto the forested north flank of Going- to- the- Sun Mountain, through prime elk summer range. As the trail winds upward, it passes through stands of subalpine fir and spruce. At mile 2.7 the trail forks, with the left fork turning west to Piegan Pass and the right fork rising into Preston Park on its way to Siyeh Pass." Read more

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8/1/2012
This is one of my favorite hikes in the park - high elevation views and gorgeous mountain meadows, streams and wildlife. The last switchback stretch to the pass is a bit challenging but rewarding. It is worth the extra mile to walk out the unofficial trail toward the glacier down from the pass.
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9/11/2009
The first 1 1/2 miles of this hike is shared with a horse trail. the remaining 4 1/2 have occasional horse droppings. After the first portion, the trail is OK. As bad as the first is, the end result of the lake is absolutely the prettiest sight I have ever seen. The horse manure keeps it from being a 5 star.
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8/2/2006
It is again the destination that makes this trail worth walking. Cracker Lake is a turquoise color that you will not find in any other lake in the park. It is beautiful. The hike to the lake is nothing spectacular. There is a decent climb starting with a few switch-backs and then into a steady uphill assent the rest of the way. The trail back offers better views as far as scenery goes.
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8/1/2006
Moderate but short backpack. One of my first and favorite overnight hikes of all time. Went during the heat of summer and spent time cliff jumping into the lake's glacier cold waters. Only negative is too much horse poo along the trail.
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8/5/2003
The first 1 1/2 miles we had to share with the horses. They could not go any farther due to the snow. After that it was great. Great views going to Cracker Lake and you have to stop and turn around to see the mounitains closeing you in. With only 3 campsites you dont have to worry about crowds of people. Between the bowl 3000 ft above you and the turquoies color of the lake it is a great overnighter.
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Trail Information

Glacier National Park
Nearby City
Glacier National Park
Parks
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Camping, Birding
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Features
Logan Pass, Rising Sun
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Dec 2018