320 Nucleus Ave
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
PO Box 1444
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
Join us as we hike to Siyeh Pass. Atop Siyeh Pass we will be enlivened by the gleam of Sexton glacier and that keyhole view of an imperial Reynolds peak. The Siyeh Pass trail delights its hikers with an ecological barrage of phenomena, from the gullies and rivulets that stream down from tarns through Preston Park and the spruce-fir forest to the grace of wildflower co-ops feeding a teeming collective of winged workers. Our day touches on the hydrological significance of this eastern finger of the maritime Pacific climate, a crash course in wildflower and shrub identification, how the buzzing insectary in these climes waxes and wanes through the season, and grizzly tales of the alpha omnivore of the Rockies.
Meeting Place: Outside of The Glacier Institute Field Camp Library/Office
Meeting Time: 7:30am *we will confirm this time with you leading up to your tour
Anticipated return time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm *depending on pace of group
Recommended booking dates: July through September.
Physical Requirements: Difficult- Strenuous
Distance (roundtrip): 8.9 miles / Total elevation gain: 2,090 feet
*This is your hike! If you wish to do just a portion of the trail we are happy to accommodate that
Food: Please bring a trail lunch, snacks, and at least one liter of water. Please bring a pack to carry your lunch as we will be having lunch out on the trail.
Equipment: Bring rain gear, warm jacket, gloves, a hat, and comfortable hiking shoes. It can be cold, so plan on having lots of layers of warm clothes to add and shed as necessary. Please keep in mind that snow can linger at higher elevations in Glacier National Park well into the summer months. Binoculars are useful, but optional.
Transportation during course: We will be traveling in a Glacier Institute vehicle.
Weather: This course will not be canceled due to weather. Please check the weather forecast in advance and refer to the gear list for proper attire.
*Please note that times are approximate!
7:30am: Meet outside of The Glacier Institute Field Camp Library/Office.
7:30am - 8:30am: Drive along the Going to the Sun Road. Along the way, we can stop at any of the turnouts desired to snap some pictures of Bird Woman Falls, the Weeping Wall, and other tumbling creeks and roadside spectacles. In the car we will make our introductions, we will have an overview of the day’s itinerary followed by a brief training in bear safety procedures, Leave No Trace Ethics, and trail etiquette.
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM: The first portion of our hike will focus largely on insect ecology as we observe how insects utilize Glacier’s moist microclimates and floral diversity to their advantage. We will spend time in this area looking for grizzly bears and discussing their dietary preferences as seasons and elevations change. This is also an excellent area to discover new species of wildflowers and other plants in early to mid-summer.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: After reaching our destination we will break for lunch atop the pass.
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM: As we begin our descent we will discuss the unique climates of the park and the hydrological implications on plant and animal communities.
3:30pm - 4:15pm: Return to the Glacier Institute Field Camp, stopping for any photo ops or wildlife sightings (where it is safe to do so).
4:15pm - 4:30pm: Arrival back at Field Camp. Wrap-up, Q&A, course evaluation forms.