Glacier National Park - Gunsight Pass - Member Hike

Hike Name: Glacier National Park - Gunsight Pass
Country: United States
State: Montana
Nearby Town: Kalispell
Rating: 5 stars
Directions: Glacier's main entrances, West Glacier and St. Mary, are located on the western and eastern park boundaries at either end of Going-to-the-Sun Road. Another eastern entrance is located at Many Glacier off U.S. 89. You may enter the park near East Glacier off U.S. 89 Camas Creek (north of Apgar), Polebridge (off the North Fork Road), and Cut Bank. Also from U.S. 89, you may enter the park past East Glacier off U.S. 49 at Two Medicine.

The closest airports are Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Montana (25 miles from West Glacier) and in Great Falls, Montana (200 miles from West Glacier). Car rentals are available at both airports. Shuttles are available at the Kalispell airport.
Total Hike Distance: 19.70 miles
Hike Difficulty: Difficult
Permit Required: Yes
Hike Type: One-Way, Shuttle Hike
Hike Starts: Going To The Sun Road
Hike Ends: Lake McDonald
Trails Used: Gunsight Pass, Sperry, Sperry Chalet Trails
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams, Lakes
Management: National Park Service
Contact Information: Glacier National Park
P.O. Box 128
West Glacier, Montana 59936

(406)888-7800 (voice)
Best Season: Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: The trail across Gunsight Pass can be hiked in either direction and Glacier National Park has a transit system that makes it easy to catch a ride between trailheads so you don't have to backtrack to your car. This trip has a lot to offer: There are two stunning alpine lakes, a windy mountain pass (with a cabin shelter), and plenty of wildlife (and trout). It's a popular route in the park, so make sure you get your reservations in advance if possible. Allow three days if you plan to do the entire route.


The Ox

5,750 points


Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
Glacier National Park - Gunsight Pass - July 5, 1998 July 5, 1998 5 stars 3 days The Ox


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