Hiking The Gunsight Pass

The 13th most popular hiking trail in Montana.

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West of St. Mary in Glacier National Park, the popular 20 mile Gunsight Pass Trail passes more glaciers than any other hiking trail in the park. It starts from the Jackson Glacier Overlook west of St. Marys on Going-To-The-Sun Road. It descends down to and follows St. Mary River climbing back up to Gunsight Lake and Gunsight Pass. Next, it follows the headwall of Lincoln Creek Valley past Lake Ellen Wilson, and then over Lincoln Pass. Stop at the Sperry Chalet for a rest (overnight accommodations typically require booking in January). Head up the spur trail to the Sperry Glacier (7.4 mi round trip). Afterwards, continue on the Gunsight Pass Trail down into the Sprague Creek Valley and on to Lake McDonald.

Overall, Gunsight Pass is the 13th most popular hiking trail of all 19 hikes in Montana. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Gunsight Pass including Great Northern Traverse, Northern Circle Route, Grinnell Glacier and Ptarmigan Tunnel.

Gunsight Pass Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Glacier National Park (406) 888-7800; GNP Backcountry Permits (406) 888-7900; Montana Visitors (800) 847-4868; Hiker Shuttle (406) 888-9187 or 756-2444.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Montana" from Bill Schneider

Recommended Map:  "Glacier National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Jul. - Aug.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Sperry Chalet (888) 345-2649

Luxury Loding:  Glacier Park Lodges (406) 756-2444

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/glac/

GPS:  48.6774, -113.6507

Date Published:  12/27/2015

Date Updated:  7/18/2016

ID:  13151

Gunsight Pass Hiking Map


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