Logan Pass

Logan Pass is perhaps the most memorable location for the majority of visitors to Glacier National Park. As the apex of the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road, Logan Pass and the visitor center there see a large amount of visitors once the road opens. Each spring, a large team of road workers works long days from both the east and west sides to free the high country from the grips of winter along the road. In one place just east of the Continental Divide, the road comes around a corner where every season a humongous snow drift forms, dubbed the “Big Drift”, which some years reaches a height of over 100 feet. Even in the mildest of snow years, the parking lot at Logan Pass is stilled walled in by several feet of snow even into June. This locale, while not a place of solitude, does place the visitor well into the alpine ecosystem of Glacier, with numerous native species seemingly posing for photographs, including marmots, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, the occasional bear and often golden eagles circling above.

The famed Highline Trail starts from Logan Pass and traverses clifftops to eventually reach Granite Park chalet. In the opposite direction, a boardwalk takes even the most casual hiker to a grand viewpoint of Hidden Lake. The more adventurous hiker can continue down to Hidden Lake, where fishing opportunities abound. Several peaks in the area are easily reached due to the presence of the road and a starting elevation of over 6,500 feet affords less elevation gain than the vast majority of peaks in the park. The US “America the Beautiful” Quarter for Glacier National Park illustrates the view of Reynolds Mountain from the Logan Pass visitor center, even showing Reynolds’ north face goat trail on the coin.