Gunsight Pass

Location: Northwest Montana
Trip Starts: Going To The Sun Road
Trip Ends: Lake McDonald
Total Distance: 19.7 miles
Hike Type: One-Way, Shuttle Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Trails Used: Gunsight Pass, Sperry, Sperry Chalet Trails
Trail Traffic: Moderate
Trip Type: Overnight to Multi-Day Hike
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Glacier National Park
Park Headquarters
PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936
(406) 888-7800


Glacier preserves over 1,000,000 acres of forests, alpine meadows, and lakes. Its diverse habitats are home to over 70 species of mammals and over 260 species of birds. The spectacular glaciated landscape is a hikers paradise containing 700 miles of maintained trails that lead deep into one of the largest intact ecosystems in the lower 48 states. The park contains over 350 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and six National Historic Landmarks. In 1932 Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Park, in Canada, were designated Wateron-Glacier International Peace Park. This designation celebrates the longstanding peace and friendship between our two nations. Glacier and Waterton Lakes have both been designated as Biosphere Reserves and together were recognized, in 1995, as a World Heritage Site.

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.

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