Logan Pass Boardwalk - Glacier Highline

Know Before You Go: Logan Pass

Logan Pass, an integral part of Glacier National Park, is a destination that beckons to explorers and nature enthusiasts alike. Perched along the world-renowned Going-to-the-Sun Road, this mountain pass offers sweeping vistas of the surrounding terrain, making it a prime attraction for park visitors. Serving as an informational hub within this captivating landscape, the Logan Pass Visitor Center plays a vital role in assisting guests with resources, trail maps, and visitor information. In this blog, we will delve into the notable features and significance of Logan Pass and its Visitor Center within the context of Glacier National Park.

Where is Logan Pass? How high is Logan Pass?

Standing tall at 6,646 ft, Logan Pass is the highest part of GNP reachable by car. Located at the top of the famous Going-To-The-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.

What are the mountains right around Logan Pass and the Visitor Center?

Both the Livingston Range and the Lewis and Clark Ranges run through Glacier National Park. From Logan Pass you will mainly be seeing Mt. Reynolds (East), Mt. Clements (North) and Bearhat Mtn (Southwest). These peaks are all part of the Lewis and Clark Range.

Logan Pass Sign - Glacier Highline

What are the trails that start at Logan’s Pass?

Hidden Lake and the Highline Trail start right from Logan Pass! Siyeh Pass, Piegan Pass and Gunsight Pass are a few wonderful hikes as well and start a mile or 2 away from Logan Pass Visitor Center.

What wildlife can sometimes be seen there?

Bighorn sheep, mountain goats, marmots, and pikas are generally a pretty safe bet of things you will see while you are at the visitor center. If you are lucky you may also spot a bear or any other animal, keep your eyes peeled.  Remember we are in their backyard to keep your distance and do not disturb them.

What is the history of Logan’s Pass?

 The area of Logan Pass was used by the Native Americans as an access point to the valleys below. This trip wasn’t for the faint at heart due to the terrain of the Rocky Mountains. They were unable to use their horses and had to pack in a line using ropes to help them reach the top; they used snowshoes in the winter to help them as well. This method was used until Logan proposed a road across the park and after 11 years of grueling construction, in 1932 Going To The Sun Road was complete.

Who is Logan anyway?

Major William R. Logan, Glacier National Park’s first Superintendent. 1910-1912. He made outstanding contributions to the beginning of Glacier, a few of his most known decisions were to get more trails within the park and hiring park rangers.

When was the visitor center built?

Construction on the Visitor Center was started on the visitor center in 1963 and was completed by 1966. Logan Pass Visitor was a part of the Mission 66 program to help enhance and expand visitor centers in National Park across the Nation. It also ended up being one of the most significant builds during the project.

When does the visitor center close and why? What is the Big Drift area?

Logan Pass Visitor Center is open seasonally, generally opening in Mid- June into late September. This is ALWAYS weather-dependent. Due to the elevation, they have a longer Winter than we do here in the Flathead Valley and there is LOTS of work to be done and snow to move before their season can begin. One of the more challenging areas to get ready is called “Big Drift”, an area just East of the Visitor Center where snow can accumulate up to 80’ DEEP! You think the road is narrow in the Summer season…. Check out this video of some of the plowing process.

“It is the desire of my heart to make this park the most wonderful land in the world.” –Superintendent William R. Logan, 1911

….And that he did. Glacier National Park is sought out by millions of people every year due to its beauty. Book the trip- come and take in that mountain air, hike, sit back and capture the beautiful landscapes. It truly is a one in a million type of trip and must be on your bucket list!! Don’t sleep on this trip of a lifetime!