Pitamakan Pass is one of many hidden gems in GNP. You will discover breathtaking mountain top views, pass by several serene lakes and will (most importantly) be miles away from any sign of an individual in flip flops. Buckle that chest strap because this is not a trail to mess with.

This gripping, 16 mile round trail reveals adventure at every turn. Nestled behind Pray Lake in Glacier National Park, the Pitamakan Pass hike will begin at the North Shore Trailhead. To access this trailhead, a fifteen dollar fee may be payed to cross Pray Lake by boat. If your pocket book is running dry or you're really wanting to burn some extra calories, a 1.5 mile trail near Two Medicine Campground will lead you around the lake and to North Shore Trailhead. Once you've reached your starting point, the adventure begins and the trail is well marked.

As a quick note of caution, this trail is not to be taken lightly. Be expecting an elevation gain of roughly 2,500 feet and some high winds on top of the pass due to lack of cover. You will have many precious miles of solitude, so pay careful attention to wildlife and take the necessary measures to stay safe.

Pack List

  • Rain Jacket - EVEN if your careful examination of the forecast says no rain. We were caught in an unexpected mountain top storm
  • Snacks
  • Bear Spray
  • Bear Bell or some prepared songs to sing in order to ward off wildlife.
  • Camera
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RT Distance 15.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 2500 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer
Trail Type Loop
Features
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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