Photography on Logan Pass
Montana › Logan Pass
Added by Jason Hatfield
With towering snow-capped peaks, fields of wildflowers, rushing waterfalls, glacial fed lakes, abundant wildlife, brilliant night skies, and the occasional display of aurora, Logan Pass is one of the most incredible photographic locations in the U.S.!
Disclaimer: Glacier National Park has closed any off-trail activity in this area. The majority of the photos can be taken on-trail. Please be sure to adhere to the park's policy.
With a short window of opportunity for visiting, Logan Pass offers a wealth of photographic options. As the winter snows start to melt, a lush alpine environment of waterfalls and wildflowers is revealed, as well as wildlife returning to the area. If you bring a telephoto lens and patience, you'll find bighorn sheep, mountain goats, marmots, pikas, and even an occasional grizzly bear. Far away from any major cities, the pass has incredible views of the Milky Way, and if you're especially lucky you might catch a display of the Northern Lights.
The Going-to-the-Sun run usually opens completely in the beginning of July and closes around mid-October. Logan Pass can still have large areas of snow cover well into August so always check conditions before planning a visit. The ecosystem of the pass is very fragile due to the short growing season and high elevation. To protect the natural environment, the park has more recently enacted a closure to all off-trail travel in the area without implementing a permit process or submitting for public comments. To contact the park about this policy or propose changes please visit: nps.gov/glac/contacts.htm.
- Wide-angle Lens (f/2.8 or faster for night photography)
- Telephoto Lens for wildlife
- Memory Card
- Warm Layers
- Hiking Shoes
- Bear Spray (Grizzlys visit here!)
- Insect Repellent (the mosquitos can be quite thick in summer)
- Traction device like microspikes when snow covers the trail
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Logan Pass is about as "Glacier Park" as you're going to get from a road. The visitor center is chalk full of information and the photo ops are endless. With wildlife circulating throughout the area, there is sure to be something to catch your eye.
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