Photography on 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.

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ūü•áTop Contributor

3 months ago

Beautiful!

Bring some layers, it's cold up here! Sooo pretty!! Plan a few days to go to this area this depending on weather (clouds, etc..) so you can get a clear view one day!

Spot On!

I'm a Montana native and growing up visited Glacier almost every summer! Logan Pass (especially Hidden Lake and surrounding areas that you have pictured beautifully) are highlights that absolutely nobody should miss. The trails are all well signed, paved and wildlife around every corner. Not to be missed!

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ūü•áTop Contributor

about 4 years ago

Beautiful Spot

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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