Firebrand Pass Guided Day Hike

One of the most challenging hikes in Glacier National Park.

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Distance

up to 8 Miles

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Elevation Gain

1,500 Feet

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Difficulty

Moderate

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Cost Per Person

$100

Hike Overview

Step into the wild and undisturbed aspen parklands just below the Continental Divide. This outing will appeal to those that wish to get off the beaten path and experience a portion of Glacier that sees very few visitors each year. This full-day excursion begins at the Lubec trailhead, just 45 minutes from West Glacier. Our first steps along the trail will transport us into a habitat that supports beavers, mountain lions, moose, bears, and more.

*Please note that the turnaround point on shoulder season hikes may vary due to weather and conditions.

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Firebrand Pass Guided Day Hike

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Educational Guided Tour

Join us as we step into the wild and undisturbed aspen parklands just below the Continental Divide. This outing will appeal to those that wish to get off the beaten path’ and experience a portion of Glacier that sees very few visitors each year. This full-day excursion begins at the Lubec trailhead, just 45 minutes from West Glacier. Our first steps along the trail will transport us into habitat that supports beavers, mountain lions, moose, bears, and more. We will move slowly through the golden aspen parklands as we learn about this unique ecosystem and the wildlife that it supports. We will pay special attention to the treetops in this area, as it provides fantastic habitat for numerous species of birds. As we move out of the forested section of our hike, we will be offered spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. As we break for lunch on the trail, we will take the time to look for sheep, goats, eagles, and more on the surrounding hillsides.

*Please note that the turnaround point on shoulder season hikes may vary due to weather and conditions.

Meeting Place: 320 Nucleus Ave, Columbia Falls, MT 59912

Food: Please bring a trail lunch, plenty of water and snacks for the day.

Physical Requirements: Total Distance (roundtrip): up to 8 miles / Total elevation gain: up to 1500 feet

Park Entrance Fees: Participants are responsible for purchasing their park entry passes prior to the course. These can be purchased online at: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74280.

Equipment: Most importantly, bring comfortable hiking shoes, at least 1-2 liter water bottle, backpack, rain gear, hat, and sunscreen. Weather can be varied, especially at high elevations, so please be prepared with appropriate clothing, especially warm layers for potential snow and high winds. Binoculars are very useful, but optional, as well as field guides that interest you.

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What to Expect On Your Firebrand Pass | Guided Day Hike

Join us as we step into the wild and undisturbed aspen parklands just below the Continental Divide. This outing will appeal to those that wish to get off the beaten path’ and experience a portion of Glacier that sees very few visitors each year. The hiking distance covers up to 8 miles and up to 1,500 elevation change.

Hike Details

  • This program meets at Glacier Institute 320 Nucleus Ave, Columbia Falls.
  • The program will begin 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Hiking distance covers up to 8 miles with up to 1,500 feet elevation change.
  • On-site parking available.
  • There is a maximum number of 14 hikers per trip.
  • This program has a minimum guest count of 3 people. In the unlikely case we don’t reach that number, you will be notified prior to the event.

What to Bring

Please remember that weather in NW Montana during all seasons can change quickly from warm and sunny to freezing at any time of the year. We recommend checking the weather prior to your trip. Please also check your course information sheet for specific gear requirements in addition to those listed below.

    • Lightweight hiking boots or a sturdy pair of hiking shoes
    • 2 liter sized water bottle or Camelback
    • Day Pack with plastic bag liner or cover
    • Waterproof rain jacket and pants
    • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant & lip balm
    • Camera (optional)
    • Trekking poles, if you like to use them for hiking (optional)
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Field Notebook notes and sketches

Download complete checklist here