Fall Day Hike – Firebrand Pass
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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.
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): 8 miles / Total elevation gain: 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 are 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.