I’ll start by saying this hike is certainly on my top 10 of all time list presently.
The views are nothing short of spectacular for 70% of the hike duration. I’ll summarize anything else worth noting in point form since I’m sure there is plenty of detail elsewhere on the internet.
– We started off Sunrift Gorge at and ended at Jackson Glacier Overlook, taking the shuttle pack to Sunrift. This, as it turns out, is the hard way with 1241m (4071ft) of altitude gain.
– We exited the through hike at Jackson Glacier Overlook however I would really recommend not taking this entrance as it is very forested and used very little. The best way to do this hike would be to start at Siyeh Bend and exit at Sunrift Gorge in my opinion.
– Siyeh Pass was seriously windy when we were there. I was trying to talk to a ranger who was asking about trail conditions and we could barely have a basic conversation due to wind noise.
– The trail was still snow bound in a few places when we passed through, particularly approaching Siyeh Pass via the south side. We needed to bypass the trail in this area since there was too much snow and the trail was not visible. Our GPS route reflects this fact as we approached the pass. An ice axe might be handy as well as basic route finding skills. Hiking this in August would be the best time.
Here are a few photos and the GPS track. I didn’t set my altimeter from a known point so elevation on the GPS track are not likely to be correct.
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