Glacier Park Trails, Hiking, Travel

Firebrand Pass – Glacier National Park

If you’re planning a trip to Glacier National Park, I recommend that you purchase Jake Bramante’s Glacier National Park Day Hikes guide at In his guide you will find the best trails, their distance and elevation changes. It also helps you find trails like this one, which is a little off the beaten path, but well worth the effort. We parked, then crossed railroad tracks to find the trail head for this fun adventure.

The parking area is below the road. The beginning of this trail in September 2016 was muddy and had lots of snow at the top. The views are amazing and we only saw one other person the  entire day.
Trail head has a spot to secure your horse. 
We didn’t see any horses, but can highly recommend this trail.

This trail is 10.2 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 2,100 feet. It’s east of the Marias Pass and really showcases the east side of the Continental Divide. You’ll walk though meadows and aspen pockets before coming to lodgepole forest and eventually to great views.

Fall colors of the Mountain Ash

You can’t tell by this picture, just how muddy the trail was at the beginning of this trip.

This trail provides expansive views of the southeast corner of Glacier NP. Keep an eye out for huckleberry bushes, which features yummy berries smaller, but just as delicious as blueberries.


We couldn’t resist leaving a Snow Ambassador for the lone hiker following behind us.
Snow in September.
Spot the trail?
Our boots and pants were caked in mud! Had to relegate my boots to the garden after this trip!


2 thoughts on “Firebrand Pass – Glacier National Park”

  1. The Glacier National Park is on my bucket list for a while and I would love to go hiking there soon. Your post caused the travel bug to itch me. That trail sounds so inviting! When’s the best time of the year to explore it?

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    1. Morning Lydia, Thank you for your kind words! We like visiting National Parks in the spring or fall, that way you can avoid most of the crowds. Spring offers more Wildflowers. Sept-early October gives you fall colors. The weather is cooler too. If you get on the road early (7am), you can avoid most crowds. You’ll also want to take longer day hike trails because most people don’t go that far into the wilderness. If you plan to visit Glacier or other national parks, check out Jake Bramante’s day hike trail maps at That’s how we found this hike. You’re going to love Glacier! Best, Allison


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