Dawson Pass Trail

Difficulty
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Very Hard
Duration
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8-11h
Distance
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27.7 km
Elevation
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1,110 m
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Dawson Pass Trail is a beautiful hike that is quite challenging and is not for the faint of heart. While trekking through this heart-pumping trail, you will be rewarded with incredible views. Make sure to bring you bear spray as you will be hiking through prime grizzly bear habitat.

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Route Description for Dawson Pass Trail

The Dawson Pass Trail is an amazing journey through the mountains that will definitely get your heart pumping. This is a challenging trail and is reserved for more experienced hikers. The hike begins at the North Shore Trailhead, and there is an option to take a boat ride to shave off 4.0 mi. After the boat ride, it is a relatively flat hike. But when you arrive at the Dawson Pass Trail junction, the climbing begins. Continue to follow the signs for Dawson Pass Trail and get ready to summit the pass at 4.7 mi, where you’ll find yourself at the Continental Divide between Flinsh Peak and Mt. Helen, which creates Dawson Pass Trail.

As this hike is challenging and unpredictable, make sure to be prepared as Dawson Pass Trail is known for its cold and strong winds, so a warmer sweater or wind breaker and trekking poles are recommended.

Getting to the Dawson Pass Trail Trailhead

To get to Dawson Pass Trail from East Glacier Park Village, head West on Midvale Street toward MT-49 North and turn right. Turn left onto Two Medicine Road and after 7.1 mi turn right and continue onto Loop a Road. Turn left onto Loop B Road and arrive at your destination.

Route Information

  • When to do

    May - September

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Two Medicine Campground

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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