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“Must Stop” 5 of 5 stars
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Logan Pass
Glacier National Park, MT
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Activities: Biking
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Owner description: Area in Glacier National Park that was used as a "pass" for travelers to get through the mountains.
Spokane, Washington
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“Must Stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

When you take the Going-to-the-Sun road, Logan Pass is a must stop area. Go to the Logan Pass Visitors Center to stretch your legs, walk around and learn more about the Glacier National Park. There are lots of maps available for everybody to use. It's the only place where there's bathroom.

Depending on the time of your arrival, you might have problem finding a parking spot. Study up on your preferred trail to hike, there's so much to see. Be prepared to spend lots of time here if you hike. It's a good idea to come early in the day to cover lots of ground. Don't forget to wear good shoes for hiking.

Expect the unexpected such as rain so pack your rain gear along. Due to high elevation it's always colder here, so be prepared for that. Also, you never know what you're going to take a snapshot of, therefore, it won't hurt either to bring extra batteries along with you.

Visited March 2013
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“One of the twenty greatest spots in the United States of America”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

The Logan Pass area, which includes Hidden Lake, and a number of small waterfalls, plants such as the whimsical beargrass, and numerous hiking trails, is one of the twenty greatest spots in the United States for those interested in the beauty of the landscape. As such, I rank the Logan Pass area with such astonishing spots as the Kalalau Trail on the Island of Kauai, Arches National Park in Utah, the Columbia Gorge in Oregon, and Yosemite National Park.

VISITOR'S CENTER. Logan Pass includes a huge visitor's center with a gift shop filled with tempting souvenirs and books. Near the visitor's center, there are a dozen nearby trailheads, most notably, that of the trail leading to Hidden Lake (please see my photos of Hidden Lake). A wooden boardwalk transports visitors over the ground, which is sometimes wet with snow or slush, and rangers tell visitors not to wander off over areas that are being restored (this is a shame, because one of the most astonishingly beautiful waterfalls in Glacier National Park is located a ten minute walk across the protected area, towards the east). Anyway, most tourists who take the trail to Hidden Lake pause at a viewing area, which is located at the highest elevation spot of this particular trail. The trails is an easy one to take, and can be hiked by small children and by the elderly. Mountain goats also walk on this boardwalk (to my surprise). At the crest of this trail, there are nearby meadows where small herds of goats congregate (see my photos).

DOUBLE FALLS. A waterfall called, "Double Falls" is in the zone where the plants are being restored. Although this waterfall is one of the most astonishing things on the planet Earth, tourists are not allowed to visit it, because it is (at least at this point in time) in the protected zone. Double Falls is distinguished in that it was constructed by Mother Nature out of maroon-colored cubes of stone. Double Falls looks like it was designed by an architect or sculptor, but it was not. You can easily find photos of Double Falls by using Google images.

SHARK FINS. From this crest, one is impressed by what is arguably the most distinguishing feature of Glacier National Park, namely, the mountains that look like sails of sailing ships but with truncated tops. Alternatively, the mountains look like shark fins with the tip sliced off. Truly, these mountains are beautiful things, and from the Logan Pass visitor's center area, one can see several of these shark-fin mountains.

OTHER HIKING TRAILS. To the west of Logan Pass, there are dramatic views, but only a few trails, and these few trails are not for families. But to the west of Logan Pass, that is, along the road the descends in altitude, there are family-friendly trails that lead to Lunch Creek, St. Mary's Lake, and to Sunrift Gorge. If you don't have a map to determine where the trails, it easy instead to keep an eye out for turnouts in the road, because it is typically the case that the turnout is located at a trailhead.

Visited August 2013
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“Very busy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Here the third week of September. Parking is atrocious, but if you want to hike Hidden or Highline then you have to grin and bear it. Both hikes are worth the wait. Try early as in 8:00 a.m. or late afternoon such as 2:30 p.m. Avoid the weekend if you can and anyday during lunch time.

Bring binoculars - big horn sheep are in the area directly across the visitor center. This is not a big visitor center, there is no water to buy. Bathrooms are crowded. if a red bus comes in, the wait can be painful so go even if you think you might have to in 30 minutes.

There is a tunnel which you can see from the visitor center off to the right. Just past this are tight pulloffs but also two waterfalls coming off the mountain and into the road. NICE SHOTS.

Heading toward St Mary, there is another waterfall and parking area to the right just before Logan's Pass. If you were so inclined, you could walk up to the center. This spot provides an awesome shot of the HIGHLINE hike across the road, but the trailhead is across from the visitor center up further.

Visited September 2013
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

The Logan Pass Visitors Centre was a welcome sight for weary travellers. We were lucky to be able to find a parking spot as it was crowded with visitors when we arrived at 11am. There were some very interesting displays by the National Parks Service and information on hikes that could be taken nearby. We walked for a short time on the trail to Hidden Lake but turned back as the rain started. The Visitors Centre was warm and offered awesome views of the surrounding countryside. They had a gift shop & restrooms.

Visited September 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“Beautiful Visitor Center”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

This Visitor Center is exactly what you imagine when you think of a Visitor's Center in a National Park. The building is situated within Logan's Pass and perfectly fits into the feeling of it's surroundings. The views in this area are amazing and picturesque while the rangers are very knowledgeable and helpful.

Finding a parking spot can be tough, but if you keep looking cars tend to come and go steadily. Definitely worth a stop!

Visited August 2013
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