I am already planning on doing Firebrand Pass on 9/6 (Wednesday) as that is my moving day from MG Campground to Two Med Campground; you could join me on that...
I had also planned on doing Lee Ridge/Gable Pass on 9/5 and Grinnell Glacier on 9/12...but I could swap those 2 days and hit Grinnell Glacier with you on 9/5 (Tuesday)...
That's a really nice offer from Todd.
I would give it serious consideration.
I have hiked with Todd, his Mom, and family. You'll have fun.
Plus Todd KNOWS these hikes as well, or better than anyone I know here.
The Highline, while an iconic hike, is likely to be pretty smokey into next week.
I did it this past Saturday when the smoke wasn't as bad as now. I wasn't all that pretty.
Plus, you would have a shuttle issue after Monday.
I feel there are better hikes that you could do Sunday....
True, the first 2.8 miles of trail is common to both Siyeh and Piegan pass.
I've already been to that junction 6 times this season. I like
that part of GNP.
In my opinion...Both of the pass hikes really "begin" there at the junction---Preston Park lies just beyond the junction on the way to Siyeh pass.
We'll go that way Monday
The trail to Piegan pass breaks out of the trees soon after the junction.
It then traverses the huge head wall below Cataract Mt with a great look down at Siyeh Bend and beyond.
Great looks at Piegan and Pollock to the SW and Going To The Sun Mt and Matahpi to the SE...the ever present 10,000ft+ Mt Siyeh looming over all in the East.
Since you seem to be fit...after reaching Piegan Pass(~4.8 miles and maybe 2.5 hours), a natural place for a break and snack/lunch...
You can consider whether you want to continue on to the broad saddle between Pollock and Piegan mountains. That adds about 1.1 miles and about 900ft of elevation gain.
I''ve been to that saddle 3 times already this year. Takes me about 1 hour going up, less coming back. All firm terrain. No exposure or sketchy scree, etc.
Terrific views from there looking to the west at the Logan Pass area ~2000ft below.
I believe you would enjoy doing Piegan pass, and the "extension" to the Pollock-Piegan Pass... if you feel up to it.
One reason for this hike is there will almost certainly be less smoke to contend with over there east of the divide, as opposed to west of the divide on the Highline.
No worries about parking at Logan pass.
I can pick you up Sunday at 0530 and drive. I love driving that road so no problem.
You'll know it well when you drive it later
We get an early start and get to the trail junction before the sun gets over Matahpi and it warms up.
And we'll get ahead of most people going out; have some peace and quiet for a little while.
Me and Todd will get you hooked on GNP.
Save Hidden Lake, the Highline, and the other epic hikes for when conditions are better.
That's my "pitch" for Sunday's hike
Taken from the goat trail on the way to the Pollock Piegan saddle.
Looking north towards Swiftcurrent/Many Glacier. Piegan Pass is in the lower right of the picture. The east side of the Garden Wall on the left of the picture.
The "pointy" mountain in the distance is Swiftcurrent peak if I'm not mistaken.
Looking over towards Logan Pass from the Pollock-Piegan saddle