Logan Pass

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Logan Pass
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Logan Pass
Elevation 6,646 ft (2,026 m)
Traversed by Going-to-the-Sun Road
Location Flathead / Glacier counties, Montana, USA
Range Lewis Range
Coordinates 48°41′47.72″N 113°43′5.91″W / 48.6965889°N 113.7183083°W / 48.6965889; -113.7183083

Logan Pass (elevation 6,646 ft (2,026 m)) is located along the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park, in the U.S. state of Montana. It is the highest point on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Reynolds Mountain as seen from Logan Pass.
View from the Logan Pass Visitor Center.
Alpine flowers Logan Pass.

The Logan Pass Visitor Center is open during the summer season just east of the pass. The pass is a popular starting point for hiking and backpacking trips. The most popular trail is the Highline Trail which heads north along the west side of the continental divide, through an area known as the Garden Wall, due to the proliferation of wildflowers which grow there during the summer.

Just east of the pass, an area known as Big Drift often records over 100 feet (30 m) of snowfall, much of which has been pushed over the continental divide by the prevailing westerly winds during the winter. The pass is closed during the winter due to avalanche hazards and the virtual impossibility of keeping the Going-to-the-Sun Road open, yet is generally open from the end of May until mid October.

A record wind gust was recorded at Logan Pass on April 9, 2014, of 139 miles per hour. The pass was closed at that time. "The previous record gust recorded at Logan Pass was 133 mph, on Dec. 13, 2006. The average wind speed during the hour the record gust was recorded was 66 mph."[1]

The pass provides an excellent vantage point to view wildlife. A visitor is almost guaranteed to spot a mountain goat as they have become adjusted to summertime human visitation.


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  1. ^ Devlin, Vince (2014-04-11). "Record 139 mph wind recorded at Logan Pass in Glacier Park". Missoulian. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 

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Coordinates: 48°41.8′N 113°43.1′W / 48.6967°N 113.7183°W / 48.6967; -113.7183