Every Sunday Hike – Firebrand Pass

Firebrand Pass Trip

Today’s mission: escape the crowds. We’ll explore the Firebrand Pass area, one of the more remote and beautiful trails in the southern part of Glacier National Park. The hike to Firebrand Pass is fairly strenuous, at over 10 miles roundtrip and with nearly 2,000 feet in elevation gain, but it’s well worth it!

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Price: $165/person (10+ yrs)

Other: Glacier National Park Entrance Fee (not included in price)

Guide Tip: Industry rate is 18-20% (not included in price)

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Trip Details

Difficulty: Advanced, 10.2 miles, 1950 feet in elevation gain

Dates: Sundays July 2nd to September 23rd.

Trip Duration: 1 day

*Reservations required in advance.

What's Included, What to Bring

What is provided? Interpretive Guide with wilderness first aid and bear management training, van transport, lunch.

What should I bring? Day pack to carry water bottle, lunch (provided), camera/phone, binoculars, rain coat, fleece, and your Glacier National Park Pass. Comfortable hiking shoes.

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Itinerary & Additional Details

Times are approximate. Trips after Labor Day meet an hour later.

7:00 – 8:15 am: Meet your guide at our West Glacier office at 7:00am. Your guide will do a quick orientation, check over your gear for the day, and go over last minute details. We will drive along Glacier’s southern border, and the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River, en route to trailhead at Lubec Lake.

8:15am – 12:15 pm: Firebrand Pass is a lovely trail that winds through wildflower filled meadows and aspen groves. As you gain elevation, you ascend into a stark and rocky landscape. The views are a beautiful mix of aspen parklands, distant prairie, and mountains. Our guides are passionate and encyclopedic about Glacier National Park — no matter your level of hiking experience, we promise they’ll teach you something new.

12:15 – 12:45 pm: We’ll relax and enjoy a hearty and homemade trail lunch at Firebrand Pass. Our trail lunches are largely locally and organically sourced, and generally include homemade cookies, fresh fruit and vegetables, chips, and your choice of a turkey, ham, roast beef, or veggie sandwich. Our in house kitchen can accommodate nearly any dietary restriction or preference – just ask! While we eat, we’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Ole Creek drainage, Calf Robe and Red Crow mountains, and the rolling prairie.

12:45 – 4:45 pm: We will return via the same route. You’ll end the day knowing more about Glacier National Park than you ever expected. Typically, we return to the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft office around 4:45 PM.

Special Considerations for Firebrand Pass

Depending on the group and the weather, not everyone may make it to the pass. Our group or a portion of our group may have lunch before the pass and turn around.

Meeting Notes

Guests are welcome to check in with us the day prior to departure: 406-387-5555 or info@glacierguides.com. The day of the trip please arrive at our office by 7:00 AM. Trips after Labor Day meet at 8 AM.  Click on directions for how to find us.

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    Went on a guided hike to Avalanche Trail yesterday with our guide Tom. Perfect way to experience the Park for the first time. I learned so much about the Park as Tom pointed out many interesting points that I would have not known if I went alone. Enjoyed the company of 5 other guests. Took a van ride about 16 miles in to access the Trail. Tom brought lunches for each and we ate halfway through on the shore of a beautiful lake. I enjoyed asking questions to learn and Tom had the answers. I would highly recommend taking a guided hike with Glacier Guides even if you’ve been to the Park before. Glad I did.

    — Peter Lemp

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    What an amazing experience! Just finished a four day backpacking trip with guide, Jen. Jen was extremely professional and so “in tune” to the group. Her knowledge of the surroundings we walked through was incredible. It’s clear she holds a passion for what she does that really shines through. She went above and beyond to help give me a most memorable first time experience at Glacier. Thank you!

    — Jessica Wolf

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    Glacier guides was more than I could’ve imagined! My Friends and I did the 5 day glacier challenge and it was amazing! They offer longer hikes and shorter hikes. I thought I would do all the long hikes but I didn’t every day. Every hike you take is absolutely stunning!! definitely do what your body will allow, you’ll still be very satisfied! Best part of the challenge is most certainly the guides… TOM MATELICH is awesome! he is a wonderful leader, cook, guide, absolutely hilarious and all around great guy! ARI MELINGER-COHEN is super chill and very calming to be around, extremely knowledgeable and very caring. MAKETE ROESCH is magical, super helpful and can pretty much answer anything you want to know (especially about bears and flowers). All these guys are seriously the best and when I go back I will 100% be requesting them. Glacier guides couldn’t have made this experience any better! Forever grateful for their guidance and the love they have for this beautiful place!

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    I went on a six day hike with four guys and our guide, Maketa. It was amazing. We had a wide range of ages 35-70 and our guide was able to create the perfect trip for all of us. It is an unbelievable park and we were able to optimize our time there because of the expert planning from Maketa. Glacier Guides was helpful throughout the experience and I wouldn’t have had the same trip any other way. Definitely a FIVE STAR rating. Best trip of my life!

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    We did the 3 day backpacking trip with Tom a few weeks ago. It was the BEST experience we could have asked for! We will book again if we get the chance. Unforgettable views and experience. Not to mention the food Tom made with just one little burner was perfect.

    — Ashley Marie

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