Hayden Pass Trail

Hayden Pass Trail
Meadows near top of Hayden Pass Trail

NPS Pablo McLoud

Trail Conditions
Special Concerns


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Ecosystem type: Montane forest, subalpine meadow
Trail tread types: Lower level of maintenance with decent tread
General elevation trend: Moderate
Unique features: Mountain views, wildflowers, wildlife
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 8.3 miles
Elevation change: 4,047 feet gained from Hayes River to Hayden Pass
Best Season: Below 2,000 feet can be snow free year-round. High Elevations—mid-July through mid-October.


Food Storage Method: Bear canisters are recommended. Otherwise, food must be hung 12 feet high and 10 feet out from the nearest tree trunk.
Campsites: Hayes River or on durable surfaces 200 feet from water.
Toilet Facilities: None. Bury waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: A few ponds and streams exist on the uppper section of trail.
Stock: Allowed. See Stock Use.


Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace during your stay to protect vegetation and other park resources. Camp in established sites or on bare ground.
Campfires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are prohibited above 3,500 feet. Where fires are allowed, leave no trace of your fire ring. Burn dead and down wood only.
Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage, and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day. Bear canisters are recommended in this area.



  • Always carry the 10 Essentials: map, compass, flashlight, knife, matches, nylon cord, extra food and water, and rain gear with warm clothes.
  • Map & compass navigation skills may be necessary in places along this trail. Snow may cover higher reaches of this trail in any season, so know how to navigate without a trail for guidance.
  • Ice axe and self-arrest skills are necessary to cross mountain passes when they are snow-covered.
  • Let someone know where and when you are taking your hike. Make emergency plans for them to follow if you do not return.
  • Watch the weather before and during your hike. Storms move quickly. Always check weather forecasts before your trip and watch weather closely during your trip.
Hayden Pass Trail
Forest along Hayden Pass Trail

NPS Pablo McLoud

Last updated: September 13, 2022

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