An early addition to the National Park Service (park #10), Glacier National Park in Montana turned 100 on May 11, 2010. The park is immense, with 1 million acres (4,047 km2), 300 lakes and a reach of 1,584 square miles (4,103 km2). The park is considered the centerpiece of a vast region of protected land that includes some 16,000 square miles (41,440 km2). The park features some 700 miles of hiking trails and supports all manner of outdoor activities, such as biking, boating, fishing, and horseback riding. There are 13 campgrounds that allow for roughly 1000 campsites. Other accommodation options include hotels, inns, lodges and motels. Part of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, this park has over 50 remaining glaciers and 130 named lakes under the tall Rocky Mountain peaks. There are historic hotels and a landmark road in this region of rapidly receding glaciers. These mountains, formed by an overthrust, have the world's best sedimentary fossils from the Proterozoic era.
Hiked in mid-August, outstanding weather and conditions!
Get started early to beat the crowd and the afternoon heat. The trail starts off flat as you pass the first lake, and continually rises in elevation till the end. Plenty of rest locations and the trail is well defined. Take your time and enjoy the scenery. It is absolutely worth it to go to the top and see the lake with icebergs floating. You can even touch a few of them!
To hike out, simply return the way you came in, and enjoy the sequence of the lakes. Great day hike, set aside at least 6-8 hours of time to complete.
Take lots of pictures!
Rebekah C. on Swiftcurrent Pass Trail
We came from the Granite Park Campground to Many Glacier. This was my favorite hike! Gorgeous views! We got to not only see the glacier but also several falls and you hike next to some gorgeous lakes. The big downside to this hike is the switchbacks... Probably a couple miles of them all at once. If you have bad knees it'll definitely be an issue. There is no way I could've gone up these switchbacks as they seem endless and there isn't much shade. Otherwise this hike is awesome!