Grinnell Glacier Trail

MODERATE 78 reviews
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Grinnell Glacier Trail is a 9.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near East Glacier Park, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and fly fishing and is accessible from July until September.

9.8 miles 2286 feet Out & Back

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

lake

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

hiking
10 days ago

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!

25 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

I have never seen anything more beautiful. I felt like I was hiking in Switzerland. Getting to see mountains all around was such an amazing experience. I was there during this past summer in June and I would recommend this hike to everyone.

2 months ago

Beautiful. We went at the end of October, and basically had the trail to ourselves. A little strenuous, but doable (and I am not in great shape). The entire hike was unbelievably beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

This is an awesome hike. If you take the boat to the Swift-current pass can reduce the total round trip to 7.5m-8miles. All through the hike the scenery is beautiful ! You also get to see the ice burgs floating in the water at the glacier. Worth all the hard work.

beautiful trail

hiking
4 months ago

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hiking
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hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike. Long but not technical with gradual incline to the glacier. Continue on past glacier to Angel Wings summit for a bonus. Oh yeah, bring bear spray!

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Our first trip to Glacier did not disappoint. The hike was great & the views unbelievable.

hiking
4 months ago

This hike is well worth the trek. A bit strenuous in areas, and a lot of uphill battles throughout, but the views are so worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

The perfect hike. Lake views the entire hike. Picturesque. When we went, Ptarmigan and Iceberg trails were closed due to bear activity so there were lots and lots of people on Grinnell.

trail running
4 months ago

Great run! Did the whole thing in 2hrs 30min 18km

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views the entire hike.

hiking
4 months ago

This hike is what dreams are made of. From a high cliff trail over a breath taking water fall to a ice cold glacier. This hike had it all. Great views for miles and one of a kind picture views that i still enjoy to this day. The moutain goat at the top was pretty awesome on its own. The trail had the feel of a hiker Logan's pass.

hiking
4 months ago

great trail, but very busy. took the 830am shuttle boat which allowed us to see multiple bears above the tree line that I wouldn't have seen otherwise.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike! Toughest part was probably the last .5 mile to the actual glacier.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trial to hike with family. Saw a grizzly bear and her cub and three big horn sheep. You'll hike over 12 miles without even thinking about it. A lot of people hike on this trial. Carry bear spray and have a good camera.