Glacier Lake is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cody, WY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, fishing, and fly fishing and is accessible from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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Fantastic hike! Didn't see a lot of wildlife, but it didn't matter--the views were amazing and the lakes at the end were definitely worth the climb. I would say this is on the strenuous side of moderate due to the altitude (I definitely struggled, but I'm a new transplant to the area and maybe am just not used to it yet), but it's pretty short and the switchbacks are relatively low grade and well-maintained. If you have knee problems I would definitely recommend hiking poles--we forgot ours and regretted it on the way down. We brought our medium-size dog along and she loved it, and we saw 3-4 other groups with dogs of varying sizes along the way, all very well-behaved. Took us a total of about 3 hours, including lots of stops and a good amount of time exploring up top. I'll echo what others have said about the road out to the trailhead--do not attempt unless you have AWD and good clearance! It was a great adventure, and we will definitely be back.
Party of 5 hiked early August. Weather forecast showed showers at 2:00pm... We found them around 10:00am. Light to moderate showers to the lake & back made parts of the trail slippery, but the scenery was still gorgeous. Well traveled trail, and we passed several people with medium sized dogs. The "primitive road" to the trail requires a sturdy vehicle (read truck or suv), don't try to drive a car up there.
Even in the rain and wind this was an amazing hike! 2.5 hours round trip including time at lake and several stops for photos.
Out and back with two families in mid June. 7 and 9 yr old daughters did it. Tough at times but great views.
Hike is moderately strenuous but short. Great lake for fishing and even better base camp to access several other lakes.
Beautiful. But we went in late May and there was still a ton of snow cover. Couldn't make it all the way to the lake. But it was a very pretty hike and not very difficult.
Word of caution. The road into the trailhead is more than just primitive. It's damn rough and you need a high clearance car. It was an adventure.
A quick day hike, lots of other small lakes can be accessed via this trail head. You will encounter moderate traffic on the trail as it is fairly popular.
Despite the very rocky 7mi unpaved road to the trailhead, this hike provides everything a day hike should. The elevation gain from the parking lot is about 1100ft, putting you at over 10k feet elevation. The trail is fairly steep, but very well marked with beautiful wildflowers & waterfalls. Once towards the top, you will find areas that will still have snow & an ice cold lake to fish, have a picnic or take a dip in. It was well worth the effort to get to there! Dog friendly trail too.
This is a GREAT trail! We accessed it from Red Lodge, Montana. The hike was relatively moderate if you are in good shape. It offers views of wildflowers and eventually opens up to the beautiful glacier lake which sits on the border of MT & WY. Bring a fishing pole as there were lots of trout in the lake. All in all, one of the best hikes we've been on!
To get to the trail: Drive south on State Hwy 212 (Broadway in Red Lodge) for approximately 11 miles. This first 11 miles is a good, two lane highway. Turn right (west) at the Campgrounds sign on a well marked road to three National Forest campgrounds: Parkside, Limberpine and Greenough Lake. After turning off Highway 212, drive on the paved road for a little over mile across the Wyoming Creek Bridge near Limberpine Campground. The pavement ends as you approach a fork in the road. Turn left for the Glacier Lake Trailhead. The unpaved road follows along Rock Creek gradually climbing for 7 miles to parking, a pit toilet and the Glacier Lake Trailhead