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Hiked today and saw several areas at the beginning of the trail with scat and some bear tracks around the horse loop. Took almost 2.5 hours to get to the lake and a little under 2.5 on the way back down (average hikers). We saw two moose along the way and a deer. We didn’t see any bears until we were pulling out of the many glacier hotel parking area... on the cliff side .. saw several more up on the mountain on the drive out as well as one on the side of the road about .5 miles from the many glacier exit. Carry bear spray and be aware. In regards to the lake, it’s the most beautiful water I’ve ever seen. Weather is temperamental on this side so be prepared for wind, rain, and shine. Bugs were not bad. 9/20.

hiking
11 hours ago

Hiked yesterday and it was gorgeous. Started around 10am and hardly anyone else on the trail. It was cloudy/misty out which helped because didn’t have to worry about sun. The Lake didn’t have any icebergs but large snow/ice pack surrounding that looked like a glacier. Very quit and peaceful at the lake. Took a detour and hiked to lake Ptarmigan made it about 13 miles total. Saw 3 grizzlies, 1 mom and 2 cubs on the hill near the end of the hike going back to the parking lot. The only downside is the drive to get to the trailhead- it was 2.5 hours in the car from The west entrance of the park. Totally worth it.

Excellent hike with amazing views

one of my favorite hikes of all time. spectacular views the entire way and the glacier lake and waterfalls are amazing.

Like are you even kidding me with these fall colors gosh DANG Montana

hiking
1 day ago

Iceberg lake is a fantastic way to see glaciers up close without much strain or challenge. The moderate difficulty rating is likely attributed due to exposure and distance, not incline. Expect a more leisurely hike compared to what other GNP trails (Highline, Grinnell) provide, but the difficulty to payoff ratio here is outstanding.

If you are a novice hiker, this is a great trail to calibrate your skills with GNP. Highly recommend doing this first as it will help you gauge your skills with some other trails.

There is a good amount of exposure throughout the hike, so be prepared for sun and rain depending on the forecast. Inclined in general are gradual with the exception of a quarter mile stretch early in the trail.

Outstanding views the entire trail. Gives you nearly everything GNP has to offer including lakes, heights, wildlife, and glaciers.

Consistent, steady incline and sun exposure throughout most of the trail. While you don’t hear much about the sheer cliffs on this path, there are some points that may make those with a fear of heights a bit nervous. Prepare for a somewhat strenuous finish, but they payoff is very much worth it.

Would recommend bringing lunch to eat while overlooking the lake at the farthest point in the trail.

One of the best trails in one of the best parks.

Spectacular but not for the faint of heart (heights). Some narrow paths with steep drop offs but a nice steady easy gradient. Fabulous views. Take plenty of water. We saw one Grizzly Mum and 3 cubs on the way back down and another Black bear too. Lovely day. Highly recommend.

Cracker Lake trail is very different from many trails in East Glacier. The first half of the hike in is mostly forested, many switchbacks and few great views. But the last half is gorgeous. The Valley seems to continue to unfold as you get closer to the lake. Very scenic valley and nice place to camp out or picnic.

Solid hike. Would consider other options given the crowd on this one

Moderate incline the entire way, but nothing to shy away from. Horses had the first mile torn pretty good. Beauty of a hike with less of a crowd

Place is dope. Expect a crowd

The lake itself is beautiful! The first couple miles are highly covered in horse poop, which is a little frustrating. Once you get past that part it’s much better. The views of the lake are incredible. It’s worth going to if you don’t mind the horses and horse poop!

Amazing hike! We saw a grizzly bear about one mile in and later spotted three more (mom and two cubs), two moose, and a large ram. The hike is slightly strenuous, but worth it. It took our group of six about 5.5 hours in total.

Great views

Did the Iceburg Lake Trail today and it was amazing. The trail is long, but easy, and has beautiful scenery all along the way. A Park Volunteer along the trail mentioned there hasn’t been any bears along the trail for the past couple of years because of the effect the hot and dry summers has had on the huckleberry bushes. We did see a Grizzly and her two cubs from the road on our way out of the park

Great exercise, and the view at the lake is breathtaking! Lake is freezing, but there are plenty of deer and other wildlife to be seen on the way. Running shoes worked during the summer-
Busy trail with a lot of families, but still recommend

This might be my all time favorite hike. It’s mostly uphill and parts of it are steep, but the payoff is huge. The glacier and the glacial lake are some of the most stunning nature I’ve ever seen. Even better, you cross waterfalls, streams, and pass gem colored blue lakes on your way up. The views are magnificent. Highly recommend this hike.

Pros: Accessible, Variety of terrain, amazing viewpoints throughout, accesses a (still) impressive Glacier and Glacial Lake Cons: Exposed trail much of the way, can be deceptively strenuous, potential crowds
This trail is one of the best known in Glacier NP for a reason, as it is accessible rather easily from the road coming from St. Mary MT, and covers a wide variety of terrain in its traverse. (As of Sep. 2018) you can either take a ferry across lake Josephine or hike along the east shore of said lake. We hiked along the shore, which was a pleasant way to start the trail, going through dense forested land, and through quite extensive berry patches. Bear danger is greatest by the lake shores, so it is worth it to remain aware and take bear spray with you. Occasional trail closures due to bear activity are to be expected. After passing the SW end of lake Josephine, the trail begins its gradual switchback ascent to Grinnell Glacier itself. This section is exposed and does cross some narrow sections with steep drop offs, so one does not want to be in a hurry nor improperly outfitted here. The views from this mid section of trail are wide open and cover an amazing variety of terrain. At the crest of the trail is the still quite impressive Grinnell Glacier and Lake.Unfortunately, the Glacier is receding rapidly, and may potentially be gone in 10 yrs.. You can walk unimpeded up to the lake shore, but the water is extremely cold, and immersing oneself is only feasible on a warm/hot day. The top vantage point is certainly worth it though, as many of the Glaciers in the park require back country access, while this one does not. There is one pit toilet towards the top, but no water , so you are advised to bring plenty with you.
5/5 stars

Hiked the trail on 9-12-18. In aggregate, the reviews are spot on. This is a spectacular trail with incredible views throughout. Be prepared for wildlife. I walked up on a Grizzly on the North side of Josephine Lake (the trail had been closed due to bear activity in the days prior). At the end of the hike (in the rain) several of us got to pass close by a bull moose frolicking in Swiftcurrent Lake. The one thing that isn't clear from all of the reviews: You can get to the trail via boat (the 9.7 mile hike listed on Alltrails), but you don't have to take a boat. Park at the Grinnell Glacier Trailhead and you are looking at 11.4 miles minimum, per the signs. It's about the same walking from the hotel. There are a lot of people, but spectacular and worth the trip!

Great hike. Set some time aside to enjoy all the cut outs and views of the river. Saw deer and a Bear way in the distance. Great work out.

The smoke was not a problem, even though it was just over the hill.

The trail showed obvious signs of heavy usage, but was also well maintained. The signage made the path obvious. There were stair-like rocks all the way to the top. I saw plenty of folks over 60 doing the trail, even all the way at the top.

Most folks turned back about halfway, but there were a ton of people. However, it was not too crowed. We found a parking spot at the bottom without waiting.

I think that this late in the season it is less busy and crowded.

The views are incredible, even with smoke. All the way up, there's an un-blocked view of the granite peaks. The glacier at the end is awe inspiring.

Amazing views..We hiked on 9/9/2018..started at the Grinnell Glacier Trailhead. The north trail was closed due to bear activity and so it added ~1 mile to the round trip...It took us 3.5 hrs to get to the top and 2.5 hrs for the descent (including water / photo breaks)..It was a little windy and chilly at the top..

on Grinnell Glacier Trail

11 days ago

Hiked on 9/5/18. Great hike; one in the best We have ever done. Very nice views after Lake Josephine all the way to Grinnell Lake. While the Glacier was great to see, we were most impressed by the lake, which was aquamarine and contained many pieces of ice. Color contrast between the lake and the sky was beautiful.

hiking
12 days ago

This was the first hike of our 8 day trip. It was awesome! The moderate rating is right on, nothing technical simply a nice incline on the way up, and a decline on the way down. There is a glacial lake at the end of the trail, you might be able to spot a waterfall depending on the glacial melt at the time of year. The mountain in front of the lake is actually a part of the highline trail. The lake is a little chilly, but if you want to be a true Canadian just walk strait in. ;)
We spotted a moose swimming in a lake from up above from a very far distance away.
You may spot a mountain goat on the trail.

hiking
12 days ago

Absolutely love this hike. We started at the Many Glacier Hotel and follow the south trail( the north was close due to bears activity in the area). So end up to be around 11 miles. Amazing views and except for the last section near the glacier where it get a bit steep, a very pleasant hike. Loved it

Keep walking and the view gets better and better. #godly

There’s a lot of reviews of this trail written that make it seem easier than it is, so here’s a review written by a normal person of average fitness. We did this hike yesterday thinking by many of the reviews that this would be a 4-5 hour round trip hike. Reality was it took us 5 hours just to reach the top. The trail was very very crowded and every few minutes we were stopping to let people pass us, pass people, or let other people come down the trail. The trail ends up being a lot longer than 5 miles each way because once you get to the top you inevitably wander around for an hour or so. My advice for those “average” hikers who want to take the time to enjoy the hike and fully take in the sights is to plan on this being a full day hike in the 8-10 hour range. There are plenty of people who want to run up the trail (thank you to the gentleman who physically pushed people out of his way) grab their pictures and run down, they might be able to do in that 3-5 hour window. It took us 5 hours to get up, but only 1.5 to get back to the trailhead. Don’t be fooled by these 3-5 hour round trip times plan on it taking a lot longer especially if the trail is crowded. Finally: bring as much water as you’re comfortable carrying. The last three miles of the trail have no shade whatsoever and you will roast if it’s hot out. All that being said this is an incredible hike and totally worth it. Just don’t be fooled, unless you’re especially athletic, this will be a day hike.

hiking
13 days ago

Busy, but one of my absolute favorite hikes. A little steep near the end, but it is worth it.

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