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15 hours ago

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. 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.

Very nice landscape! Did in 2h:20 in mid-September.

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.

Breathtaking views! So worth hiking into the canyon to get close to the hoodoos! Challenging hike if you’re not used to the altitude. Take plenty of water, and take breaks in the shade! Loved it!

hiking
2 days ago

Relatively easy hike if you're in average shape, and the view was amazing even with a lot of smoke. Lots of wildlife along the trail, just don't crowd them. We saw mountain goats at multiple times on the trail as well as passing bighorn sheep. Get there early or take a shuttle because parking is limited and this is a popular destination.

Beautiful from start to finish. Truly Fairy like feeling ascending & descending around the Hoodoos!! Highly recommend!!!

Awesome Great Beautiful easy to moderate. Can’t ask for a better day hike

Place is dope. Expect a crowd

Absolutely stunning landscape!!! It doesn’t get more beautiful than this. We went over Labor Day weekend as the sun was setting after hiking the narrows at Zion in the am and this was a true treat!!! Go!!!! Trails were a little more crowded than I like but sunset is definitely a great time to go and get amazing photos.

Awesome trail! In the Badlands you feel like you are on another planet. The ladder going up made me a little nervous but I was fine on the way back down. As you reach the end of the trail you get a great view! This trail is a Badlands must do!!

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.

on Peekaboo Loop Trail

hiking
4 days ago

Awesome hike. Not hard not easy. Lots of places for catching breathe. Go before 8am if u want it to your self.

4 days ago

This was our first hike in Idaho. While the trail can be done on a few hours, we opted to spend the entire day and took it slow. Definitely take the detour to Alpine Lake. Honestly, Sawtooth is bigger but Alpine was our solid favorite. We spent a good chunk of time here just enjoying the silence other than the sound of the water lapping the edge. We continued on up the switchbacks and hot another little lake (which we nicknamed decoy lake) and almost turned around did to a snow squall that moved in. But so glad we pushed on another few yards. Sawtooth Lake was gorgeous. We took the extra time to walk to the far side of the lake and followed the trail on through a boulder field for a spectacular view of some mountain lake in the distance. We stopped a few times for snacks, lunch, and just to experience the peace of the wilderness. We made our way back to Iron Creek trailhead for a total of 13+ miles and 8 hours exactly. As I said, it can be done in way less time, but we took deliberate time.

Beautiful hike that takes you under the hoodoos. Not too long or difficult, a must do in Bryce Canyon!

Great views

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

Fantastic! Well worth the energy. Views are unbelievable.

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!

This hike is absolutely breath taking. From the very beginning all the way to the summit. At the top you get to marvel at the 360 degree views including multiple lakes. You can continue over the summit to a trail that leads to the picnic lakes, but it looked too intense and narrow for this time around.

I’m a beginner hiker so the incline was intense. Parts of this trail are just rock and another challenge are the switchbacks. But the summit was completely worth it. We took many breaks and kept on trekking. Next time I’d be more prepared with extra water, hiking boots and trekking poles.

The road up to the Camp Misery trail head is no joke. Super narrow in some parts, long, super bumpy and parts where it’s your rig and a pretty intense drop to the left. There isn’t much parking up top of you choose to go up on a busy day.

Loved it and the history! Highly recommend it

awesome hike with fantastic views.

Pretty hike with good views pretty much the whole time! No bugs. Easy to get to.

I loved this Hike! It took 2 hours on Labor Day. There weren't too many other people on the trail. spectacular views descending from the highest point in the park. Nothing was flat--all up or down. One of the highlights of our trip. I would not want to take small kids on this one.

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked this on Labor Day. started at 8:00 am, 48°F, needed a jacket. Lots of steep down and up with spectacular views. Glad we didn't take the little kids with us. Hike time was 2 hours. Not a lot of other people on the trail. Definitely would recommend this hike.

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.

Truly a capstone event if visiting the park. The last waterfall is an incredible walk-up 60 foot fall. On the trail, we also saw 2 moose.

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..

hiking
8 days ago

This was an absolutely beautiful hike! It is not very steep at all, but pretty much entirely downhill for the first half and uphill for the second half, so it can be challenging in that aspect. Bring hiking boots since it’s mostly small loose rocks. There is minimal shade, but we had a nice breeze a few times.

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