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17 minutes ago

I would recommend using the Park-n-Ride option as the trailhead parking fills quickly. The shuttle runs every 15 min or so from the lot to the trailhead and back again. Plenty of bathrooms, which is handy when spending a full day there. From bear lake trailhead there are 3 lakes you’ll pass along the way. Watch for wildlife as I saw a female elk off to the side last week.

More of a trail than a hike, but great for families and kids.

hiking
1 hour ago

This is not moderately trafficked on the weekend. It is exceptionally highly trafficked. It's fine if you want a very short hike, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Great views! It gets crowded quick. We got there just before 8 and got the last parking spot. Our hike was 2.8 miles but it’s worth it!

Looking to hike this on either 7/23 or 7/29-7/30 as a solo hiker and looking for a small group to join. Email jwesleyregan@gmail.com to coordinate.

hiking
11 hours ago

Did this hike on Friday morning. We arrived via shuttle at the park. It was pretty busy, but thinned out as we got further along. The view at the lake is breathtaking.

Hiked July 15th. If you also intend to hike Iceberg Lake while in Glacier, I recommend doing Iceberg before Grinnell. We did Grinnell first, and I feel as though it lessened the Iceberg Lake experience. Grinnell Lake is easily the best hike we have done. The experience is worth every drop of sweat shed along the way. Signage at trailhead states 5.7 miles to the glacier, making this more like 11.4 miles round trip. Sunscreen and bug spray are highly recommended, as most of this trail is exposed. The trail is not closed at 3.5 miles, but instead a barrier is present warning of the snow hazard ahead. My 15 y.o. chose not to continue beyond the first snow pack and waited for our return in a populated rest spot along the trail (that's 2+ hours of waiting without shade and only rocks to sit on).
There are 3 or 4 snow packs to cross still in mid-July. Besides deer and a bull moose, only one grizzly bear was viewable from the trail, and only with binoculars, so don't forget the binos. We jumped in the glacier lake at the top, but 15 seconds is about all one can bear. I will return at least once more before my hiking years are over!

This was one of the most beautiful hikes I've done. Living in Washington, I am spoiled with beautiful hiking - but Glacier is one of the countries most incredible sights to see. I hiked with 12 of my friends and everyone could handle this hike. It's a gradual incline so it doesn't feel extremely difficult. The trail was blocked off at about 3.5 miles. Some of us kept going and walked over the snow patches. It wasn't difficult to get across and the glacier lake at the top was well worth it! We also saw a few mountain goats on the way. No bears though! Would highly recommend this hike!

Today was the first day when it was officially open all the way to the Glacier. Only small patches of snow. Unbelievable views. A must do.

A beautiful hike and achievable for our whole group, from 12 to 50+. Mountain lake with a short walk further to glacier/snow pack. Worth the drive and hike.

First time doing this trail and I loved it. I left a little late in the day around 1:30 and I was back down by 4pm (hung out at the lake for at 45 mins). Traffic is bad down at the bottom but once we got onto the loch trail it thinned out a lot. Bits of sun and bits a shade, gorgeous waterfall views. When you finally arrive to Loch it is sooo rewarding and SO beautiful. Amazing hike for it only being 5 1/2 - 6 miles long!

Took my family of teens up to Hiahaya and loved it! They thought the boulders were a ton of fun to climb on. So glad we went. Less people on this trail so more quiet to sit and soak in the serenity of it all. This is definitely one trail we will earmark for a return trip.

The most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. My favorite trip was at sunrise.

7/18/18: Stunning views! There are so many beautiful sights to see on this trail and I would highly recommend it. It’s worth the effort to make it all the way to Emerald Lake at the end. The trail is definitely moderate difficulty and being from a low-elevation place made it even harder for my wife and I.
Word to the wise, take all the comments about arriving early seriously. We arrived right at 7am on a Wednesday and the parking lot was 3/4th full at the Bear Lake Trailhead. It was completely full by 7:30 and cars were still pouring in looking for spots. The trails weren’t too crowded at 7, but by 9 there were tons of people on the trails and we frequently were either passing people or getting passed. There was always a steady stream of people coming in the other direction as we were descending. There are lots of families, big groups, and elderly people, so if you want to avoid that, start hiking no later than 7am on weekdays. Keep in mind that it does take a while to drive from the park entrance to the Bear Lake Trailhead/parking lot.

My boyfriend and I were here in the fall of 2017. I absolutely loved this hike! Though the lower portion of the trail was fairly crowded it was still really nice. I was shocked by the number of people hiking in sneakers, pull overs, or no jackets or hats, no water, etc. It was pretty cold/windy and icy already on some spots of the trail. By the time me got up to Emerald lake the wind was vicious but SO worth it. The sun was setting and made for some epic pictures. We are returning to RMNP in a few weeks. Can’t wait to walk this trail in the summer.

Of all the places I have the opportunity to drive this has to be on the top of my list. The views are unbelievable from the top. I’ve had the chance to not only drive this road but I’ve been able bike and snowshoe this road in the winter.
Pro: unbelievable experience with both scenic and wildlife experience.
Con: large crowds during summertime, very steep, limited parking.
Best time to visit: First two weeks of October just before they close it for the winter.

Walked this trail in January on a gorgeous clear day. It cemented my new found love of the Rockies!

Wow...awesome sights! Very popular trail, so go early.

Very busy due to the popularity, but an amazingly scenic hike. Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lakes are all beautiful. My 8 and 5 year olds handled the hike just fine.

Beautiful and so fun to fish at, really enjoyed it

Great with kids!

Stunning! We started on the Emerald Lake Trail, and then we took the Lake Haiyaha trail on our way back. When we left Lake Haiyaha, we took the trail back to the Glacier Gorge bus stop. It was lovely!

Emerald Lake Trail itself was easy if you were in shape and moderate if you aren’t. It’s well-maintained.

FYI - The parking lot is usually full by 7 or 7:30. Otherwise, you’ll have to park at the shuttle station and ride up. Shuttles run every seven minutes or so. They cram them full of people.

hiking
4 days ago

One of the MUST HIKES in the park in my opinion. Short, relatively easy hike that rewards you with breathtaking views. I rate it as EASY for experienced hikers and MODERATE for families. Do not stop at Dream Lake... go to the top, it is worth the extra 20 minutes or so. I recommend a sunrise hike to avoid crowds. Parking becomes rare after 7am in the summer so be prepared to take the shuttle if you sleep in. Mosquitos are a problem at the lakes in the morning, so plan accordingly to enjoy your time there. I suggest this as a first hike of the day, then go elsewhere when the buses begin to run. Enjoy!

The colors of the river and rock are absolutely amazing and so worth the short hike over! Absolutely stunning

Great short hike with fantastic views.

One of the more gorgeous hikes this country has to offer and a fun one at that. KEEP THIS IN MIND I did this in mid July and a large majority of the trail was still covered in massive snow sheets making hiking difficult and not for he faint of heart. You are rewarded however with the magnificent Grinnell Glacier which needs no words.

There is no better road in America. Don’t believe me... try it.

Beautiful.

This trail is awesome because it gives people who can't hike to some of the other mountain lakes a chance to see one almost just as good. This trail is wheelchair accessible. The lake is beautiful and it is a great place to hike. The trail also connects to a large loop that connects several mountain lakes. You don't want to miss this one.

Great hike and beautiful views

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