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I hiked this trail 2 years ago at the age of 63, with former college friends on a reunion trip. We did the full hike and it was a good challenge, but other than the distance, would rate it as "easy". It was a beautiful trail with a wide variety of sights along the way, one of my favorites in Glacier.

hiking
17 days ago

Freaking beautiful- past the overlook

This hike was our first one in Glacier! It was busy but we were there over the 4th of July. Go early regardless during the busy season so parking isn’t an issue. Literally saw people yelling at each other in the parking lot for spots. The snow was still on the mountain on our way up and pretty entertaining as some folks had flip flops on attempting the trek. So wear tennis shoes! Once you get to the overlook YOU GOTTA KEEP GOING! The way down to the lake was beautiful and then once you get there it takes your breath away. Picture perfect views and a fun spot to spend time taking it all in. There had been “grizzly activity” the day before but we didn’t see any ( wheh) but we saw a few sheep, goats, chipmunks and what I think is a marmot!! Way back up is strenuous but doable if you walk or hike often.

Saw rams, mountain goats and moose along the way. No bears though! The glacier is slowly shrinking but still beautiful!

hiking
21 days ago

We were in from out of town and wanted to get a hike in on the only clear day we were here (which happened to be New Year’s Eve). We were not prepared for the 3 feet of snow on the top of the mountain but still had a blast for the first 3,000ft. After that, you better have snowshoes or skis, otherwise you will be crawling up or up to your hips in snow. The trek took us 6 hours and we had to turn back early. Should be no problem with the right gear, but it is uphill the whole way. We will absolutely be back better prepared because the views were great!

22 days ago

Hiked this last August while most of the park was closed from fire damage and smoke. Great reward at the end and saw 3 moose along the way, including a 22 point bull that walked across the trail about 25 feet in front of us.

One of the best hikes in the country!!!!

hiking
25 days ago

Hiked September 2017. While smoke obscured our views, this was a great first hike in Glacier NP.

Beautiful quick hike - if you’re able, make it down to the lake, just be prepared for the stairclimb back up.

Amazing! Make sure to check trail closures, especially during the summer and fall when the grizzlies are active - glacier closes the trails according to bear activity. You can take a boat to make the hike if you’d like. Make sure to keep an eye out for animals in the valley below, saw moose, big horn sheep, and a grizzly.

Got to hike this in the snow, it was an epic experience. Lots of slipping and sliding, but tons of fun. One of my favorite hikes ever.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail with my grandson. The views are beyond spectacular

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked in August 2018 from the parking area. Our trip lasted 6 hours total, 3 hours up, 1 hour for lunch near the glaciers, and 2 hours down. Beautiful views of lakes, waterfalls, and mountains. Saw a few mountain goats and bighorn sheet. Very congested with hikers at midday. I highly recommend starting early in the morning. We wore long sleeves and long pants at 7am, but quickly stripped into short sleeves and shorts by 8am. Bring lots of water and stop to enjoy the views!

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of the best hikes in one of the best national parks and arguably one of the best hikes in the country. The trail along the north or south shores of Lake Josephine are flat but it is heavy grizzly territory. After a little more than 2 miles from the trailhead you will begin the ascent up Mt. Grinnell. The climb is difficult but extremely rewarding. The views of the surrounding Many Glacier area are some of the best in the park and depending on the season, waterfalls are present along the cliff face from glacier runoffs. Once you get to the top you are greeted by Grinnell and Salamander Glaciers. The crystal clear blue glacier water is even more beautiful in person than it is in the photographs. Hikers can take a break relaxing near the glaciers before heading back down. Although it's a challenge, I think everyone that visits GNP should check-out this hike; you won't regret it! Check out my website for some more of the best hikes in Glacier National Park:

https://trailheadtraveler.com/best-day-hikes-in-glacier-national-park/

on Iceberg Lake Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Really love this hike, so many fantastic views and when you make it to the lake it really is a mountaintop experience. We were so glad to be able to have the lake to ourselves. There is such fantastic energy up there. We experienced great stillness and awe. Late September, early October is a fantastic time to go. Wear a lightly insulated jacket and the weather is perfect. We encountered maybe 6 people in the 6 hrs we were on the trail. (We took our time, spent a good amount of time at the top and also stopped to take a lot of photos along the way.) it’s true, it’s not s very hard hike, just long. The beginning part is steep but it’s not bad knowing that it doesn’t last very long... it did hurt a bit on the way back though! We didn’t see goats, sheep, bears, or moose, (even with our binoculars out every other clearing!) but we did encounter two friendly deer and a small flock of female grouse. Since there was no one else on the trail most of the time, we clapped our hands before we went around any of the sharp turns in the wooded areas. Nearby trails were closed due to bear activity. Take your bear spray and keep a keen eye out in this area while you are enjoying the views!

Possibly my favorite of all the lakes in Glacier. The hike isn't particularly hard, and offers great views throughout including a waterfall beside the trail. Iceberg Lake itself is beautiful, nestled under stadium like cliffs.

We hiked this with our kids in July. Took us 5.5 hrs to get up and 3 down. Well worth the work!! Beautiful views and great hike. We seen brown bears (so take bear spray) and mountain goats. If we did it again I would get there early and hike while it’s cooler...it get quite hot against the rock walls of the trail. Not a lot of shade. Take plenty of water. We refilled on the big waterfall as everyone else was...we did not get sick.

Great trail. You can tailor it to skill level. Either hike to just the lookout point, or continue down to the lake.

Absolutely amazing. Busy trail in the summer.

Beautiful views!

hiking
3 months ago

Best hike ever!!! We hiked it with all 4 of our kids ages10,7,5 and 3 (husband carried the 3yr old) we loved it!! It was early July so the end of the trail was closed due to snow. But still highly recommended!! Take water as it really warms up on the way back!

We hiked this on 10/17 and good golly was it beautiful! The park service closed the last 1.5 up to Upper Grinnell Lake due to bear activity, which was a bummer. We didn't see any four legged animals the whole hike and were the only humans on the trail. The highlight was definitely lunch on the dock at Josephine lake.

hiking
3 months ago

My son and I did this hike on 10/8/2018 and hiked in the snow the entire way. Absolutely breathtaking views and easy walking for majority of trail. Two adult grizzlies on the trail within 75 yards about 1/2 mile before lake. Decided not to bump them, so we never actually made it to the lake, but well worth the minimal effort. Will complete this hike next time in GNP!

Beautiful trail! definitely would love to do it again.

Amazing hike, the first 3 miles were easy and mostly flat, the last 2 miles is really where you gain all your elevation. The views were amazing, you are surrounded by mountians and cliff sides. YOU WILL SEE WILDLIFE. Maybe.... all i know is we saw bear prints, and bear scat, but no bear. We did see 2 moose that were about 20 feet away! Really beautiful hike and well worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked up and back Mt Brown in about 5.5 hours. It was moderate temperature on the first 2.5 miles or so - we took most layers off as the exertion of hiking up steeply inclined trail got us pretty warm. After about 2.5 miles, we started getting into more weather and by the top, there were a couple inches of snow and it was blowing very hard. We put all our layers back on by then and were grateful for them. The view was pretty though we were mostly surrounded by clouds as the day was overcast so it was hard to see too much. The lookout building at the very top was a cool summit find as well. Our fitness levels are moderate to fit and we found the hike to be difficult but entirely doable, particularly as we kept a low key, steady pace. One thing to note is that from the Lake McDonald lodge parking lot, it is 5.3 miles to the lookout building at the summit making the round trip 10.6 miles (not 9.2 as the Mount Brown Lookout Trail info on AllTrails indicates).

this trail was like walking in literal heaven. absolutely beautiful landscapes, adorable mountain goats. highly recommend! if you'd like to do the whole trail, which goes down to the lake (and then you walk back to where you started) I recommend giving yourself a full day because it is long and you'll probably wanna chill at the lake for an hour or two before heading back.

backpacking
3 months ago

Nice hike to this spot. Hit this trail after a 7 mile hike out from Gunsight Lake. Would have been much nicer on fresh legs but the reward was amazing. Nice spot and decent campsites.

This was the highlight of our month of hiking and camping Montana! The hike around Lake Josephine is beautiful and flat but you will pay your dues in the last 2 miles which are an uphill grind. I made a video of the hike and my wife detailed her experience if anyone is interested: https://practicalvagabonds.com/grinnell-glacier/

hiking
3 months ago

We did this hike the 3 days after they reopened the pass to the visitors center. The entire trail was still snow covered and we didn't have crampons so that made it quite challenging. Saw many mountain goats both right on the trail and on the mountain side. The views were breathtaking!

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