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Wanting to hike this either 7/29 or 7/30 and looking for a small group to join as I will be solo. Email jwesleyregan@gmail.com to coordinate!

Hiked to the lake with two seven-year-olds today, and it was great. Almost no parking available at 8:30 am, though. The kids loved being by the creek, and the lake is lovely.

15 hours ago

Great hike to a beautiful lake! The path is very well maintained with lots of pretty wildflowers. We started from the Swiftcurrent Loop Trail and then took the south trail along Lake Josephine. We added the Hidden Falls Overlook to our hike as well (only .2 miles). We walked about 7.5 miles round trip, but the trail is relatively steady.

Awesome hike to do with your family and friends. Would recommend bringing a lunch to eat when you get to the lake and checking out the views from Lake Josephine’s shore! Happy hiking :)

This is a really fun hike that is good for most ability levels. The views are incredible. However, it is heavily trafficked which can be frustrating.

Did this back in mid June when the lake was still frozen over, very cool to see in the bowl of mountains it was surrounded by, and the view of valley you walked up to get it is spectacularly beautiful.

Hey! Looking to go out on 7/23 and if anyone is interested would love to create a group. It’s always better in numbers. If you’re interested email me at Meagan.lewi9@gmail.com

Beautiful view, worth the hike!

1 day ago

I would definitely recommend this hike to anyone who wants to see great views of Glacier! Wake up early and park at Logan’s pass and start hiking on the Highline Trail. We Started around 7:30 and the trail was very busy already with groups of people. My fiancé and I just took our time and took a lot of pictures on our way. Just about 2-3 hours later the rush of hikers calmed down as they all got ahead of us. The trail was more enjoyable once they all passed. I would definitely recommend hiking up to Grinnell Glacier Overlook. It is very difficult as you gain 1000 feet of elevation in .6 miles, but the views are jaw dropping! Make sure to go all the way to the top in order to see everything. After that we hiked to the chalet for a bathroom break and down to the loop. From the loop we got a shuttle back to Logan’s Pass. Besides the overlook, the trail is relatively easy and mostly downhill, unless distance is an issue for you.

Great quick hike! Went around 6pm and the sun and reflections on Johns Lake were beautiful! Only ran into two other families. Make sure that you take the hiking trail and not the designated horse trail otherwise you won’t be able to get up to Johns Lake.

Hiked on 7/15. Best hike of the week! Moderate hike with great views and what a payout at the end!! Coolest lake with stunning views. Saw a group of big horn sheep near the end. Go out early to have the trail to yourself and bring bug spray

Busy trail, but the view of the lake is amazing! Not a bad hike, and trail was very well maintained

Beautiful as is everything in the Park.

Easy hike bring plenty of water. Views are priceless.

Hiked July 16th. Absolutely beautiful! Really wish we had hiked Iceberg before Grinnell though, instead of the other way around. Grinnell raised expectations that were hard to meet. As you'll read, the only steep part is at the beginning, and the rest is a gradual climb. As one would expect, the water is cold, but not as cold as Grinnell, so take the plunge! Water shoes tho! We didn't have water shoes to navigate over the rocks when getting in and the soles of my feet were bruised the next day. Other than a moose occupying the trail on our way down, we didn't encounter much wildlife (12pm-5:30).

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!

Hiked July 14th. This trail came recommended by a classmate who had done it in recent years. If you're staying on the west end of the park, it's a must hike. Yes, it's quite populated, and too many people feel as though they have to walk shoulder-to-shoulder when passing instead of single-file, but it's to be expected with this type of trail. It's gorgeous from the beginning of the trail to the end! This was our introductory hike for Glacier, and we were not disappointed. If you wish to hike to just the first beach access, it's just over 2 miles in, making this hike only 4.3 round trip. As many recommend, once you've snapped a few initial pics, it's best to explore the further beaches where the crowds thin out.

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.

3 days ago

We began our hike at 1:30 pm when the sun was high - it was warm but worked to our advantage on the return as there was shade our entire descent (5:30-8:00pm). The trail was quite busy on our ascent but quiet on the return. Several springs and Ptarmigan Falls offered relief along the way. The lake is stunning - well worth the effort with our 8 & 11 year olds! Many icebergs were in the water and we even witnessed a chunk fall into the water while there. Stunning views all along the trail - if you’re in East Glacier do not miss! Also, bring your bug spray, bear spray and sunscreen! The bugs were really thick in the afternoon.

3 days ago

Lake was nothing special, barely even visible really. The part of the trail on the south of GTTSR (which is where the lake was) was pretty boring, just a bunch of felled trees, and that is where the majority of the incline on this trail was. I would just do the north portion, which is also the beginning of McDonald Creek Trail. Very pretty hike along the rushing water. Horses also use portions of the trail. Make sure to have bug spray! There is a sign for the trail head on the south side of GTTSR, with room for about 6 cars to park, or you can turn north just to the east of that trailhead for more parking (and the better part of the trail). Got there around 0830 and we got the next to last spot on the southside, I assume there were still plenty on the north side. The 13 and 15 year old were pretty bored with this one.

At some points the path was so over grown you couldn't see the path. For moderately hiked I saw no other people for 6 miles so I made sure to make some noise. The lake was okay, I wanted to go further to the upper lake but felt like I was being watched so I turned around at the lower lake. Saw some bear fur and poop but didn't see any wildlife except for a deer that thought it would be funny to scare the shit out of me. Going up Sperry Trail was the hardest part, the rest was relatively easy. It was a decent hike.

Beautiful! Keep going to the beaches and see the most beautiful lake of cold water! Nice and shady the whole way.

4 days ago

For your very beginner or family with kids or older adult with decreased endurance or activity level.

Awesome lake in a bowl at the end.

Absolutely stunning! We did the entire trail, skipping the boat option. The south side of Josephine Lake was nothing special, I wouldn't do it again. The north side of Josephine Lake was right along the water, very nice. The very beginning of the trail by Many Glacier Hotel, around Swiftcurrent Lake, we saw a moose walking right along the trail. The 13 and 15 year old liked this one a lot as well, there was a swinging bridge, planks to walk on, stumps on the path they could hop from one to the next. Don't forget the bug spray! They were doing some maintenance on the trail when we did it. I'm not sure if they're building a new section of trail or repairing the old, but when we got to the lake the trail just sort of ended right in the water, without much of a clearing to actually see. There was a spot with benches that looked like where their maintenance was going to lead to, but you couldn't get there without getting wet. One of the guided tours got there around the same time we did and a lot of them, as well as us, braved the cold water to get out onto the dry spots of pebble rocks to get better views. Well worth it and the wet shoes and socks weren't bothersome on the trip back. Very little incline, husband and I did this with our 16 month old on my back and almost 3 year old on his back. We were getting tired towards the trip back (total 8.2 miles with our trips down to the water). Tired, but very doable due to the lack of incline. There is the Hidden Falls trail right by the swinging bridge. Only 0.2 miles up, very steep, but since it was so short we were able to get up there with the toddlers on our backs.

** I would either do the north side twice or you could do the boat option either out or back, but to do it out you need to book pretty far in advance online or 3 days in advance in person. If doing the return trip option there really isn't a guarantee for the trip back. There was a sign for pickup times at the dock but they were pretty spread out. Boat option seemed pricey, but we were also a group of 6 so that makes a difference.

Great hike!!! The views of the valley and mountains are awesome. And it’s hard to describe how incredible the lake is. You have to see it to understand. We also saw a moose as we got closer to the lake!! We went with the family today, which includes our youngest, who’s 8 years old. He did well on the hike up and was super excited as he played in the lake. He got a little tired on the way back, but that might be because it’s not as exciting hiking back to the car. :)

Watch out for the chipmunks and ground squirrels at the lake. They’re used to hikers grabbing a bite there and aren’t afraid to steal some food.

Also, we got to the motor inn around 9:15am and the motor inn lot filled up right after we got there. I’m guessing people started to park on the road by around 9:30 because there wasn’t any space left in the lot.

5 days ago

Though this hole is not what I personally would call challenging I feel your average how would. I hiked this July 16 2018 and here were still a lot of snow sheets covering a large majority of the upper part of the trail. The trail was closed beyond hidden lake overlook due to frequent bear sitings beyond this point so I technically couldn’t finish it. Despite this inconvenience the overlook is amazing to take in the majesty of hidden lake and I also saw 9 mountain goats 4 of which came within an arms reach of me.

5 days ago

Very lightly traveled in comparison to the rest of the trail system in glacier. This hike goes straight up after about a 1/4 mile. You’re welcomed by pine forest which yields to gorgeous views of 2 medicine lake which eventually scales to open alpine at the top. I was able to come within 20-30 yards of 14 big horn sheep. The views alone at the top are worth it.

Beautiful trail! Definitely worth it.

One of those ideal hikes that’s about the journey and the destination. Fantastic vista views, forest trails, waterfalls, and an unreal lake at the end. Steep incline at the very beginning but don’t be fooled - trail levels off after that for a very gradual incline the whole way. Get there very early to avoid crowds, bugs, and heat (half the trail is pretty exposed). Not nearly as crowded as Avalanche or Hidden Lake but still quite a few people, seems like late morning is busiest time.

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