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hiking
14 hours ago

My group thought this hike was great. On the drive to trailhead, we saw a momma black bear and two young cubs foraging in a field along the way. Perfect way to start the day!

Gang of Coloradans here, so elevation didn’t impact us. Started at 10am thinking we would run into hoards of people, but saw probably 8 groups total, maybe 20 people throughout the entire hike (not including 2 horse trail groups). First bit is wooded and covered, people are right about the horse waste; not the best but also not the worst (like, get over it, share the trail). We were excited to see some different scat at about mile 2, looked like black bear had a great lunch. Steady incline, but manageable. Some steep areas, we brought hiking poles for the day hike but found they weren’t necessary. Saw a snake along the switchbacks, small and harmless. Pretty stream in the middle of the hike, another group mentioned seeing a moose in that area. Up and up included some open areas where coverage was sparse. When you’re about a mile from lake, coverage is gone — bring a hat! Sun was brutal. As it opened up, it was really beautiful and still ascending gradually. Lake itself is surreal, so turquoise and opaque. There’s a healthy shoreline along lake, for many groups to chill and enjoy.

We’ve been a lot of places and done many hikes, and this was one of our top purely for the lake experience. Don’t listen to the party poopers saying majority of it’s boring #takeahike — Bring bear spray and enjoy! Happy trails!

My husband and I did this as part of a 3 day 2 night backpacking trip. We started the trail from two medicine and hiked counterclockwise (100% recommend starting this way). Starts out with a gradual incline and is very dense forest. Be aware of bears & make a lot of noise. About 3 miles In we turned a counter and saw a grizzly with 2 cubs. We backed off and waited a half mile down the trail for a few more groups of hikers then proceeded through the area making a lot of noise and they were gone. A couple other groups said they saw some bears on that side of the trail too. Once out of the tree line the incline increases until you reach the top. It was windy but the views are beautiful! Not a lot of people up there. We hiked down to no name lake where we camped for the night. There was a moose that was walking around the creek by our campsite. It’s a very beautiful lake about 0.2 miles off the trail to take a break or even a swim. Our last day we finished the last ~5 miles back to the campground. There are a lot of streams and beautiful scenery the entire loop. A lot of hikers do the loop in one day. We enjoyed breaking it up but carrying our packs was strenuous. Definitely recommend doing this trail, but definitely be in a group to avoid any run ins with bears.

A great hike! If I re-did it id come back in September to hike again. In the summer this trail can get hot if you aren't used to high temps. Coming from the SW I am used to it. This trail gives you a bit of everything and is a much less crowded trail if that is what you are looking for. I recommend doing the loop counterclockwise so after all the elevation changes you can stop in at no name lake and take a dip. Bring bug and bear spray!

backpacking
3 days ago

Hiked hard . Swim in the lake baby. Started this hike behind Many Glacier Hotel. Lots of solitude. Not one of the more popular hikes. But let me tell you it is tough. You will have solitude. And you will be so glad that you chose this hike. Most folks choose Grinnell Glacier and miss this one.

hiking
6 days ago

Parking available at Logan Pass. Highline Trail shares a parking lot with Hidden Lake Trailhead, so lot generally fills prior to 08:00.

Climbing up the Garden Wall was previously a bucket list item of mine. Almost a year ago, researching the Highline Trail prompted my father and I to spawn a trip to Montana. Twelve months and thousands of miles later, we clipped our packs and proceeded past the Highline Trailhead. The trail begins somewhat intimidatingly, carved into a mountainside with sheer cliffs to your left, metal handrail to your right. This marks the most unsettling portion of the trail. Gradually separating from Going to the Sun Road, the hike gradually increases in both serenity and enjoyability.

Arguably Glacier's most recognizable image- Reynolds Mountain behind Oberlin Bend- presents itself around 2.5 miles into the hike. The Highline Trail encounters dramatic scenery shortly thereafter. Haystack Butte sits behind a 180-degree view of Glacier National Park, a welcome backrest to the breathtaking vistas of Mount Cannon, Mount Gould, Reynolds Mountain, and Mount Oberlin bathed in sunlight. This vista could surely knock you off your feet. Presently, views of McDonald Creek Valley with sporadic forest occupy the mind until the Garden Wall junction.

Devoid of switchbacks, deceivingly steep, and rocky, the Garden Wall spur demands respect. This 0.6-mile cut shoots up over 800 feet in elevation over the western drainage basin. In return, however, this magnificent venture yields perhaps the greatest views in Montana. Indeed, even before the glacial overlook, the western views of Heavens Peak and waterfalls are- for lack of better term- unforgettable. Yet the climax of the Garden Wall is undoubtedly Glacial Overlook. A steep trail suddenly turns flat, dotted with four trees, and you emerge on a saddle between Peak 7980 and Peak 8479.

The view's reveal is unrivaled by anything I've ever done. Ralston Peak in Tahoe, Eagle Peak in Yosemite, Frigid Air Pass in Colorado; these falter in comparison to the dramatic uncovering of Upper Grinnell Lake. Three steps mark the difference between rock obstruction and complete vista. It's impossible to take in everything at once: indeed, the insurmountable slopes of Mount Gould giving way to Grinnell Glacier is stunning enough. Throw in the crystalline waters of Upper Grinnell Lake, the distant Lake Josephine, Allen Mountain, and you're overwhelmed by beauty.

Upon emerging at the Glacial Overlook, I thought the view couldn't possibly get better. Then, heeding the advice of fellow hikers, I trekked an additional 200 feet towards point 7980. The vista expanded. Almost the entirety of Grinnell Drainage Basin was visible, ranging from Salamander Glacier to Lake Sherburne. This additional trip, even after 800 feet of grueling ascent, marked the complete climax of this hike.

Everything thereafter is simply dispensable gravy. Admittedly, the descent down to The Loop is decent at best; surely my expectations were inflated by Heaven spilling onto the Garden Wall. Granite Chalet is little more than a historic tourist trap, the Granite Park Trail weaves through the remnants of a devastated forest, and the 3,500 feet of descent don't lift spirits. However, if we were to walk through a mosquito-infested hellhole laced with the occasional muddy leech, this hike still would've commanded five stars. The experience of the Garden Wall is simply that powerful.

My father and I begun hiking at 06:45, passed two groups of hikers, and escaped a swiftly-moving third. We had the Highline Trail to ourselves thereafter. I would recommend hiking by 06:15 if you desire serenity; even if you don't mind crowds, an early start is integral to sunrise views. Our two-man crew was the second group up the Garden Wall (summit 09:15). After a 25-minute experience of ripping winds and scintillating vistas, we passed some 25-35 people on the descent.

If you have a single day to spend in Glacier, this is your trail. Don't overthink it. This is perhaps Montana's most remarkable view, on Montana's most acclaimed trail, in Montana's renowned national park. Above all, it was worth waiting an entire year for.

best hike in the park for me so far, we did it in 2 day and camped at Lake Elen Wilson

hiking
11 days ago

Planned to do ptarmigan lake today, but it was closed to bear activity. Cracker lake ended up being a great hike. The first half is pretty boring though

We loved this hike! It is no joke and will test you throughout, but the views are well worth it. We ran into a moose as well by Upper Two Medicine Lake. Would love to do this again when back in Glacier.

hiking
15 days ago

Did this as a through hike from Jackson Glacier Overlook to Lake McDonald Lodge. An incredible hike with extraordinary views. Saw 3 moose, and 7 mountain goats along the trail. If you’re looking to get away from the crowded trails in the park, this is one to do as I saw 12 people in total, not counting the last 1.5 miles when approaching the lodge. Absolutely recommend doing either as a through hike, or backcountry camping at one of the 3 sites along the way.

Loved this hike! Long, challenging, plenty of wildlife. Be loud if you're alone-hikers in front and behind me saw a grizzly w 2 large cubs! The lake is gorgeous, crystal clear and super refreshing on the feet. Nice place for lunch before heading back, or continuing up to the tunnel.
From the lake up, it's long switchbacks. The reward is a cool walk through to an amazing view of Helen lake and rock walls. Watch your belongings, the chipmunks and marmots will steal them!

Started at 8:00 am and finished it around 5:00 pm including a long break at pitamakan lookout.
I've heard about an option of using boat to cross the lake but my stupid ego didn't let me.
I did it counter clockwise (from pitamakan to dawson) and recommend it. Yes elevation gain is tough but it's doable. It isn't as dramatic as it sounds. For some reason, dawson pass looked more difficult for gaining elevation in my opinion.
The view is spectacular and very worth it.
bring plenty of water and bug spray.
wear long pants for potential poison ivy since you go through in forest for good miles.
I wore shorts and didn't get poison ivy but there were lots of suspicious ones.

backpacking
17 days ago

Looking to hike out Wednesday 8/1! Will possibly camp. Anyone want to join? Feel free to call or text 3108904775

-Chris

hiking
19 days ago

Fantastic trail with awesome views the entire way. Steep for the last 0.6 miles before the turn around but worth the view.

*when you get to Garden Wall overlooking the valley at the turn around walk up the other side of the pass another 0.1 miles as it make the view much more breathtaking.

trail running
19 days ago

Another great run/hike in Glacier! Lots of wildflowers, gradual grade until the last .80 miles then it got very steep. But worth the views! A lot of people but not overly crowded. week day run for us.

backpacking
20 days ago

We started at the Swiftcurrent Trailhead in the Many Glacier area of the park. We continued to Apukuni Falls. It’s a mile up & then back down. Beautiful falls. From there we went to Poia lake for our first night of camping. Heavily wooded area & we saw tons of wildflowers. Once we arrived at camp, we enjoyed the sunset views of the lake. The first part of the hike up to Redgap Pass from Poia is easy. Fairly flat, going through wildflowers, wooded areas, & along a creek. Once you start the switchbacks, it’s a steep hike up to the top. We took many pauses along the way. At the top, the views are unparalleled. Take time to soak it all in! From there, we headed down to camp our second night at Elizabeth Lake. Wonderful campground! We left in the morning for Ptarmigan Tunnel. Gorgeous wooded hike at first followed by dramatic Mountain views & a steep hike up to the tunnel. The hike back down is beautiful & easy. We took a quick detour to Iceberg lake...a must see on this trip! We continued down & back out at Swiftcurrent Trailhead to compete our 3 day journey.

We did this hike on 7/20. This was one of the best hikes we've done! About 12 miles from the trailhead. We saw a black bear that crossed the trail about 2 miles in so bring bear spray!! Wouldn't say this trail was difficult (gradual climb the whole way except the last 0.5 mi to the lake) in nature but the distance was taxing. There's an outhouse at the end for the campers there. A lengthy day hike so go early! We went around 9:15 and we saw people once every 45m-1hour.

There were a lot of horse poop like the other reviewers have said. But there were girls that worked at the park who scoops them out of the way.


The views were breathtaking. Absolutely recommend this trail!!!

on Cracker Lake Trail

hiking
25 days ago

As other reviews have stated, lots of horse droppings on the initial stretch of the hike. I didn't consider this hike to be difficult, the inclines are very gradual. There is also a lot of shade in the beginning which was nice. There was a lot of bear activity when we hiked on 7/17/18 so carrying bear spray and being bear aware is essential.

on Cracker Lake Trail

hiking
25 days ago

As other reviews have stated, lots of horse droppings on the initial stretch of the hike. I didn't consider this hike to be difficult, the inclines are very gradual. There is also a lot of shade in the beginning which was nice. There was a lot of bear activity when we hiked on 7/17/18 so carrying bear spray and being bear aware is essential.

hiking
25 days 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.

Did this one 2 weeks ago. Loved this one. Great scenery. Only thing I didn’t enjoy was that it had rained the day before and the 1st km or so was walking through a mixture of mud and horse droppings.

hiking
29 days ago

Majestic experience. My favorite lake in Glacier. Saw a young Grizzly.

hiking
1 month ago

All I have to say is wow! Steep ascent with gusty winds at times make this not just challenging but extremely rewarding. I would not attempt this without being in great shape. This trail is only .6 miles long itself but shares the trail with high line making it the distance listed on this app. The view of Grinnell Glacier is unreal but make sure you go all the way to he top for the best views. Mid July and we experienced hard hail at our ascent. Be prepared!

We did part of this trail, we started at the gunsight pass parking lot and went as far as we could which according to my gps watch was 8.6 miles, and 8 on my husbands apple watch, before we hit a big sheet of snow that we could not cross, this was above the lake before the pass, we tryed to test out a couple of feet, and couldn't do it, it is slippery snow and you can't really make foot holes with the running shoes we had on, maybe with clamp ons :/ most of the hike was scenic, we saw a moose that heard us from probably half a mile away and took off running. The trail was pretty overgrown, your legs are getting rubbed most of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike from Jackson Overlook to Lake McDonald in a long day. It was absolutely stunning to go from the crowds of the Going To The Sun Road to nearly complete isolation near the top of the Pass. Bear spray is the obvious thing to bring but I would highly, highly recommend crampons and an ice ax for traversing the multiple long snowfields. I did not have them and would've really liked the peace of mind of having them because one bad step would've sent me tumbling quite a ways. Also keep an eye out for territorial mountain goats near the high spots and keep an eye out for construction at the Sperry Lodge as they rebuild from the 2017 fire.

backpacking
1 month ago

My fiancé and I did this as a 1 night backpacking trip the first week of July. It was challenging as the hike in is mostly uphill, and the first 1.5-2 miles are frequented by horse tours which make the trail extremely muddy and difficult to traverse. However the hike is beautiful, and the view of Cracker Lake is worth it. Be forewarned that it can be EXTREMELY windy at the campsite - it was hard to get the tent up. And the weather went back and forth between sunny/pleasant to cold/windy/hail with little notice. The campsite is located right on the lake, and is secluded with Mt. Siyeh directly overhead. It was truly a beautiful site if you can handle the weather.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked on 7/5/2018. This is the greatest hike for day hikers in the park!
1. Route: I started from the Logan pass, took the garden trail/ highline trail, detoured at the 7 mile to Grinnell glacier overlook (out & back), passed by the Granite Park Chalet, and ended up at the trail head of the loop. (I did not take highline trail back to Logan pass. )
2.Great view: you will pass snow, bushes, water falls, pine forest, meadows and creeks.
3. Location of the detour to Grinnell Glacier overlook: The overlook is 7 miles from Logan pass down and 4 miles with 2k elevation gain from the trail head of the loop. The trail to the overlook is 0.6 mile one-way with elevation gain of 1000ft, very strenuous.
4. Gears: We did not use hiking poles but it is recommended if you want to go to the overlook. The road up to the overlook is steep and narrow.
5. Road conditions: some part of the trail was covered by snow and water.
6. Wear: most people end up short sleeves w/ long sleeves carried w them.
7. Water: bring at least 2L water per person.
8. Commute: if you take the shuttle from Apgar Village, you have to get off the shuttle at Avalanche Creek Shuttle Stop to transfer to small size shuttle to get to Logan pass. It took us TWO hours to commute by shuttle bus from Apgar village to Logan pass. The large shuttle takes about 23-24 people (leave 4 seats for people from other stops) and small shuttle takes 14-15 persons from Avalanche. I had to wait for the second shuttle for both locations.

hiking
1 month ago

Long hike but the view at the lake is one of the best in the park

hiking
1 month ago

did this hike 6/30 - very little snow - ok to navigate.

the first 2 miles of this trail was the absolute worst trail I've ever encountered. its 2 miles of horse shit and the smell of horse shit. its so unsanitary and unsafe it isn't even funny. they had bear signs up on this trail and I couldn't even look up the first 2 miles to be aware of my surrounding because it was just constant horse crap. after these 2.1 miles its ok. if I could skip the first 2 miles i'd give a 5*

hiking
1 month ago

Trail blows in the beginning. Hard to walk along the muddy horse tracks. It's totally worth the less than ideal conditions in the beginning though, as the scenery becomes more beautiful the further you go in. The lake was not as blue as we saw in other pictures when we got there, although that was probably due to the rain the day before.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely great hike. This is one of my top three hikes in Glacier. Trail conditions at the beginning were a little rough due to horses, horse dung, and mud. Once off the horsetrail, the conditions got better. A flooded stream crossing, and a few patches of snow were the only impediments.

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