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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:

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Wonderful hike in its entirety. Beautiful scenery, relaxing river ambiance with impressive rock formations (carvings) and a remarkable reward once you hit the lake.

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.

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23 days 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.

Awesome, easy hike through beautiful scenery.

Beautiful trail through the trees. Uphill on the way out to the lake. It snowed while we were there end of sept. Very popular hike. Beautiful waterfall on the trail of the cedars. The avalanche trail also runs along a creek which was very pretty.

Hiked this with two young kids. We had to carry them most of the way, but we made it to the lake in about an hour. The view at the end was well worth it.

Great overall crowd pleasing trail. Lots of options to bail (boat pickup, side trails) and just enough elevation change to keep things interesting. Good challenge for a reasonably healthy married couple in their 30s (she’s quite healthy but I smoke) with a one year old in a backpack carrier. Mostly shaded.

Everything about this hike is perfection... but don’t cut it short. Go to both ends of the lake. You’re missing out if you don’t see the view from the opposite shore. Plus fewer people go the full distance so it’s a little more peaceful.

One the most beautiful trails I have hiked. Breathtaking, serene lake and heavenly waterfalls. Lots of wildlife.

Beautiful walk along the stream and lake at the end is absolutely stunning. It was quiet going up to the lake but lots of crowds as we made our way back down. Going to the sun had just closed at avalanche creek so lots of people settled on this hike when they realized they couldn't drive further. Definitely recommend going early as part of the lake's beauty is its solitude.

Enjoyed this trail. Great scenery along the way to the lake. Would definitely do it again in summer though and first thing in the morning to avoid crowds

beautiful mountain and lake side views along with three different water falls. only downside is personal, in that I prefer alpine trails :)

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.

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/

This would be a wonderful family hike as there's no elevation gain and a well paved trail. Lake was beautiful as were the mountain peaks and waterfalls/streams on the way in.

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1 month 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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1 month ago

Great hike. Had a grizzly bear with two cubs in there area , we got some great photos ( from a great distance). The snow was still melting creating some cool waterfall that were falling over the trail, definitely need to use some caution on this trail. be safe

Absolutely stunning !! It has river, lakes, views, glacier.. The hike, the views, the glacier lake with ice floating at the top! Take rain gear if chance of showers, it comes in quick. Lots of wildlife, we saw a moose coming up to thw beach where we swam in a lake to drink..

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1 month ago

Gorgeous!

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1 month ago

Hiked 9/5/18 from shuttle stop. Apparently there's a new trail, because this is a shorter route than going from the car parking. It goes through a nice clearing with mountain views, but does not go by St Mary Lake. An easy, pleasant walk with both mountain and waterfall views. Be sure to look east (away from St Mary Falls) for nice views.

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1 month ago

Hiked 9/4/18 via the 8:30 boat round-trip and ranger-led hike, about 7 miles. Perfect pace for this 69-yr-old from Alabama in moderate shape. Great scenery despite high clouds covering the mountain tops. We saw big-horn sheep and later a moose family by the upper lake.

Hiked Sept 6th . Started from Many Glacier Lodge at 9am, great beginning trail. Great mountain and lake views. Relativly easy for first 3.5 miles. Took way too much stuff ( planded for bad weather and such) could have reduced pack weight by 10 lbs. Took water filter - great for refill at the top, helped others refill as well. did not snack enough along the way to keep up the energy . The last 1.5 miles were trying to make me quit the climb but all the younger and older hikers passing us and urging us on got us to the top. Took 5 hrs to make it up. epic climb and made my whoe year ! Checked off the Bucket List !took 4 hrs to get down and missed the boat literly to catch the ride back to the lodge so walked the last 2 mils compleatly pooped. From Indiana we did not plan or prepare for shuch a climb but glad we did it. PS: our Iphone recorded 15 miles total. This is a must do climb.

Hiked 9/17. I'm not particularly athletic so I had doubts about being able to finish this trail (10 miles and uphill? Yikes) It was surprisingly easy, the incline is gradual and because you stop frequently to let people pass and admire the views you never get too tired. The only time I was out of breath was the steeper portion just before you reach the glacier which doesn't last long at all. It took us around 6 hours including a handful of short stops on the way up and a half hour break at the top. I'm from the northeast and have never seen anything as beautiful as what I've seen here.. With the fall colors, it was too much!! This one is a must. HIGHLY recommended. P.S. There are pit toilets a half mile before the top.

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1 month ago

It’s one of the most gorgeous hikes I’ve ever done! The views are spectacular the whole way up. Once we reached the top, there were a good amount of people there, so we kept walking along the water and the crowd died down. We went with a group of 6 people, 4 of us are more experienced hikers and it was a bit challenging at points but over all easier than expected. Our other 2 friends, who are not experienced, did find it pretty challenging, but with a good amount of breaks, we all made it up to the top together in about 3.5hrs. I HIGHLY recommend this hike.

Awe inspiring views from start to finish are provided by this half dirt, half boardwalk trail. Hidden Lake Overlook gives you a great sense of the alpine habitat without too much stress and features an absolutely stunning view at the lookout.

The trail has two staircases divided by a quarter mile of flat terrain. Given the boardwalk and short distance, this can be enjoyed by the entire family.

This is a trail that requires you to pay attention to the weather. The trail begins at roughly 7,000 feet, and when we hiked the trail in mid September, temperatures were 10 degrees colder at the trailhead than reported by rangers. Moreover, visibility can be a challenge because low-ceiling cloud cover can completely engulf this area of the park, even if it is bright and sunny in the West Glacier area (the trail is on he mountain that essentially “blocks” the clouds from moving down through the valley).

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