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A nice hike with fantastic views for the last mile and a quarter. The rest of the trail is in the woods with very little scenery. The trail is also overgrown so morning hikes will be soggy from the waist down. Once you clear the trees and get to the steeper section near the top the trail is worth the effort. The trail is rated "hard" and I agree. I did the 12 miles round trip (from parking lot at Bowman) in 4.5 hours which was pushing it hard. If you take your time it wouldn't be as tough.

hiking
4 days ago

A very nice day with very few others on route. This is a bear active trail though, so make noise or talk as much as you can. Though we saw no bears on the trail we had a big grizzly Mum and big cub at the finish. Viewed them from the safety of our RV.
The track is easy with a steady gradient. The lake is spectacular and a nice lunch spot. Highly recommend.

This trail is dope, do it. Stay the night at Cosley

Awesome trail. Only took it to the lake, but up the pass would totally be worth it. Consider breaking it into a couple nights at camp or pressing on LEW

hiking
13 days ago

Most of the trail is a walk through the forest with a fair incline, but near the end it opens up and you are exposed. During the year that we went, the start of the trail goes through an area that has experienced a forest fire, so all that's left is just burnt tree trunks.
There is no big ending at the lake, it just ends. If you are feeling adventurous you can bushwack and walk around the lake.
Its a good place to skip rocks, and just hang out.

20 days ago

Well worth the work to get there. You’ll climb and the wind is very gusty. Interesting natural and cultural discoveries along the way.

Tips: sunscreen, hiking poles are nice, layers, something to cover your face from the wind

Great hike. Not hard pretty flat.

on Scenic Point

hiking
22 days ago

2018.08 was smokey, but still worth it. loved the silhouette trees. will definitely come back.

Tough climb, but totally worth it!

23 days ago

- Well-maintained
- Gradient-friendly
- Spectacular views of valley and surrounding mountains
- Lots of fire damage
- Great lunch spot at lake
- No bugs due to high winds
- Good temperature throughout
- No bear sightings

hiking
26 days ago

The road up to the parking lot has a lot of washboard areas which made the drive less enjoyable, even in a 4WD truck. Parking was adequate.

The hike was very enjoyable. Lots of variety including lakes, rocks, streams and alpine meadows. We didn’t run into any bears but we had bear spray just in case.

Moderate to hard. Amazing scenery. Lake is nothing special but it is worth the extra effort to get to the tunnel. Views overlooking Elizabeth Lake are absolutely amazing. Even spotted a mom and 2 cubs (grizzly) on the way back.

hiking
1 month ago

Otokomi was a fairly strenous hike! It was our fourth day hiking so we were pretty tired and sore going into it! The hike has some burned areas leaving us pretty exposed so wear sunscreen and sunglasses! The hike is not frequently traveled so there are places where the trail is very narrow from bushes! We never had a problem finding the trail though! Lots of berries along the trail and we saw some bear droppings. The only bear we saw was near the end of the trail, down in the valley by the stream and it was walking towards the lake! Definitely bring your bear spray and be ready! The lake was very pretty and could see some trout swimming! There is not much for areas to sit down near the lake and lots of bugs! Bring your bug spray! We started at about 9am and there was only one other car in the parking lot. We passed by two groups of people going up and four groups on our way down! If you want some peace and quiet this is the trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Relative to the effort the reward is just ok, not great. Positives: Not many people, nice views at top, comfortable well maintained trail. Negatives: Very buggy all the way including at the top, the lookout tower appeared to be closed to the public when we arrived - there was a chain across the staircase leading up to the lookout with a "privacy" sign. Also noticed several people in the tower - perhaps it was rented/reserved? Is this possible? So after a long hike, we never got to go up to the tower, sat outside under the the tower and got eaten alive by mosquitos and flies. Compared to other hikes in Glacier this is average at best

Did this beauty yesterday July 28th 2018! Perfect hike if you want a bit of a challenge. wouldn't rate it difficult but it definitely gets your heart rate going:) The Tunnel is really something! The weather was perfect and we even spotted a mama grizzly and her two cubs at a safe but perfect viewing distance on the way down:)

pretty cool not many people on it. the views don't get good till the ranger station so it also gets hot

This was a somewhat tiring hike near the end, but a fun challenge. The signs at the beginning warn of the frequency of bear sightings so we made sure to talk (almost yell!) as we walked to keep the bears at a safe distance. We saw almost no people along the way and we were gifted beautiful views at the top. I only wish we had brought more food to enjoy during our lunch break looking out over the mountain ridges and lakes!

hiking
1 month ago

Horse Ford, about 1.3 miles in, is absolutely beautiful. That’s a gradual downhill for about 1.3 miles until you get to Gunsight Trail. Gunsight is slightly overgrown but follows St. Mary river and is nice. The Florence falls 0.6 mike (1.2 our and back) Trail is VERY overgrown, so much so that it was tough to see my own feet at times. The falls are beautiful though.

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

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful if you can find your way down to it! Desperately wanted to spend the night. Was at the top looking down on Crater Lake but trail was hard to follow. It appears to lead you through a Bush-whacking stretch but if you find yourself doing that then you missed the narrow little, hard-left turn that seemingly only takes you to an overlook. As I was later told, you need to follow over (along the top of that rock) and trail continues on other side. It is thick bear country — evidence in my pic of large scat at ‘end of trail’.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike would be hard if you started it on a hot day after 10 in the morning as it is very exposed. However I would say its moderate. It is long but it is interesting and varied and not at all busy which is nice for Glacier.
The trail starts out steep and then flattens for quite a while and the last part is a bit gruelling but never difficult. The trail is easy to walk on but quite narrow in spots so it was hard to use poles for some of it as there are bushes on both sides (so don't hike alone).
Also when we were hiking back we could see the camp store for maybe 1/2 hour before we got there
All in all a good hike of about 5 hours plus the lunch stop. 2.75 hours in and 2.25 out at a brisk pace.

hiking
1 month 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.

backpacking
1 month ago

I would say the trail is easy to moderate at places. Every beautiful scenery and the lake is gorgeous. The fishing isn’t to bad.

Views from the top are nice, but not amazing. not too hard, just long.

hiking
1 month ago

Made it to the ghost tree and had to turn back as the sun exposure was too much for my 11 & 8 year old. They hike quite a bit but as this was our last of many hikes this Glacier trip I think they’d just had enough. Enjoyed the falls and the tiny blue butterflies that seemed to flock by the hundreds. Hopefully will travel back one day!

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic hike! Gets a little difficult towards the end due to steeper elevation gain from the switch backs. However, the views at the top are totally worth it. Pack a lunch to relax at the top and enjoy the panoramic views before your hike down. From the top you can see Bowman Lake, Akokala Lake, and Long Bow Lake. Make sure to pack bear spray and make noise on the trail. A bear was sighted the day before we hiked this trail.

Also this is a great hike if you want to get away from the busy crowds. Didn’t see much people on the trail.

hiking
2 months 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.

We were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this lake! Fun chill hike (gradual climb, we didn’t think it should be rated as hard) gorgeous waterfalls along the way, wildflowers and the crystal clear blue lake was filled with trout!! It was incredible! A little gem! Definitely worth it! I’d do it again in a heartbeat and very few people.

Excellent hike to Nina ridge lookout with the start being at bowman lake. There were two negatives for me personally and that was 1) the mosquitos (crazy) and 2) a lengthy dirt road to get to the trail. However that also allows you to go to Polebridge which is an exceptionally cool little town (if you can even call it that) with baked good that are to die for.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hike like everything in glacier. Nicely wooded scene opens into an expansive meadow near alpine only to be finished off by the actual tunnel following a few switchbacks behind the lake. Easy directions to get to the trailhead. Would suggest doing iceberg lake on the same day since they share the same trail.

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