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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:

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

on Iceberg Lake Trail

hiking
17 days 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.

A very long day hike, but completely worth it. It's actually not too difficult, with relatively minimal elevation gain. The hike itself takes you through dense forest before following the creek up to Cracker Lake. Aside from the spectacular mountain range backdrop, what's really striking is the white-blue color of the lake's water.

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.

Absolutely amazing. Busy trail in the summer.

Beautiful views!

hiking
29 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!

First time in Glacier. Trail had oustanding views. Hiked 10/16/2018. Elevation gain was heavy half way through for about 1 to 2 miles. Would highly reccomend yak trax or snow shoes for last 1 mile. Was able to complete with my 3 season boots however snow was 1-3 feet deep during last .5 mile -1 mile. Bear tracks everywhere. Take precautions.

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.

Absolutely awesome hike. The views along the entire hike are incredible and we saw several mountain goats and deer. The beginning of the hike - when the path is narrow with steep drop-offs - may have been the most exhilarating part of the trail, though it is beautiful the whole way. Towards the end of the hike, it is worth making a short detour to stop at the Granite Park Lodge; the hike down from there, through burned forest, was longer than expected and very exposed (the only slight negative about the hike). Provided the park shuttle is running, it is relatively easy to get back to your car from the finish of the hike.

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

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.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

Did this hike today (after Ptarmigan lake and tunnel). The views are spectacular and the lake is amazing. Saw a momma bear and her cubs near the lake. An easy hike all the way.

hiking
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

We did this hike on September 21st, 2018. After reading all the reviews to get there by 6am to get a parking spot we made sure to do just that! Well, turns out that this time of year getting a parking spot is no issue. We pulled into the Logan’s Pass lot just after six and there were only two other cars. We waited until sunrise to start the trail which was about 7 am. It was cold!!! 37° when we started. If you are going this time of year, wear layers! Bring gloves and a beanie. I recommend lightweight layers though that are easy to remove and throw in your bag because you will not need all the layers for the entire hike. It felt like we hit all the seasons at one point during the hike. We even got snowed on at one point but not enough to inconvenience us. It was actually pretty neat! Once we got to the point where we could choose to continue to the Chalet or do the .6 mile hike up to the Grinnel Glacier we decided to go up! Let me tell you, it was not easy going up and almost harder to come down but was totally worth it! The view from up there is breathtaking!! Once you summit the mountain and see the glacier, it’s super windy and cold but if you venture off to the left a little bit there’s a little spot in the rocks to hang out, get out of the wind and eat lunch with a breathtaking view of the glacier. Make sure you are well rested before you head down from the glacier. It’s a tough trek down. At this point we were extremely thankful for our trekking poles! Highly recommend bringing them! Once we got to the bottom of the trail and back onto the main trail we decided to continue on to see the Chalet which was less then a mile at that point. Very cool to see but it was all closed down and winterized at this point which was fine with us because we had plenty of food and water. This is where the decision making gets important. Because the shuttle is no longer running people back up to Logan’s Pass from the loop parking lot we had to decide if we wanted to continue the hike down to the loop and hitch hike our way back up to Logan’s Pass to our car or turn around from the Chalet and hike back to Logan’s Pass. Being as adventurous as we are and not wanting to missing anything we decided to do the “4 mile” downhill stretch to the loop parking lot. I put 4 mile in parenthesis because it felt like way more than that. We were absolutely miserable at this point. This downhill is extremely hard on the feet and knees and we had trekking poles! If we were to do this trail again, we would turn around at the Chalet and hike back to Logan’s Pass. Oh and in case you’re wondering, we were able to catch a ride from a fellow hiker back up to our car.
If you decide to continue down from the Chalet, be extra cautious of grizzly bears at this point. It goes through some PRIME grizzly habitat. We saw lots of their poop on the trail. Make lots of noise and talk loud. This brings me to another subject. If you are a wildlife enthusiast as I am you may be wondering what type of wildlife we saw on this hike. We saw 5 mountain goats and about 5 long horned sheep. I am a wildlife photographer so you bet I enjoyed seeing and photographing these animals!! If you want to see some photos from this hike I’ll be posting some hopefully in the next couple weeks.

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walking
1 month ago

Easy, ADA accessible trail. Shaded with large cedar trees. We were not planning to stop, but decided to at the last second. Good for kids too.

Absolutely gorgeous views from the summit. Requires some scrambling and climbing to reach the summit, but it's totally worth the effort.

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