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backpacking
5 days ago

This was an awesome trail. It came out to be just under 40 miles. We did 3 nights and 4 days. Started at the tram and camped at Fox Creek, North Fork of Cascade Canyon, and Upper Paintbrush. We came out at String Lake.

Nice hike on a well traveled trail. 95 degree day plus the elevation makes for an interesting day. Flies are normal. They got to live somewhere and they are not really a bother. Take water. Slighty cooler at the top of swiftcurrent lookout. I used trekking poles for return given the switchbacks. This seem to made a big difference in joint and calf strain. Anyway, a great view of many glacier, the garden wall, lookout pass, mount cleverland, heavens peak, etc. Enjoy the day. No complaints whatsoever!!

Wildflowers were remarkable, mostly the Fireweed. Lake is much bigger than usual due to high snow melt this year, creek crossings are moderately difficult without getting wet. I'd consider this a mild-moderate hike. The first mile is definitely a tough warm-up, the last 3.5 miles are a bit easier.

backpacking
7 days ago

Gorgeous hike. This map leaves out the hardest but most rewarding part of the trip. The hike up paintbrush pass and the drop into paintbrush canyon is the jewel of the hike. Did the 40ish miles over three night (four days). Took the tram from Teton Village to start the trip and then hiked to Death Canyon Shelf. Second day we stayed at Sunrise Lake. Third night was Lower Paintbrush Canyon.

We missed trail to clear lake but that was Ok cause there was a connector trail from Black Joe trail to clear lake. Beautiful alpine scenery, Did this trail clockwise and glad we did cause trail down ravine past Miller lake was very steep. If you want to follow trail to Clear Lake you must hug trail to stream after crossing stream at end of Big Sandy Lake. Nice area to base camp also.

I hiked this from Granite Chalet to Many Glacier hotel (about 9 miles total). Not so difficult in this direction, as other reviewers state. I don't think there is a more beautiful, diverse hike around. There are lots of overlooks for glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls, also an abundance of wildlife (we saw deer, mountain goat, moose). As you approach Red Rock falls it becomes very crowded with families. I was not a fan of the last few miles (esp the last mile on the road at Swiftcurrent Inn and the nature trail), but the first 4 to 5 made it all worth it!
A must do if you are at Glacier and you are able.

So many wild flowers and berries! Busy trail and still ran into a bear.

Gorgeous hike! Spectacular views. This is one we were saving for a cooler day...since you have to hike through a lot of the exposed areas that were ravaged by fire years ago. With that being said, this also keeps the view unobstructed for most of the hike...amazing! Worth the drive!

Amazing hike! Amazing views into the valley, amazing waterfalls, and solitude in the upper parts of the pass. If you want to do this pass the "easier" way, come from the Highline from Logan Pass and come out in Many Glacier. It makes the trip only a little longer and you can save yourself from climbing Swiftcurrent from Many. Make sure to stage a car or be okay with hitchhiking back. In the lower elevations its easy to see a moose along the lakes on the way out of the valley or jump into Red Rock Falls on a hot day! My only complaint is the FLIES, FLIES, FLIES on the lower stretch of forest on the trail; bring bug spray!

This hike is lonnnnng but well worth it. Our group decided to do it all in one day and besides the last couple of miles it wasn't too bad. The hike is mostly flat except maybe the last mile or so. I had never hiked more than 8 miles before and I survived :). Bring some exceptional bug spray though, we were eaten alive. The scenery is beautiful and the view of the falls is stunning.

Very nice, sparsely traversed trail. There are two lakes at the end, Moon Lake and Deer Lake. Both are beautiful. Many microclimate changes and overall just a pretty amazing hike. Bring bug spray for the horse flies and skeeters at the lake. And always, bear spray!

Good trail with a great payoff at the top. Especially good for hikers who need a shorter trail with a big incentive ( like your friend or family member that’s newer to hiking)

Well maintained trail system and beautiful views. We only went to the falls this trip but I have packed into Rainbow Lake in the past and found it and Elk Lake well worth the climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Scenic but just a walk up a canyon in a picnic area.

Gorgeous hike! We did this on 07/05. Only some snow towards the top when you are getting close to the pass put nothing unmanageable. The last 1.3 miles up to the lookout is the hardest part (since you're already kind of tired) but the views are so worth it. Saw some bighorn sheep, no moose or bears but we made sure to make a lot of noise. People close to Redrock lake said there was a grizzly with 3 cubs near the trail around 4PM but we didn't see her.

Breathtaking views from the beginning to the end ! It was so Beautiful, and We were very happy that our friend recommended this hike . The hike wasn’t very difficult, but bring a hat and sunscreen as there aren’t many shaded area till Elk lake. It became very hot at high 80’s (July 10th).

1 month ago

Great short hike, only a few minutes off the highway. Amazing rock formations to climb about and explore a bit off trail. Great for our 3 and 8 year olds! Also fun to watch the climbers on the cliff faces.

hiked on 6/26/18, we went as far as the start of the switch backs then turned around because of time. its a beautiful hike to the pass with some slight navigation skills needed around mile 4.25 for about a 1/4 mile. it isn't hard, just follow the water upstream and you will be fine. we did not see any snow in the pass, but again we did not go to the top

Great hike. Beautiful lake. It is an uphill walk with the first 3 miles thru a burn area, so not quite as scenic. Couple of semi tricky creek crossings for the over 60 group. No snow on the trail.

Great hike!! did not make it to the lake because of the snowcover.

hiking
2 months ago

A wonderful easy hike for a day trip! Bring a hammock and hike straight up to the top past where the trail ends and there is a lot of awesome spots! One of my weekend favorites.

I couldn’t find this particular trail from where it had the trailhead, but we wandered around that area and went on a beautiful journey. Lots of rocks for climbing, beautiful flowers.

Awesome hike, loved the scenery all the way through. The lake is hard to find a private area to sit around, we wandered for a bit to find an awesome rock accessible to have lunch on. Pretty easy for all skill types!

Beautiful hike, the views are incredible. A lot of people were just hiking up to the falls which was impressive going to the lake is worth it though. Of the 10 or so dogs on the trail only ours and one other was leashed. Even the ranger that checked our fishing licenses had an unleashed dog, just something to be aware of.

So far one of my favorites yet challenging incline right from the start. The views were worth it. We camped the night near the waterfall. Very beautiful. Lake was amazing. Ran into a momma and baby moose as well as a bear

hiking
2 months ago

Good easy trail to the overlook, but climbing to the top really pays off. No trail to the top so you have to find your own.

What a great hike with amazing views all around! We went May 8th and there was still some snow on the ground, but not too much to stop us. I was visiting from Philly and it was the most beautiful picturesque Montana day!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail to an impressive waterfall. Trail easy to find roads in all paved so no issues and trail dry

This was an awesome hike and worth the loss of 5 toenails. I am getting bigger boots! Although on of the hikers in the group did the entire 17+ miles in her Keen sandals. Saw bears, goats, birds and moose. Definately will do again.

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