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loved this hike! the views were amazing and we got to see a moose ☺️. it is quite the hike but it was well worth the views!

My favourite hike in Waterton lakes national park. The hike up had variety and nice views. The peak was beautiful. The wind was blowing hard at the peak and made a few people in our party nervous. Hiked it with 4 kids (7,9,11 and 11 yrs). We hiked this before the fires and are very glad we did. This hike is on our top 10 favourite hikes.

Hiked August 2017. Started at St. Mary’s trailhead and hiked to Gunsight Lake. Took about 6.5 hours round trip and was well worth it. Hiked alongside a river/ marsh almost the entire way surrounded by mountains above us. This was perfect habitant for many animals as we saw Elk, Deer, and signs of Bear and Moose. Also available were endless huckleberry bushes to snack on. Highly recommend for a moderate and medium distance out and back.

backpacking
17 days ago

Hiked August 2017 and still remains one of my favorites Ive done. Trail itself is not to challenging until you reach the switchbacks that lead to the tunnel. Lots of wildlife along the way and at the lake. We saw mountain goats, sheep, and a golden eagle dive in for a kill all in a span of an hour.

We hiked it the latter half of August 2018. The trail was busy. All types of hikers; flip flops with no water and experienced hikers. The flip floppers didn't go very far, thankfully. Lots of goats and sheep and small varmit. The smoke from the fires made the stay at Granite Park Chalet, along with no maturity of the staff (nice but no adults in charge) unbearable. We were to have stayed 2 nights but left after one, losing the money on that second night. We weren't the only ones not happy, there was a newlywed couple on their honeymoon who had a sad experience, too. We have stayed years at the sister chalet Sperry. Sperry had very good staffing with an adult in charge. Never going back to Granite Park for an overnight. Great hike thru with a lunch stop is recommended...... amazing hike ! Giving the hike 5 stars and the staffing at the chalet, 1 star......

Long hike but not too much elevation. The color of the water is beautiful, and if you’re feeling up to it (and have a swimsuit or change of clothes), hop on in! It’s cold but not too bad, even on a day when there was smoke and some clouds covering most of the sun, I wasn’t cold afterwards. Make sure to look out for trail closures, the entire pathway is lined with berries perfect for bears!

hiking
1 month ago

Came to Glacier at end of the June. Most trails we wanted to do were still closed due to ice/snow. Ranger recommended this one. It ended up being our favorite trail in the park. Panoramic view at top was stunning. Saw a herd of 9ish bighorn sheeps on our way down. It was super windy on the day of our hike. We estimate around 60 mph wind speed. We had to crawl at times. It was still worth the time and effort.

on Scenic Point

hiking
2 months ago

Stop it with this trail!! So good!! The views and landscape were unlike anything we had ever seen, really great views of the two medicine lakes and Rising Wolf. No goats, but had a few cute interactions with the chipmunks! It is a workout but well worth it. Also love how the views aren’t just at the top. There were really strong winds up at the summit area- could lean backward against it without falling over. Bring good protein (& bear spray)! We hope to get back to this trail again one day! Hiking in October is awesome! Weather is perfect for these types of trails and there were only one other group on the entire trail

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.

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.

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.

It was cold. Wind was blowing hard. Not an ideal hike for this time of year. Still was beautiful though.

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

Nice hike to this spot. Hit this trail after a 7 mile hike out from Gunsight Lake. Would have been much nicer on fresh legs but the reward was amazing. Nice spot and decent campsites.

hiking
3 months ago

We did this hike on Monday, September 17, 2018. It was a beautiful sunny day. We started the trail around 9:30 am and finished at 1:30 pm., and that included a 30 minute stop for lunch at the top. This is a beautiful hike and, while hard, very doable for most. Dress in layers as it will go from cold to warm and back again. There is also enough wind at the top portion to warrant bringing something to cover your face. Sunscreen, chapstick, and hiking pole are helpful but also protection against wind chaffing for your face is a good idea. The best views really are on the first portion of the hike and before you turn away from the mountains and traverse the slopping trail to the scenic point. There is a nice spot at the point where you can sit and eat lunch while being protected from the winds. The chipmunks will steal your food if you don’t watch out! We didn’t realize you can continue on the trail and finish at the East Glacier Lodge, which is a 10 mile trek in total. This would be a good idea and we met a group on the trail doing just that. Easily one of the best hikes in Glacier...enjoy!

3 months ago

Beautiful hike. We didn't get to see any goats, but the views were unmatched. As others have said, dress in layers. You come across all temperatures on this hike. It was difficult for this 49 year old lady, but the 20 somethings I was with did it no problem.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike today (including the tunnel). The views are spectacular all the way up. Not very challenging to the lake, some easy switchbacks take you up to the tunnel (to be closed in 2 days!). Saw some deer, mountain goats and big horn sheep. Amazing scenery makes this hike one of my favourites!!

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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Hiked today and saw several areas at the beginning of the trail with scat and some bear tracks around the horse loop. Took almost 2.5 hours to get to the lake and a little under 2.5 on the way back down (average hikers). We saw two moose along the way and a deer. We didn’t see any bears until we were pulling out of the many glacier hotel parking area... on the cliff side .. saw several more up on the mountain on the drive out as well as one on the side of the road about .5 miles from the many glacier exit. Carry bear spray and be aware. In regards to the lake, it’s the most beautiful water I’ve ever seen. Weather is temperamental on this side so be prepared for wind, rain, and shine. Bugs were not bad. 9/20.

hiking
4 months 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.

Cracker Lake trail is very different from many trails in East Glacier. The first half of the hike in is mostly forested, many switchbacks and few great views. But the last half is gorgeous. The Valley seems to continue to unfold as you get closer to the lake. Very scenic valley and nice place to camp out or picnic.

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

4 months ago

Moderate incline the entire way, but nothing to shy away from. Horses had the first mile torn pretty good. Beauty of a hike with less of a crowd

The lake itself is beautiful! The first couple miles are highly covered in horse poop, which is a little frustrating. Once you get past that part it’s much better. The views of the lake are incredible. It’s worth going to if you don’t mind the horses and horse poop!

backpacking
4 months ago

This was our 2nd day of a 5 day backpack trip. We left from Red Eagle Foot campground and continued over Triple Divide Pass to Atlantic Creek campground. This is a spectacular and very difficult hike, especially with a full backpack.

The views are great along the way to the pass as you go through a river drainage and begin the ascent up to the pass. We saw a large bull moose near a beautiful waterfall coming down the mountain along the route. The views are even more spectacular as you climb the switchbacks to the pass and they take your breath away from the top. You can see around in all directions with Medicine Grizzly Lake below to the south and the drainage you just hiked up to the north. We had a couple dozen bighorn sheep up near the pass including a number of little ones. The hike down to Atlantic Creek is tough on the knees given the grade and rocky footing.

Overall it's worth the effort, but be prepared for a long day.

Did this hike as a part of the tail end of a backcountry hike starting in St Mary's. Started off at Morning Star and were scheduled to camp that night at Old Man Lake and head out the next morning out of Twin Medicine. Got up to Pitamakan Pass and was convinced by other hikers that we could NOT miss out on Dawson Pass. Ended up hiking to Dawson Pass and caught the last boat of the day across Two Medicine Lake. Made for a bit of brutal hike with multi-day backpack, but still absolutely epic. Favorite hike in Glacier by far. Even beats out Highline in my estimation. A definite bucket list hike.

The smoke was not a problem, even though it was just over the hill.

The trail showed obvious signs of heavy usage, but was also well maintained. The signage made the path obvious. There was very nearly stairs all the way to the top. I saw plenty of folks over 60 doing the trail, even all the way at the top. Most folks turned back about halfway, but there were a ton of people. However, it was not too crowed. We found a parking spot at the bottom without waiting.

I think that this late in the season it is less busy and crowded.

The views are incredible, even with smoke. All the way up, there's an un-blocked view of the granite peaks. The glacier at the end is awe inspiring.

hiking
4 months 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.

Best. Hike. In GNP.

If you are capable, you MUST do this hike. We did it from Pitamakan to Dawson, which is apparently reverse, but the views are much much better this way, and the elevation gain is way easier.

I can not believe how beautiful this hike was. You get to see glacier from EVERY direction and I swear you can see every mountain peak in the park, along with tons of lakes and we saw bighorn sheep as well.

The top was very very windy, but it didn’t matter to us because the views are what blew us away (haha pun intended). Anyway, if I could only do one hike in the whole world ever again, it’d be this one.

hiking
4 months ago

Worth every minute, mile, and sore muscle. This was only my second hike ever, but will likely be my favorite for a while to come. Definitely doable, even for those that aren't frequent hikers or aren't in marathon-shape (like me!), just requires stamina and the mental will to keep going. The hardest part (and the longest) for me was the final mile to the end on the return trip. I'm sure that's probaly the case with most hikes, but I thought the trail head was never going to appear! We spotted at mountain goat, a beaver-like animal, and a few riders on horses. Oh, and tons of adorable little chipmunks! Didn't see any bears, but definitely knew they weren't far away as evidenced by their droppings. Recommend bringing bear spray and a bell, just in case. As previously mentioned, the water is a surreal blue, and the backdrop is spectacular. We didn't swim in the water, as it was quite windy and chilly when we hiked (September), but we dipped our fingers in. Plenty of places to pitch a tent or have a picnic. Additionally, there's a little out-house at the top, which is nice! Lastly, the trail was not too crowded, which was nice, seeing as in some spots the path gets pretty narrow. I definitely recommend!

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