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Beautiful views. Had to re route our campsites due to grizzly activity, which made for a long second day. But the grizzly’s were amazing when we did see see them. Make sure to bring a lot of water, especially if the lake is closed as there as no other place to get water. The rain left us a little soggy. Would love to try again with better conditions.

Gorgeous

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite trails in the Ten Lakes Area, 360 views at the top and if you get there early enough you can spend the night in the old fire lookout. Most of the trail is pretty easy, and there some shade but once you leave the trees you'll want something to cover your head/face!

The view during mid summer is magnificent. By far one of the most challenging climbs for me due to the pace we were going at, but completely worth every second!

Great hike. Steady climb, beautiful views.

horseback riding
6 months ago

Had a great ride with low-hanging clouds that cleared as we reached the lookout. Nice trail, steep in some areas, but well maintained.

We hiked triple divide pass in early summer as the trail was still snowbound at highest elevations. snow, sleet, rain, high humidity and sun were all a part. our daughter was 8, sons 12 & 14. An epic hike, ending with our in St. Mary's.

hiking
6 months ago

Best hike on this side of the park. Amazing views.

This trail is awesome. Counter-clockwise is the only way to go. Yes, you gain elevation quickly but the switchbacks aren’t bad and you save yourself miles upon miles of a slow slog of an uphill.

camping
6 months ago

About a 45min drive off the highway for one heck of a beautiful hike. The trail starts out fairly unchallenging and then eases you into 14 switchbacks that walk you above and beside Glacier Lake. The views are just getting started at this point. You can see the wall of the Swan mountain range behind you and glimpses of waterfalls fed by Lace lake which is fed by Turquoise Lake in front of you. Once at the top of the ridge you begin to descend, eventually reaching Lagoon Lake, (don’t be fooled into thinking you have made it).Lagoon lake is stunning and where we decided to pitch camp for the night, however, to reach Turquoise you have to go about another 3/4 of a mile downwards, then up to find it. We dropped our packs and then headed on down to turquoise lake to enjoy the sunrise the following morning. There is a bit of snow once you reach your highest elevations but nothing hike ruining at this point. There will definitely not be many more weekends to enjoy this magical place, so get her done while you can :)!

Great hike with some nice shade. Fantastic views at the top and had a fun time talking with the fire lookout at the top.

I know it's at 5 stars, but this trail is still underrated. I went to Two Medicine to try and avoid the smoke elsewhere in the park, so was a little disappointed when I awoke to a haze. Not even the smoke could prevent this from being a great hike; I went clockwise, and it was nice to have the lake views under morning light. Added the No Name Lake and Old Man Lake spurs, since they are short and you are so close already. 17.6 miles is a short estimate -- park brochure lists at 18.8 mi, spurs made it close to an even 20. Took 7-7.5 hours.

Keeping this on my to-do list for the future, because I'm sure it's even better outside wildfire season.

Worth the distance for sure! Make sure to hike up to Pitamikin Pass first so the wind is coming at you on the pass and the hike in between rather than feeling like you're going to be blown off a mountain.

Worth the distance for sure! Make sure to hike up to Pitamikin Pass first so the wind is coming at you on the pass and the hike in between rather than feeling like you're going to be blown off a mountain.

7 months ago

Great trail and route to see Chinese Wall. Prairie Reef trail is also a highlight if you have time for great views.

backpacking
7 months ago

Did an out and back starting at Benchmark with my 73 year old dad and 2 dogs in 4 days and about 80 miles. It was hard in sections where there was little shade (starting at about mile 3 where the forest was burned). Make sure to fill up enough water when you cross rivers and creeks. It was absolutely beautiful and well worth the work. Horses use this trail frequently, and it was dusty. Great camp spots along the side, about every 3-5 miles.

camping
7 months ago

Decent hike but lots of brush and a few creek crossings. In a few spots it was difficult to find the trail due to washouts. Thank you to previous hikers that marked areas with rope and rock piles. Nice views when you get to the lake. The falls are a bit difficult to get to but worth it.

I have been in Montana for 11 days, hiking the entire time, and this is my absolute favorite hike in Glacier. I am SO happy I did this one. I did the hike in one day. Took about 7 hours. My fitbit clocked it at a little over 19.9 miles. I did it clockwise (Dawson then Pitamaken). I recommend doing it this way. The elevation gain takes longer, but it's slower and steadier. Doing it the other way, you gain an insane amount of elevation in a very short distance. Haven't done it that way, but I imagine it's exhausting. I guess it depends what you're into. Slow and steady gain with normal amount of downhill to finish. Or rapid intense gain, with a very very long downhill to finish the hike. Either way, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this hike! The views are breathtaking! Expect lots of wind at the top between passes! This was the most rewarding hike I did during my trip.

backpacking
7 months ago

I've done this trail a couple of times and every time I come up on that lake and see that peak it takes my breath away. If you have the balls to get in the water at the lake or waterfall you should do it. I went last weekend and had a blast

on Granite Lake

backpacking
7 months ago

This is a beautiful hike and breathtaking destination, although the reviews about the poorly-marked trail are correct. Apparently, after a wildfire along the trail, a large portion of the trail was moved to the opposite side of the river. There are four river crossings during this hike, but they are not always obvious, and sometimes the trail seems to continue when in fact, you should have crossed the river. The best advice I can give: if the trail ends and you have to start bushwhacking, turn around and look for an opportunity to cross the river - a number of hikers, myself included, built cairns (rock stacks), laid out arrows made of sticks, and tied orange rope (not tape) around trees as markers for crossing. If you keep your eye out for these, you will find yourself on clearly marked trails throughout the entire hike. The last mile is very overgrown, but still easy to follow.

Turned out to be the most rewarding and most difficult day hike of my week in Glacier. I personally recommend going towards Old Man Lake then going down to No Name/Two Medicine as the steady incline the whole way looked a lot better than the rapid increase on the opposite side. Going down No Name was rough on the legs, but I don't think it's avoidable here as the descending trail on either side is roughly 6-8 miles either way.

Dawson Pass was windy as hell but that should be expected. There's a great spot where the wind is calm after it for photos and lunch, but otherwise I recommend trekking through the whole pass. The wind got to me a little bit, it's about ~4 miles of steady in your face wind (my hike started around 0745)

Recommend 4L+ of water or a purifier as No Name/Two medicine/Old Man all have plethora of water (and more streams in between No Name and Two Medicine). I had about 3.5L and was worn out by the wind, the sun and the hike and just finished my water by the time I got to two medicine. This was the toughest day hike I did in the park but was definitely the best

I've never seen such beauty in such little time! Whatever you do go COUNTERCLOCKWISE! We heard a camp host said he was telling people clockwise was easier. Not a chance at a 7 mile steady incline to Dawson Pass.

Very remote and lots of burned areas but worth it to get away from everyone

Simply spectacular! Long day but worth it

hiking
8 months ago

My wife and I did this hike across 3 nights as part of our honeymoon, starting at Jackson Glacier Overlook and spending the first night at Gunsight Lake, the second night at Lake Ellen Wilson, and the third night at Sperry Campground.

This is an absolutely incredible backcountry adventure, beginning with a solid descent into the Reynolds Creek valley, then flattening out alongside the St. Mary River until gradually climbing uphill after the footbridge approaching Gunsight Lake. A lot of this area requires navigating thick underbrush, with limited visibility, so be sure to make lots of noise to avoid unwanted wildlife (read: bears) encounters.

The campground at Gunsight Lake was wonderful and fairly compact, in a good way. The campsites are in a row along a tree line next to the lake, with easy access to the pit toilet (an outhouse) and food prep/storage area. There's also many small foot paths that move you between these areas, as well as to the shore of the lake. One tip: be sure to get up early (6-6:30 AM) to catch the mist rising off of the meadow/lake.

From Gunsight Lake you climb significantly to Gunsight Pass, all the while taking in the views from above. It's a long climb, but it never feels overly strenuous. Arriving at Gunsight Pass comes with a great sense of accomplishment, as well as a spectacular vantage point of Gunsight Lake and Lake Ellen Wilson below.

The descent to Lake Ellen Wilson is a series of steep switchbacks, but nothing too daunting. Just when you think you've reached the campsite, however, you're met with another winding descent down, which isn't too bad on the way in, but will add another layer of difficulty when heading back out.

The Lake Ellen Wilson campground is gorgeous and it's no wonder that it's such a coveted location. Our only complaint is that the pit toilet is a decent distance from the campsites and food prep/storage area, which in the grand scheme of things isn't a big deal considering it's better than finding a log and digging a hole.

**One thing to note is that the entirety of this hike (and its campgrounds) are in prime bear habitat. While we didn't see any during our entire trip, we did see scat and there have been countless reports of bears in this area, so don't let your guard down or travel too far without your bear spray.**

Heading out of Lake Ellen Wilson to the Sperry Campground isn't nearly as difficult as the hike out of Gunsight Lake, and for that we were thankful. On the way over Lincoln Pass a blanket of grey clouds rolled in and treated us to a brief shower—it didn't fall too long or too hard, and we enjoyed the smell of the fresh rain. Only a short 2.7mi hike later, we arrived at Sperry Campground.

The Sperry Campground is situated along a short ridge line with sweeping views of Lake McDonald below, each campsite privy to the view. The food storage/prep area and the pit toilet (outhouse) are at the far end and have the best view. This was the one campground during our trip that we didn't spend much time in, as the delightful Sperry Chalet was only another 0.4mi down the trail, providing such comforts as a table and chairs for reading comfortably, and a hot grilled cheese with a glass of lemonade for lunch (we'd be lucky enough to score walk-in reservations for dinner that night, as well as having breakfast in the morning).

While we were eating dinner at the chalet, a strong thunderstorm swept in, a testament to the unpredictable and constantly changing weather patterns of Glacier National Park. As we took in the spectacle of high wind gusts, rain, and lightning strikes from the porch, we watched in awe as a single bolt of lightning fell from the sky and struck only a short distance away behind the ridge line—a few minutes later, we watched as a large plume of smoke began rising behind from behind the trees.

Our exit to Lake McDonald blocked by a burgeoning forest fire, we were forced to wake the next morning and unexpectedly hike back the 14mi to Jackson Lake Overlook. While the hike was as beautiful as on the way in, the grueling distance and elevation eventually took their toll, and we simply yearned for its end. An impressive 6 hours later and we caught a ride with some friends we'd made along the trail back to Logan Pass, catching a shuttle back to our car, our journey finally coming to an end.

on Granite Lake

hiking
8 months ago

I'm sure the end destination is great, but this trail is VERY poorly marked and maintained. We got lost after a few miles, and wasted hours trying to find our way to the lake. We never reached the lake and had to turn back. P.S. The trailhead for this hike can be found at the end of Granite Lake Rd near Libby, MT. The U.S. Forest Service didn't even take the time to put any signs or markings at the trailhead to indicate that it's the correct TH for Granite Lake hike, and several other hikes apparently start from the same trailhead. Very annoying.

Hard but super awesome and worth it! Make sure to have enough water if you are going counter clockwise, before the pitamakan pass

hiking
8 months ago

We did this trail yesterday (8/3/17) and it was the most incredible experience I had at Glacier. Don't miss the unmarked left fork that takes you down to Redrock Falls just over two miles in, after Redrock Lake. It's an incredible waterfall!

Bullhead Lake itself was amazing and we went a little further down this trail up toward Swiftcurrent Pass. You get some fantastic views of glaciers and waterfalls, and if you brave the uphill the view of Bullhead Lake is not to be missed. The trail is relatively easy (especially if you skip the rise up to Swiftcurrent Pass) but there's so much to see. Take a peek at Fishercap Lake early on or on the way back--we missed seeing a moose because we skipped it!

backpacking
8 months ago

We try to make this trek once a year and it never disappoints! I was surprised at the amount of fire damage on the first half of the hike but Mother Nature is bouncing back nicely and the forest appears to be very healthy. Most notable were the viewing opportunities of Granite Creek on the first part of the hike prior to the water fall. Now that all of the under brush had burnt away the viewing opportunities were plentiful. The top third was a little over grown but nothing a machete couldn't handle. Lots of good fishing to be had in the lake, next year we will have some pack rafts so we can venture to the south end of the lake and look for camping sites near the base of the waterfall. Awesome hike highly recommended.

Beautiful & a good steady climb. New favorite!

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