The trail was great I just wasn’t prepared. Very rocky, needed harder sole’d hikers. Didn’t have bear spray, so turned back when I came across fresh grizzly tracks in the mud. So i didn’t go in as far as i had hoped. Between knowing a Bear was near by and the few snakes on the trial, I was a bit skittish. But the hike was overall really great and it was beautiful.

hiking
16 days ago

did this trail at the end of June 2018. there was still a fair amount of snow but we struggled through to the lake and glad we did. stunning. well worth the work. one of my favorite hikes in this area.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful short hike. A steady grade to the lake and very pretty. Fairly crowded. The trail is very well maintained. The last few miles of the road are pretty bumpy and a big camper coming down the road can be a pain if you encounter one in a tight turn.

hiking
9 months ago

The road to the trailhead is close to 8 miles and took 40 - 45 minutes to drive. The first 4 miles are pretty good and the last 4 is a little rougher but not bad. Climbed the trail just after the Labor Day weekend, so not busy. Not real difficult. Just be prepared for a steady uphill grade for 2 miles to the top of the trail, before descending .4 miles down to the lake. Didn't see anyone on the way up. At the lake I had a mountain goat visit for 20 - 30 minutes. Plenty of flowers along the well maintained trail. Came across 6 hikers climbing up as I was climbing down.

Amazing white water in spring. Trail follows along edge of river in rocky gorge, quite spectacular. Good fishing above and below the 4-5 mile long gorge. Moderate.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful views nice trail but to many people for my taste. It’s like the highway to Mystic. I was glad I crossed the damn to get away from the crowds and got down to Emerald Lake where there was no one.

hiking
9 months ago

First of all, Apple maps (maybe others too) have us wrong directions. Once you turn off of the Beartooth highway you'll drive past a couple campgrounds. It directed is to follow the Hellroaring road, it's the wrong one. The road you want is the nicely graded one just past the last campground, right before you would start up the VERY unmaintained Hellroaring road! The correct road was just graded recently so the first 4 miles are super easy. After that it gets bumpy but not awful. There were a couple of spots I was happy to have 4wd but I think it was doable without. The trail has amazing views the entire way. I've hiked hundreds of miles all over the Rockies this summer and the views from the trail on this one were some of the best. Glacier lake is dammed, so don't be surprised or disappointed by that, it's stunning. We crossed the dam (feet will get wet doing this, I carry sandals for such occasions) and continued to Emerald lake. Very beautiful. Nothing disappointing about this hike, whatsoever!

hiking
10 months ago

Really well maintained and beautiful the whole way. We started at 8am, almost no one when we started, when we finished at 10:45am it was much busier at the trailhead. Great hike!

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muddy
10 months ago

Great trail, took my three kids 14, 11, and 8 and had a great time. The trail was really busy but once we got to the lake we didn’t see many people. Beautiful views and a beautiful lake.

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rocky
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Love this hike. Went to the last lake (Emerald). No one was hiking past Glacier lake. We did have to walk over snow banks and ice was in the last lake. You have to get your feet wet at glacier to get to the other lakes and there were no trails to the last lake. Definitely a worth while hike. No one was catching any trout but is was very windy.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy to follow! Small patches of snow as you get closer to the lake. Very pretty!

hiking
bugs
snow
10 months ago

Well maintained trail.

hiking
snow
10 months ago

The drive is rough but go slow and enjoy the scenery. The hike is short but so many great views. The last 1/2 was a choose your own adventure because of snow covering the trail. Went up July 3, 2019 if you don't know the trail or don't want to adventure I would wait until late July

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
11 months ago

Rain,hail,snow! Awesome adventure! Definitely cool view.

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off trail
snow
11 months ago

Lots of snow in late June above the bridge, staying on trail was pointless and in some places not possible. Lots of bear sign up high. The rock chucks at the trail head ate some wiring in my truck as well.

hiking
rocky
snow
Wed May 22 2019

I do this hike annually, and have been coming up with my dad since I was a kid so I know it inside and out. Best time to hike is mid July through early August if you want minimal snow and want to be able to fish. Brook Trout and Cutthroat is all I’ve ever caught, walk the damn and keep heading south along the hill until it opens up on your left to get to Emerald Lake, a lot better fishing down there.

hiking
Mon Oct 22 2018

My 9yr old son and I hiked this 10/20/18 and it had some snow, which made it a little slippery and wet. Still made it to the lake! Beautiful hike. Reviews say the 1st half is the steepest, I do agree..however the whole hike it basically up hill. Great views at the top!

hiking
Wed Oct 10 2018

Love this hike to death. So much so that I plan to have my ashes scattered here. I’ve been coming here since I was a little boy. Nice 5 mile out-and-back scramble. Road to get here is doable in a stock Explorer or two wheel drive Ranger. I wouldn’t do this hike before mid June without snow shoes because the snow likes to linger in this sheltered region a little longer. Trout fishing is pretty good.

hiking
Tue Sep 11 2018

Really nice hike! Lots of switchbacks and decently steep, but nothing someone who loves hiking can’t handle.

Tue Sep 11 2018

We went on Sept. 1st and the trail was great. It got quite windy at the lake but a light jacket was fine for that. The trail was short enough that the rapid elevation didn't tire me as much as I'd anticipated. I think it's closer to 5 miles out & back though. Will do this hike again next year! P.S. I was worried about the road driving out there from everything I've read, but my AWD Ford Edge had no problems reaching the trailhead.

Pretty trail and views. Very rocky, need shoes or boots if taking horses.

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