Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Glacier National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
4 hours ago

One of the best trails I have ever been on. Get to the park early and park at Logan Pass. Grab the shuttle back up. The last 4 miles are in full sun with no shade. Stop at the Granite Chalet if you need water or Gatorade, bring cash.

My husband and I did an out and back to Dawson’s Pass today. Incredible views! This trail exceeded our expectations.

hiking
13 hours ago

This makes for a great out and back or through hike to Many Glacier. It has a remote feeling that I really like. Please do not take dogs as they are not permitted on trails in Glacier. Do take "bear spray" as bears can be found anywhere in the park.

SPECTACULAR HIKE!! We started at Logan Pass, the trail follows Going to the Sun Road just 100 ft up and gives sweeping views of the valley. Smoke kind of made the views less amazing than normal but still amazing! The last few miles from the chalet are very steep but better to go down that way than up it! A must do hike when in Glacier! When we got to the the Loop we took the shuttle back to Logan Pass which took a while but was better than making our way all the way back. We had a very scary run in with 4 bighorn sheep that we accidentally spooked when coming around a blind corner so just be cautious while hiking! Great hike though!

on Cobalt Lake

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike and a decent alternative to some West side hikes that were inaccessible due to a fire. The lake was refreshing and there were mountain goats on the cliffs above the lake. Cold beer at the end is definitely called for.

hiking
1 day ago

Otokomi was a fairly strenous hike! It was our fourth day hiking so we were pretty tired and sore going into it! The hike has some burned areas leaving us pretty exposed so wear sunscreen and sunglasses! The hike is not frequently traveled so there are places where the trail is very narrow from bushes! We never had a problem finding the trail though! Lots of berries along the trail and we saw some bear droppings. The only bear we saw was near the end of the trail, down in the valley by the stream and it was walking towards the lake! Definitely bring your bear spray and be ready! The lake was very pretty and could see some trout swimming! There is not much for areas to sit down near the lake and lots of bugs! Bring your bug spray! We started at about 9am and there was only one other car in the parking lot. We passed by two groups of people going up and four groups on our way down! If you want some peace and quiet this is the trail!

I wish I could give this hike 10 stars.

The day before we did this, we were up on top of Siyeh Pass trail and met a couple that has been coming here since 1975. When asking them for hike suggestions to wrap up our last days in the park, they said that Dawson/Pitamakan was their favorite day hike in the park and that we absolutely have to do it. If there is anyone I trust in the world to give me a great hike suggestion for this park, it's this couple who has been coming here for 43 years and says that this one is their favorite.

Upon their suggestion, we did the loop counter-clockwise because they said the views progress better this way. An they were absolutely correct. This was the most unbelievable hike I've ever done. I've never felt more on top of the world in my entire life. You're just completely out in the open with stunning peaks and passes in the distance. You feel like an ant. Every half mile or so seemed to be the new greatest thing I've ever seen. And that's after doing Grinnell, Siyeh Pass, Highline, Avalanche Lake, and Hidden Lake in the days before. We ended up seeing a big horn male sheep and hiked 17.8 miles in 9 hrs and 45 mins.

If you're fast, you can catch a boat tour ride back on Two Medicine lake which will shave about 3 miles off of your trip. We were not quick enough but we got kind of a late start. The nice thing is that we snagged a Two Medicine first come first serve campground spot which is where the trail head is. So we finished the hike and went right into our tent.

If you're fit enough, this is an absolute must do and bucket-list hike for everyone. Amazing.

This hike is indeed epic as all get out. This was our first hike in the park when we went (late july). Forget all the poop you're hearing about starting at logan pass (which you can't right now anyways because of the fire closings.) Logan Pass is too "grandma-feeding-squirrels-out-of-her-car-window" anyways. We did this from The Loop to Logan Pass and it ended up being 12 miles even. Then shuttled back. The way the views progress on this route is better than the suggested opposite way.

This hike aint no joke friends. It's as tough as nails without any milk. Bring water and when in doubt, pinky out.

Disclaimer: this hike is honestly not as good as Siyeh Pass or Grinnell.
That is all. Respect nature. Goodbye.

We were in the park for 8 days and this was in our top 3 hikes we did. Absolutely special. Some reviews below me were totally correct in saying that this is better than the Highline Trail. Although highline is also incredible, it is too heavily trafficked to be better than Siyeh. We did this as a point to point and thumbed a ride back to the bend. After doing hidden lake and avalanche lake, it was nice to be on this trail with far less people (although giving the current fire conditions and closures to the west, there might be a ton of people out on this trail now).
This was a long hike and very very difficult towards the top by the pass with Mt. Siyeh behind you. Probably some off the steepest terrain I've ever hiked. The hike through the burnt down forest was eerie and awesome at the same time. But that means no shade. So bring lots of water!!
Besides Dawson/Pitamakan, this was our favorite hike in the park.

This would be a great option if you're looking for a workout and not much more. The initial climb is pretty grueling with no real scenery. There are some huckleberry patches beyond that which might attract some bears, although we didn't see any. The lake at the end of the trail makes for a nice spot to break for lunch before turning back.

great hike, we took shuttle to Logan pass and ended at the Loop and went with shuttle to Apgar, it took us around 5 hours

Stunning. Feels like five hikes in one. Scenery changes and each scene is as magnificent as the last.

hiking
2 days ago

My group thought this hike was great. On the drive to trailhead, we saw a momma black bear and two young cubs foraging in a field along the way. Perfect way to start the day!

Gang of Coloradans here, so elevation didn’t impact us. Started at 10am thinking we would run into hoards of people, but saw probably 8 groups total, maybe 20 people throughout the entire hike (not including 2 horse trail groups). First bit is wooded and covered, people are right about the horse waste; not the best but also not the worst (like, get over it, share the trail). We were excited to see some different scat at about mile 2, looked like black bear had a great lunch. Steady incline, but manageable. Some steep areas, we brought hiking poles for the day hike but found they weren’t necessary. Saw a snake along the switchbacks, small and harmless. Pretty stream in the middle of the hike, another group mentioned seeing a moose in that area. Up and up included some open areas where coverage was sparse. When you’re about a mile from lake, coverage is gone — bring a hat! Sun was brutal. As it opened up, it was really beautiful and still ascending gradually. Lake itself is surreal, so turquoise and opaque. There’s a healthy shoreline along lake, for many groups to chill and enjoy.

We’ve been a lot of places and done many hikes, and this was one of our top purely for the lake experience. Don’t listen to the party poopers saying majority of it’s boring #takeahike — Bring bear spray and enjoy! Happy trails!

it's a beautiful hike! it's pretty much a long gradual climb all the way there. there are lots of huckleberries and wild raspberries to snack on, but the bears like them too! we walked up on a huge grizzly snacking on them in one of the bigger berry patches 8/13/18

My husband and I did this as part of a 3 day 2 night backpacking trip. We started the trail from two medicine and hiked counterclockwise (100% recommend starting this way). Starts out with a gradual incline and is very dense forest. Be aware of bears & make a lot of noise. About 3 miles In we turned a counter and saw a grizzly with 2 cubs. We backed off and waited a half mile down the trail for a few more groups of hikers then proceeded through the area making a lot of noise and they were gone. A couple other groups said they saw some bears on that side of the trail too. Once out of the tree line the incline increases until you reach the top. It was windy but the views are beautiful! Not a lot of people up there. We hiked down to no name lake where we camped for the night. There was a moose that was walking around the creek by our campsite. It’s a very beautiful lake about 0.2 miles off the trail to take a break or even a swim. Our last day we finished the last ~5 miles back to the campground. There are a lot of streams and beautiful scenery the entire loop. A lot of hikers do the loop in one day. We enjoyed breaking it up but carrying our packs was strenuous. Definitely recommend doing this trail, but definitely be in a group to avoid any run ins with bears.

hiking
3 days ago

We were here visiting from the east entrance right after half the park was closed due to fire on the west side (still a thing...”indefinitely” from a forest ranger) so our trail choices were limited to half the park. BUT this is a fantastic trail. We lucked out that we were “protected” in a valley from the wildfire and actually had pretty non-hazy views.
So there’s a lot of different approaches to this one. You could be a rockstar and do an out and back: that will be about 25 miles.
Also you could do a point-to-point from either trailhead and walk the GTTSR back to your car and add about 2 more miles of an easy, paved walk (we only had to wait about 10min for a shuttle in the afternoon, though)
You could start at Sunrise Gorge and hike to Siyeh Pass trailhead (both off GTTSR) and then shuttle back to your car.
On the advice of others we did Siyeh Pass to Sunrise Gorge and shuttled back to SP.
I’m not sure which I feel is the best... SP to SG was a shorter but more elevated ascent toward the summit (about mile 4-5) and much more forest covered so softer trails.
SG to SP was much more rocky trails, less covered due to past fire clearing and then a slower ascent to the summit.
The downhill we took on the SG side was much harder on the knees due to it being longer (softer ascent) and more rocky. So we would have probably preferred to descend on the SP side if we did it again, BUT we appreciated the steeper but shorter elevation gain on the SP side vs the SG side (get it over with, right?!) ... so all in all I’m going to say what’s better is whatever you prefer. MOST were doing SP to SG but we did meet one wiley older ex park ranger that was going SG to SP (he recommended) and couldn’t figure out why until we got toward the end.

One thing to note whichever way you choose...it’s a beautiful trail. Haven’t done highline yet but this one shouldn’t be missed. Lots of different “environments” to walk through: dense forest, open meadows, rocky summit... And lots of things to see: glacier, waterfall and even the backside of the summit was an amazing view. Also our hike was clocked in at 12.3 miles NOT 10.5 according to the signs. (Took us about 6 hrs with minimal stopping)
If you’re in glacier anytime in August to the end of the season and can’t access the west side, this is an excellent day hike. Shouldn’t be missed for anyone but especially now with the wildfires.

backpacking
4 days ago

Climbed, went awwwwww! Hard day.
Started the hike from the Logan pass parking lot. Needed to arrive by 7:15 AM in order to secure parking. Headed out immediately onto the trail. Very busy so want to start as early as possible. The hike is just totally awesome all the way through to the chalet. Once leaving the chalet it is a 4 mile fully sun exposed hike to the shuttle stop. You will want to double your water if you going to do this hike in the summer.

A great hike! If I re-did it id come back in September to hike again. In the summer this trail can get hot if you aren't used to high temps. Coming from the SW I am used to it. This trail gives you a bit of everything and is a much less crowded trail if that is what you are looking for. I recommend doing the loop counterclockwise so after all the elevation changes you can stop in at no name lake and take a dip. Bring bug and bear spray!

backpacking
4 days ago

Hiked hard . Swim in the lake baby. Started this hike behind Many Glacier Hotel. Lots of solitude. Not one of the more popular hikes. But let me tell you it is tough. You will have solitude. And you will be so glad that you chose this hike. Most folks choose Grinnell Glacier and miss this one.

hiking
4 days ago

On Sunday My husband dropped me off at Logan Pass. I was on the trail at 8 am. Spectacular views.the whole Highline Trail to the chalet. Went up Glacier Overlook. I took many breaks coming up. None coming down. Very windy at the overlook. I saw 1 goat and three deer. Got to chalet at 1 pm. I purchased a Gatorade at the chalet and used the pit toilet. A woman 15 minutes ahead of me on the Loop Trail saw a bear. The people ahead of me periodically whooped and yelled “here bear”. I did not see a bear.
I got to the Going to the Sun Road at 2:50 pm, just as a shuttle bus went by. The shuttle buses were only taking 2 people at a time and there were over 10 people in line, in full sun. The line moved more due to people hitch hiking than due to shuttle buses. After waiting an hour, an off duty ranger asked the group a few questions. Then suggested that one person per group get on the shuttle. Then drive their car from Logan Pass to the Loop and pick up the rest of their group. The next shuttle to arrive took 12 people. . .

hiking
5 days ago

Quite the breathtaking experience. An underrated trail in Glacier in my opinion. No grizzly sightings, but saw a few mountain goats and plethora of ground squirrels.

Great hike! It's got the views of Going to the Sun road but you are outside and right along a mountain, immersed in nature. Spectacular views the whole way. I was surprised to see this was rated difficult! It wasn't too steep until you are going down which is a bit rough on the knees. Overall a good choice in hikes while you are in Glacier.

hiking
6 days ago

Not a bad hike at all! Beautiful valleys teeming with wildflowers and cool bridges along the way. The lake itself is a great view but certainly isn't the prettiest lake I've seen. Lots of dead trees due to the fire. The hike felt pretty long to me so make sure to pack enough water and just give your day to the trail and enjoy being outside.

Couldn't get to Bowman or Kintla since the parking lots were full, so we settled on Logging Lake. We only hiked for a total of 5 miles before we needed to go get ready for our elopement in the evening, but the 5 miles we did had nice views for what we did see.
This hike was super buggy though.
We didn't see anyone else on the trail the entire time either.

Absolutely hands down my favourite hike. It’s going to be hard to beat. The hike up to Grinnell is crazy intense but the view

pretty cool not many people on it. the views don't get good till the ranger station so it also gets hot

hiking
8 days ago

Parking available at Logan Pass. Highline Trail shares a parking lot with Hidden Lake Trailhead, so lot generally fills prior to 08:00.

Climbing up the Garden Wall was previously a bucket list item of mine. Almost a year ago, researching the Highline Trail prompted my father and I to spawn a trip to Montana. Twelve months and thousands of miles later, we clipped our packs and proceeded past the Highline Trailhead. The trail begins somewhat intimidatingly, carved into a mountainside with sheer cliffs to your left, metal handrail to your right. This marks the most unsettling portion of the trail. Gradually separating from Going to the Sun Road, the hike gradually increases in both serenity and enjoyability.

Arguably Glacier's most recognizable image- Reynolds Mountain behind Oberlin Bend- presents itself around 2.5 miles into the hike. The Highline Trail encounters dramatic scenery shortly thereafter. Haystack Butte sits behind a 180-degree view of Glacier National Park, a welcome backrest to the breathtaking vistas of Mount Cannon, Mount Gould, Reynolds Mountain, and Mount Oberlin bathed in sunlight. This vista could surely knock you off your feet. Presently, views of McDonald Creek Valley with sporadic forest occupy the mind until the Garden Wall junction.

Devoid of switchbacks, deceivingly steep, and rocky, the Garden Wall spur demands respect. This 0.6-mile cut shoots up over 800 feet in elevation over the western drainage basin. In return, however, this magnificent venture yields perhaps the greatest views in Montana. Indeed, even before the glacial overlook, the western views of Heavens Peak and waterfalls are- for lack of better term- unforgettable. Yet the climax of the Garden Wall is undoubtedly Glacial Overlook. A steep trail suddenly turns flat, dotted with four trees, and you emerge on a saddle between Peak 7980 and Peak 8479.

The view's reveal is unrivaled by anything I've ever done. Ralston Peak in Tahoe, Eagle Peak in Yosemite, Frigid Air Pass in Colorado; these falter in comparison to the dramatic uncovering of Upper Grinnell Lake. Three steps mark the difference between rock obstruction and complete vista. It's impossible to take in everything at once: indeed, the insurmountable slopes of Mount Gould giving way to Grinnell Glacier is stunning enough. Throw in the crystalline waters of Upper Grinnell Lake, the distant Lake Josephine, Allen Mountain, and you're overwhelmed by beauty.

Upon emerging at the Glacial Overlook, I thought the view couldn't possibly get better. Then, heeding the advice of fellow hikers, I trekked an additional 200 feet towards point 7980. The vista expanded. Almost the entirety of Grinnell Drainage Basin was visible, ranging from Salamander Glacier to Lake Sherburne. This additional trip, even after 800 feet of grueling ascent, marked the complete climax of this hike.

Everything thereafter is simply dispensable gravy. Admittedly, the descent down to The Loop is decent at best; surely my expectations were inflated by Heaven spilling onto the Garden Wall. Granite Chalet is little more than a historic tourist trap, the Granite Park Trail weaves through the remnants of a devastated forest, and the 3,500 feet of descent don't lift spirits. However, if we were to walk through a mosquito-infested hellhole laced with the occasional muddy leech, this hike still would've commanded five stars. The experience of the Garden Wall is simply that powerful.

My father and I begun hiking at 06:45, passed two groups of hikers, and escaped a swiftly-moving third. We had the Highline Trail to ourselves thereafter. I would recommend hiking by 06:15 if you desire serenity; even if you don't mind crowds, an early start is integral to sunrise views. Our two-man crew was the second group up the Garden Wall (summit 09:15). After a 25-minute experience of ripping winds and scintillating vistas, we passed some 25-35 people on the descent.

If you have a single day to spend in Glacier, this is your trail. Don't overthink it. This is perhaps Montana's most remarkable view, on Montana's most acclaimed trail, in Montana's renowned national park. Above all, it was worth waiting an entire year for.

hiking
8 days ago

Parking available off of Going to the Sun Road. My father and I arrived at 7:30 AM, parked just off the official trailhead. Glacier National Park requires a vehicle pass for parking, available at ranger kiosk just west of St. Mary Village.

For the first of our four hikes in Glacier NP, we settled on Siyeh Pass. Based on the route and submitted photos, Siyeh Pass seemingly encapsulated our ideal hike: crystalline lakes, alpine passes, forest, and plentiful water. The trail starts out by following Siyeh Creek before cutting into subalpine forest. Dotted with occasional tributaries, waterfall glimpses, and captivating forest, the first two miles are a lovely, gradual climb towards the alpine zone. The trail opens up into a momentary meadow 2.4 miles in, little more than a teaser of what's to come.

Moving off the Piegan Pass trail- this is done at the junction 2.5 miles in- the Siyeh Trail incrementally becomes more scenic. It catches you somewhat off guard; relatively dense forest suddenly gives way to meadow, which morphs into a breathtaking flower-laden valley. After taking a photo consisting of pink foreground flowers contrasted with a mountainous background, I turned to my father and exclaimed, "this is ridiculous!" And indeed it was. Continuing forward, tallus switchbacks yield tantalizing views of Siyeh Mountain, Cracker Peak, and deep blue unnamed lakes. The path culminates 4.5 miles and 2,300 feet from the trailhead.

Siyeh Pass is simply remarkable. After curving around a rocky bend- the trail is almost literally carved into the mountainside- a vista suddenly expands to encompass Boulder Creek Valley, Mahtapi Peak, Sexton Glacier, and (on a clear day) Saint Mary Lake. A sizeable pass cairn marks your successful arrival. My father and I spent thirty minutes at the summit capturing photos, snacking, and fending off alpine chipmunks. Cloud buildup chased us from the pass and sent us descending the way we came.

If time and energy permits, I heavily recommend going off-trail towards an overlook of Craker's alpine tarns. The lakes, unnamed on both AllTrails and USGS Topo, are still waters that reflect the surrounding landscape with a blue hue. I captured the lake reflecting Siyeh Peak's glacier on an overcast day; this turned out wonderfully. I'm certain that an ascent up Cracker would compound these breathtaking views.

We clocked a pure out-and-back at 9.4 miles, 2,270 feet of elevation. This includes a quick off-trail venture. Overall, Siyeh Pass is a rewarding half-day hike that crosses three environmental zones. In many ways, Siyeh Pass is the quintessential introduction to Glacier National Park: subalpine forest, tranquil meadows with lush greenery, and a rocky final ascent which gives way to astonishingly saturated lakes. If you're spending a few days in Glacier, Siyeh Pass must be on your hiking list. Try to knock it out on day one!

Additionally, this hike is significantly less congested than Logan Pass or Many Glacier trailheads. We summited the pass at 09:45 and were, to our knowledge, the first ones up. Saw around three groups on the ascent (none past Piegan junction), twenty on the descent. A hidden gem of a hike.

hiking
8 days ago

Absolutely stunning hike. Starts in trees and take you through the bowl and over the Siyeh pass to see Sexton Glacier.

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing hike, especially early in the morning. I hit the trailhead at 6:15 and was the first on the trail. Saw tons of sheep and some goats later on. Breathtaking views.

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