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
muddy
off trail
over grown
scramble
snow
20 hours ago

Just did firebrand pass as an out and back. 10.2 miles. Great hike. Incredible wildflowers, outstanding views, and tranquil forest. A bit muddy and overgrown in places, but MCC was out doing some trail maintenance. Only two snow crossings. Very strong winds at the top!

This trail might take the cake on most favorite hikes! it's actually about 1100 ft elevation gain coming from logan pass to granite park chalet. really great hike! in total I measured it to be 13.8 miles. once you head down the loop tall it's pretty much all downhill from there, towards the end of the hole the trail will split, go to the left, it's uphill but it's not terrible. I do not suggest going up the loop tall and then crossing the highline, yor legs will hate you this way. make sure you carry plenty of water and snacks, if it's a hot day there's not much for shade. and don't forget your bar spray!!! make sure it's handy and you know how it works, don't rely on someone else to use it for you. we ran into a grizzly and had to back track to find a place to get up and out of his way as he was being followed by some park rangers. Happy hiking, this tall is amazing!

hiking
1 day ago

Best view in the park and the hardest .6 miles I’ve done for the last part but soo worth it.

Exceptional views every step of the way. You MUST take the additional .6 miles up the Garden Wall. No matter how tired you are. The entire trail is moderate at the worst but this section is very steep and difficult but so worth it. The views from the top were the best in the park we saw. Goats and deer were practically on the trail during the hike. When we took a bathroom break the the chalet, the trail up from the loop was briefly closed by rangers because of bear activity but all we ever saw was bear poop. Get to the trailhead early. We got the VERY LAST spot at Logan pass at 8:20am.

One of the best for scenic beauty, animals, wild flowers, & mountain grandeur! I can not stress enough the steep decline, the last four miles of the hike. From Granite Chalet down the trail to the shuttle at the loop, is very steep and you MUST have the right hiking boots!

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

Giving this 3 stars because all of the prior comments were true. The trail is very stinky and buggy the first 2 miles - wear bug spray! Myself and 2 friends hiked about 4 miles in and had to turn around. Hikers hiking out warned us they saw grizzlies from a distance, so I wasn’t too nervous since we had bear spray. However, we met another couple that encounter a grizzly directly on the trail. We waited until 3 other hikers came close to our group and then proceeded since we combined into a group of 6 — there is safety in numbers. But then, our group of 6 met a grizzly about 20 meters off the trail. As we saw the bear, 3 more hikers came running yelling at the bear. They’d just been “bluff charged” several times by a mother grizzly and her cub, meaning, the bears would run at them and show their teeth, and then stop. This group was visibly shaken up and we decided to all turn back as a large group of 9 people. After talking to rangers, it sounds like it’s very common to encounter grizzlies on this trail every day. In large groups of 6+ I think you’d be safe, but if you aren’t in a large group and/or don’t have bear spray I would NOT do this hike. I’m praying I can go back tomorrow or another day to “hitchhike” my way into hiking with a large group of people, because this is the trail I’ve wanted to do most on my trip. In conclusion, I’m sure this trial is a 5 star trail if you’re in a big group and don’t encounter grizzlies. We didn’t even make it to the lake, so I was very disappointed to have spent half of a day of my trip hiking through the woods to not see the lake.

hiking
1 day ago

Giving this 3 stars because all of the prior comments were true. The trail is very stinky and buggy the first 2 miles - wear bug spray! Myself and 2 friends hiked about 4 miles in and had to turn around. Hikers hiking out warned us they saw grizzlies from a distance, so I wasn’t too nervous since we had bear spray. However, we met another couple that encounter a grizzly directly on the trail. We waited until 3 other hikers came close to our group and then proceeded since we combined into a group of 6 — there is safety in numbers. But then, our group of 6 met a grizzly about 20 meters off the trail. As we saw the bear, 3 more hikers came running yelling at the bear. They’d just been “bluff charged” several times by a mother grizzly and her cub, meaning, the bears would run at them and show their teeth, and then stop. This group was visibly shaken up and we decided to all turn back as a large group of 9 people. After talking to rangers, it sounds like it’s very common to encounter grizzlies on this trail every day. In large groups of 6+ I think you’d be safe, but if you aren’t in a large group and/or don’t have bear spray I would NOT do this hike. I’m praying I can go back tomorrow or another day to “hitchhike” my way into hiking with a large group of people, because this is the trail I’ve wanted to do most on my trip. In conclusion, I’m sure this trial is a 5 star trail if you’re in a big group and don’t encounter grizzlies. We didn’t even make it to the lake, so I was very disappointed to have spent half of a day of my trip hiking through the woods to not see the lake.

Best views of Glacier from above the Road to the Sun. Inclines were mainly gradual. Worst part was the last four miles going downhill after the Chalet, and that was because my feet were tired and the views weren’t as expansive.

hiking
2 days ago

I did a portion of this trail on Sunday, July 14, 2019, from the Cutbank trailhead to Triple Divide Pass and back, 7.3 miles each way for a total of about 14.6 miles. The first 4 miles or so is level and fairly easy. The next mile starts the gradual incline, and then at mile 5 or so the steeper incline began. It was not as steep as it looked on the app and did not seem to get steeper as it went on, but it was easier than it would have been otherwise since the temperature was cool and there were intermittent clouds but no rain. There was not much wind and there was no snow or slippery spots, but if there had been it would have been better to hike a lower elevation trail. When we reached the pass we saw marmots and pikas, and as we were leaving we saw around ten mountain goats walking together on the trail about three miles down the trail on the other side of the pass. The hike back down went quickly and we saw no bear or moose, but another hiker said he encountered a black bear toward the Cutbank trailhead, about 1/2 mile from the trailhead. He whistled it off and it ran away, but he and his hiking partner decided to end their hike.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
2 days ago

An excellent trail that really makes you feel like you're out there! Not too many views but an awesome couple of remote lakes! Much of the trek is through dence brush so 2 things I highly recommend to make this trip much more enjoyable, rain pants & tall boots as much of it is very muddy as well. Did see a grizzly using the trail ahead of me so caution is necessary n the dence areas. Seen only three other groups on my 4 days out here & had logging lake all to myself on a Saturday! Great 1st backpack in the park

hiking
bugs
muddy
3 days ago

This lake is even more beautiful than you think it is, and seems to be a hidden gem within the park and the perfect length for a day hike in the summer. As others have mentioned it is quite unfortunate that about two miles of the trail is muddy and slippery and covered in horse crap, but hey, nice things come at a cost. The silver lining here is that this trail is much, much less crowded than others such as iceberg lake. Would recommend wearing shoes with ankle support. Also worth nothing the mosquitos are bothersome so bring bug spray for that stretch through the forest (even coming from big-ridden Australia, these mosquitoes are fat!). Not sure if that’s always the case, I hear it’s been particularly humid lately. Once you’re in the open part of the trail, everything is stunning. I definitely think it’s worth it to get there. I would recommend this trail to anyone and the lake will go down as one of my favourite places I’ve seen in the USA. We saw a bear and cub on the side of Allen Mountain (safe distance) but then had a pretty close encounter with a Grizzly by the lake and it got on the trail between us at the trailhead so ensure you come prepared (we went on Wednesday 10 Jul).

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Great trail. A lot of wildlife throughout the entire trail. My wife and I turned at the Grinnel Glacier Overlook... which is a challenge! .8 miles of STEEP incline. I recommend this trail we saw, mountain goats, marmots, bears. When we reached the Chalet from Logan’s pass the trail was closed due to bear activity so make sure to carry bear spray!

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 days ago

Great trail overall, but definitely an exhausting one. Me and a friend tracked this to be longer and more elevation by a good bit than stated on Alltrails so make sure to stock up on water and food. Also bug spray is a must. Despite this the views are worth every bit of the challenge as they are truly spectacular. Lots of wildlife on the trail too. We saw a few marmots and 6 long horned goats went straight by us.

A simply awesome hike. Took the shuttle to Logan Pass, then hiked Highline to the glacier overlook. Well worth the extra .6 mile steep climb for views of Grennel Glacier and the lakes. Hiked back down to The Loop and grabbed the shuttle there. Barely caught the last shuttle - it’s easy to spend a whole day out on the trails at Glacier. Got a late start - if I were to do it again I’d get to the park by 7:00 and take the express shuttle from Apgar Visitor Center to Logan Pass and start then.

One of my all time favorite hikes. Hiked from Logans Pass to Granite Park Chalet on 7/11/19 and Swiftcurrent 7/12/19. Trail was in great condition. The wind was a little gusty on some of the more exposed sections requiring more focus and less photos. According the hikers there was a grizzly less tha 50 feet from us but we never noticed it. We were quite sobered when they showed us the photo. Just about the perfect hike until the last couple of miles where it got pretty crowded. Absolutely great hike with amazing views. I highly recommend it.

hiking
no shade
3 days ago

VERY windy. Saw no animals on the way up to the top. Saw lots of goat and sheep scat. This hike is pretty relentless but has amazing views the whole time. The point at the top is incredibly windy. Some exposure and loose rock. Once you get up to the "false summit" the trail evens out and then at the very end climbs about 100'. Gorgeous though.

Fantastic trail. Took us about 6.5 hours. Parked at “the loop” took the shuttle to Logan pass where we started. First 2 miles were very busy lots of people coming and going. But once you get to the 3rd mile. You’re away from the crowds. Fantastic views, lots of wildlife. If you’re thinking about doing it! Do it! I personally didn’t think the heights were scary. The trail is way wider than I expected. My 12 year old brother had no problems on it. Bring lots of water & snacks. Also, have your camera ready. It’s gorgeous

Did clockwise loop after research. Would recommend that way for sure High winds and great views!

hiking
rocky
6 days ago

Expect wind in the 40s, great sights and sheep near the top and on the trail

amazing experience!! we parked in Piegan Pass area, since Logan was a mess, and took shuttle to trailhead. The wall was truly nothing scary and I am terrified of falling ( see later on ). amazing views. super nice hikers. saw mountain goats, marmots, so many chipmunks, squirrels. other hikers saw a grizzly but we did not. we then reached the glacier overlook and did it. MAN, that 0.6 miles ( plus more to get to the actual top top) is a KILLER. this is where my fear of falling kicked in- coming downhill. also very hard on the knees. got to the chalet and hung out for a few moments. loop trail down was actually amazing steep on descent and further killed my poor knees. we thought the shuttle went to 7pm, but as it turned out, 6:28pm was the last pickup from Loop. so we found great people to hitchhike. next time we come to glacier, we will probably try reserving a night at the chalet and doing back and forth routes. chalet looks like a super cool experience.

Absolutely worth the effort! Incredible mountain views the whole way. Recommend to park at the Loop, take the shuttle to Logan Pass, start the hike there & hike back to your parked car at Logan Pass. Steep decent from the Chalet back to the Loop. Going from Logan’s Pass to the Chalet was fairly easy, with only a couple areas of incline. If you’re thinking about doing it, do it!

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