View trail guide video for this hike in 4k on YouTube, search 'grinnell glacier shotbyhunter'. Alltrails cover picture for this trail is taken from the video. Recommend starting from Many Glacier hotel as shown in video.

Best hike of my entire life. Glacier is incredible and this hike showed me everything it has to offer! This is a must do! Go the whole way back to the glacier. Watch out for bears and moose of course :)

We checked in for our backpacking permit and we had the afternoon to do a short hike. The ranger recommended this and I’m happy she did. Within the trail we saw a brown bear, moose, deer, and plenty of squirrels running along the trail. If you have an hour or two around Many Glacier this is a must.

Did this 2 summers ago. Probably my favorite hike ever. Must do!!

Absolutely perfect hike. Starts off hiking past multiple lakes that remind you of Switzerland followed by some hiking through the forest. Then you hike by the side of a very large lake with incredible mountains all around. The entire time, you can see where the end point is, as there’s a waterfall coming out from the glacier. As you continue to go up, you can start to see a smaller turquoise lake with the most perfect scenery all around. The end gets slightly narrower but a couple of friends and I (23-24 years old and in shape) decided to jog the last mile or two up and felt safe (I’m very scared of heights and was okay but my dad who did it a year later thought it was too narrow for him.) But the end is what’s worth it. You show up right next to a massive glacier. My friends and I actually swam out a few feet to stand on the floating ice and while my entire body went numb, we thought it was well worth it. One of my favorite hikes I’ve ever done.

2 months ago

it was a pretty good hike. bit of a scramble in the first 5 km up to the peak especially the last 500m. the last 9 km are nice down hill.

This trail is incredibly stunning and is perhaps the best trail I've done, even though it is usually packed with people. My group was very lucky with wildlife and saw a bull moose(which was shockingly located at the tree line), bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. The Grinnell Glacier is inaccessible from the trail and the hard rating is accurate.

I hiked this trail back in spring of 2016. Hands down the most visually stunning place I have ever seen. A great trail too.

Stunning views. Plan to spend at least an hour enjoying the glacier.

Trail is pretty narrow and you are in prime bear country so keep your eyes and ears open so you don’t surprise one. Not difficult. I suggest taking the side trail to look at Fishercap Lake. You’re also in moose area and saw one feeding off the lake once we got to Redrock lake. (Sept 2019)

This was definitely a challenging hike. The views are amazing, making a great payoff for the hard work getting up the trail. Block out some time to linger at the top and explore the rock formations. It was crowded when we were there, so plan to get there early!

My favorite hike I've done so far. it gets a little tough as you're getting closer to the glacier. Did this hike solo but there was plenty of traffic on the trail so I felt relatively safe. There was a black bear that made its way onto the trail at one point about 50 feet away from where I was at. Backed up into the forest and the bear went on its way. Absolutely beautiful though. Totally worthwhile.

Beautiful trail! Started early in the morning (6:30) in August and parking was already packed. A lot of splendid views and scenes, and saw a moose, goats, and other animals.

This was an awesome trail! Much change in terrain and beautiful sights as you start the steeper hike up the side of the mountain. The glacier lake at the top was breath taking! (July)

We only went to Gunsight Lake and back, on a backpacking permit for one night. This is definitely doable as a day hike, and was very pretty. Walking along the meadow with the peaks on the other side was gorgeous. The hike itself was surrounded by tall lush greenery—we were constantly making noise to detract bears since we couldn’t see anything through the vegetation. The trail is a lot quieter and peaceful with less people. We did hike a little past the lake, as a short hike after setting up camp, but it was getting dark so we didn’t make it far. The views were gorgeous and more unique than the rest of the trails I did at Glacier. I would love to go back and do the whole pass hike. Also, we went in mid July and I’ve never seen so many wildflowers in my life!

We veered towards the lake by accident when trying to hike to Grinnell Glacier (I thought the lake was the overlook you normally see), and I’m so glad we did. The lake was quiet in the morning, with very few people there (with everyone going up to the glacier). It was an easy peaceful walk that would be great for folks of all ages and experience. In the sunlight, the water was super blue and calm. We also saw a moose on the trail. Someone else pointed it out to us, or we might’ve missed it because she was in the brush and eating, almost completely buried in greenery. When you return from the hike, keep your eyes peeled near the bridge. There’s a sign to a very special view, only 0.1 or 0.2 mi out of the way. If you’re already planning on going to the glacier, I recommend wandering down here first, or afterwards. It’s cool to see the lake from the bottom AND the top. Hiked July 15, 2019.

The foot bridge near the end of the lake trail has been removed for the season so you can’t get all the way to the lake

One of the best hikes we’ve ever done! And we’ve done some of the best hikes in the world. The views are incredible for the entire hike and you’re likely to see wildlife. We ran into some mountain goats on the trail but didn’t see any bears. The glacial lake at the top is super cool and was much more chilly than the rest of the trail so bring a light jacket.

This trail definitely had some steep difficulty in parts. Would be good to start earlier in day.

Absolutely loved this hike! My favorite so far. Stunning views from start to finish. We ran into 4 goats a few miles into the hike.

bridge out
8 months ago

We hiked this beautiful trail on 9/25. Two scenic lakes are by the trail. Once we got about a mile from Grinnell lake a nice couple let us know the bridge was out at the lake. We saw mountain goats & big horn sheep from a distance. No up close sightings.

Amazing hike with stunning views! Took a little under 6 hours round trip.

awesome awesome trail... started about 730am in the rain and it continued all the way to the top...which then turned to hail..trails were streams..the views were magnificent and stunning....goats and grouse and eagles....and thanks to Rich for keeping me company on the way up

beautiful, even at 43° and raining/hailing. unfortunately, didn't see any wildlife.

Lovely hike on 9/20, and we were able to see the Grinnell Glacier from more than one vantage point. Observed a few mountain goats from afar.

Very windy, rainy day and clouds near the glacier. But worth the Great hike. Not much elevation change so not challenging, but gorgeous views. A few pit toilets along the way was handy. Had a nice size black bear in trail about 50 foot ahead of us. Stood up to smell, and typical for a black bear, it ran off into the brush. Fun to see the wildlife.

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