Explore the most popular Hiking 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
3 hours ago

Lots of people on an August Monday. I got sunburned, my fault. Moderate is a fair rating IMO. Cool mountain goats on the trail, and the views are astounding.

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 hours ago

Solid trail with excellent views along the way! Moderately difficult to hike, but it’s definitely worth it. Not much shade in the second half and fairly rocky. Saw a moose and a deer, but no bears. Took about 4.5 hours total round trip to complete.

hiking
8 hours ago

What a beautiful and varied trail. We completed it as a three night trip, which made it fairly relaxed in terms of mileage. We parked our car at Lake McDonald Lodge and took the shuttles to Jackson Glacier Overlook to the eastern trailhead. This required two shuttle transfers and took 1.5 hours so make sure to budget this time into your planning if you are choosing to do the trail this way. The first day we hiked 6.2 miles from Going to the Sun Road to our campsite at Gunsight Lake. In general be prepared for late afternoon - early evening showers along the whole trail. We got a late start from Jackson Glacier Overlook (around 3:30) and although we made it to Gunsight Lake with daylight to spare, we got poured quite a bit. The next day we climbed up from Gunsight Lake to up and over Gunsight Pass to Lake Ellen Wilson (5 miles total). We had fabulous weather for this whole hike and perfect visibility of the entire valley. We had seen a trail posting that indicated there might be lingering snowfields along the route but by August 15 the trail was clear. There's a nice hut at the top of the pass where we stopped and ate some lunch. From Gunsight Pass we descended down to our campsite at Lake Ellen Wilson and again were treated to perfect weather and fantastic views. In the area between Gunsight Pass and Logan Pass we saw numerous bear droppings, many of them quite fresh by the looks of them. Ultimately we passed three groups of people who had seen bears in this area, but had noneventful encounters (ex: a bear looked at a hiker, and then went back to foraging). We were making plenty of noise on the trail and didn't see a bear. But something to be mindful of in this area. Once past Gunsight Pass we also started to see mountain goats. We were warned beforehand by park rangers that there were "problem/nuisance" goats in this area, and were advised to yell at the goats and even throw rocks if the goats became too aggressive. The rangers didn't lie -- these goats were aggressive! They are interested in anything you have or produce that contains salt, including your clothes and especially your urine. If you choose to pee in sight of a goat be prepared for it to essentially charge you or the area where you peed to consume your pee for its salt. After Lake Ellen Wilson we hiked to Sperry Campground (~3 miles). At Logan Pass we climbed up to the left of the path up to the top of Logan Peak. I highly recommend taking the time to do this, as you are treated to panoramic views of Lake Ellen Wilson, Lincoln Lake, and the surrounding area. If you have heavy packs, take off your packs and have someone in your group always stay down at the bottom with your packs (but that person may need to be prepared to fend off some pesky goats). There are gorgeous views from Sperry Campground but beware that it is at a fairly high elevation (maybe 6900 feet) and it was quite cold at night (dropped down to the low 30s). Make sure to pack your clothing accordingly. In addition, even though the Sperry Chalet is closed due to construction, there is a dining hall open where you can stop for coffee or lemonade or hot chocolate, and they will even serve you dinner and breakfast if you chip in. Even if you forget your cash, they will still serve you and just request that you make a donation later online. This is a great option if you happen to get stuck in some cold rain up by Sperry and want a place to warm up. Plus the people who run the place are incredibly nice and have been running the establishment for multiple generations. The hike down from Sperry is all downhill, and you lose over 3,000 feet over the course of 6.5 miles. Be prepared to be a bit sore in the joints after this descent. All in all a breathtakingly gorgeous trip.

hiking
9 hours ago

Nice walk, we did continue for an extra half a mile towards the lake. The views were great, it was a bit busy though. We saw a couple of mountain goats (including baby goats) crossing the trail in front of us. Kids loved it.

hiking
9 hours ago

One of my favorite hikes in the park. The start of the trail was fairly flat and a good warm up before you started the incline. The views were incredible. I loved the lakes and waterfalls. We went all the way to the glacier, it was cold up there but totally worth it. We saw a couple bears near the beginning of the trail and evidence of them along the trail. We also saw big horned sheep and mountain goats at the top.

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over grown
10 hours ago

Overgrown vegetation on the trail at the end but the falls are definitely worth it!

This trail should be rated as difficult, and I believe it is a little longer than the description. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t very cooperative while we were on the trail, and we were dumb and not dressed for rain. I was a bit bummed as the clouds distorted the views, but I could tell they would have been great. I think next time I will opt for the Grinnel Lake Trail.

The lake was beautiful but man, this is one popular hike for all ages. Personally, I like going for quiet hikes with minimal people but that was not the case for this hike. I got started late when I started this hike and had a hard time finding a parking spot. So, make sure you get there early for a parking spot and to escape the crowds!

I was expertly highline to be extremely difficult so I’ve been hitting multiple steep hikes to prepare. Honestly, it wasn’t half bad! I highly recommend this trail to anyone coming to the park. You get to see it from a totally different perspective and get lost in the beauty of the park. Make sure you get up early to beat the crowds and get a parking spot!

hiking
no shade
rocky
16 hours ago

A pretty easy trail with unbelievably beautiful views throughout. It will take you about 2 hours. Absolutely do it. We didn’t see any wildlife, but the lake had three waterfalls and was a mirror lake and was just gorgeous.

hiking
17 hours ago

We hit this trailhead by 7:30am Saturday morning (Aug 17), plenty of time to beat the rush. We fully expected to see some bears due to the other reviews we read, but the only large wildlife we saw was a moose lying down at the tree line about halfway through, and four mountain sheep on the cliffs overlooking the lake. It took us just under 5 hours to complete the out-and-back hike, including a 45 minute rest on the lakeshore. The only strenuous part of the hike would be the first half mile of the hike. Otherwise, most elevation gain was pretty gradual. The varying scenery was absolutely beautiful, and we didn’t hit any crowds until about halfway on our way back. An absolutely stunning lake, worth the trek!

hiking
17 hours ago

Unreal hike. We saw SEVEN mountain goats. The view was insanely gorgeous.

You cannot miss this hike. It is my favorite in the park. You have scenic views THE ENTIRE TIME! I am afraid of heights, like panic attack level afraid, and I was able to do this with only mild anxiety at certain moments. You will never as long as you live have the opportunity to do a hike like this again, unless you’re lucky enough to be a local. We saw a big horn sheep and heard of a bear sighting but didn’t see it ourselves. We did the whole hike, from Logan’s pass all the way to the loop parking lot to catch the shuttle to lake McDonald. Beware the last two miles of you have knee problems. Other than that, we absolutely loved this hike and would strongly encourage you to make time to do it!!

8-17-19 Great day of hiking!! Will definitely do this one again. We saw 28 other hikers, but since we began at 6:30 am we did not encounter until the way down. Elizabeth was not at the lookout, but the hummingbirds were, and kept us entertained while we ate. The views are awesome up there, and the hike was not too bad. Trail is very nice! Huckleberries galore!! We made it back to the car around 12:30 - of course we stopped and picked Huckleberries!! Great hike - we will be back!!

hiking
1 day ago

Moose frequent this area, lovely stroll through the woods. This route was not directly next to two medicine, which we preferred for a different view. Aster Falls was nice. Easy hike, low elevation

Fairly easy hike with lots of shade. Perfect for families with some younger kids. Should take about 2 hours to complete.

The lake was awesome however the trail was very crowded

hiking
1 day ago

Parking is a big issue so arrive before 8 or don't bother to go. First 1.7 miles or so are along a bridal path so you're hiking in shit, but after that it's a gently uphill the whole way to the lake. I sat near where people come over the last hill and get their first glimpse of the lake and every single person was speechless at the color of the lake. One girl said better than anywhere in Italy and another person said just like Banff's Lake Moraine. Pretty solid company.

hiking
1 day ago

I would like to be a Park Ranger in this beautiful national park—Glacier! We hiked yesterday (08.17.19). It seems the weather is not cooperating when we get to Canada-US boarder at around 9 AM, it was raining a bit hard. Then weather suddenly changed to foggy and gloomy on our way to trailhead. The first 45 minutes hike is ascent challenge. As we go along, it opens up majestic vista where Mt Wilbur can be seen at far distance. Mt Wilbur and the lake in-one is fantastic ala paradise! It’s a beautiful moderate trail which we loved and enjoyed the sceneries.

hiking
1 day ago

Made it to upper Grinnell glacier, and the view was spectacular! Besides Grinnell lake, there are also swift current lake and lake Josephine for sightseeing along the hike. Still lots of wild flowers at this time of the year, amazing! Lots of crowds and saw some bighorns at the beginning of upper glacier overlook trail. The highlight was encountering a black cub at the end of the trail by Swiftcurrent lake, very adorable.

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muddy
1 day ago

Hiked this yesterday and it certainly did not disappoint. Try to heed the warnings about parking. Arrived around 7:50 and there were a surprising number of cars and spots were filling quickly. We’re not the most physically fit couple but found the evaluation gradual and not too strenuous. The reviews about the first two miles are accurate so be mentally prepared for the muddy/horse poop covered terrain in this segment of the hike. It definitely slows your pace. Highly recommend water proof hiking boots for stability and there are a few spots that go over mild streams. Even met a lovely couple from Wisconsin that joined us for our journey in to the lake! If you plan on taking a dip in the lake be prepared for some very, VERY cold water. It’s definitely worth it though! No bears but our group did spot some big horns on a mountain in the distance. Otherwise, the hike was absolutely stunning and well worth the sore muscles.

Amazing trail, worth all of the hype! Great views the whole way up. Not much shade once you get on the mountain. I saw a family of 4 goats right on the trail and a group of 10 sheep up on one of the slopes. I started at around 10:45 and I would not get there any later than that. It is chilly at the top, being a hat and gloves. It also drizzled for a few minutes at the glacier. A pretty big elevation gain, around 2,600’ on my trek, but the only really steel part is near the end.

Really easy and beautiful trail. Relatively flat and not much elevation gain, which I was found myself missing. I ended up hiking around 15 miles with all of the side trails to see various waterfalls and other sights, which was a nice addition to this trail. The north side of the lake is not as pretty as the south, so I would recommend taking the boat one way and only doing the south. I hiked this trail alone but never went more than 15 minutes without seeing someone, but it wasn’t too crowded either. Bathrooms near the boat dock and near Upper Two Medicine. The best part was definitely the trek to upper two medicine and twin falls.

hiking
1 day ago

AMAZING!! The hike was actually 5.7 miles each way, but I didn’t start recording my hike until after a few miles This was probably the best hike I have ever done Trail is very well marked and traveled, with terrain and scenery changing throughout. Stunning views and worth the hike. We started about 8am and it took about 6 hours. The ranger station by the trailhead will “loan” you bear spray, if you bring it back - very nice.

Did this hike back at the beginning of august. Go! just be aware this is a bear heavy area with lots of blind corners on the trail so make some noise.

hiking
1 day ago

Fresh snow at the summit on 8/17. stunning views. moderate climb.

Incredible views. Make sure to pick up the overlook spur, which is challenging but has a view you'll never forget. Unreal.

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