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David Skau reviewed Gunsight Pass Trail
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HikingGreat!

Did this as a long day hike from Gunsight Pass Trailhead (signed on the trail as Jackson Glacier Overlook, it seems) and exiting at Lake McDonald Lodge... Amazing views of Gunsight Lake and Lake Ellen Wilson! Also lots of huckleberries and thimbleberries ripe right now below Gunsight Lake, and saw 4 mountain goats. Tried to keep distance for safety, but they don’t seem to have any concern about humans at all - would walk right toward us on trail, even within a few feet if we couldn’t get off trail far enough! Not too many people between Gunsight Lake and Sperry Chalets... which is really the part with the best views!

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HikingGreat!

Gorgeous hike through the cedars. I recommend going to the shore on the far end where there are fewer people.

Fiona Jensen-Hitch reviewed Sperry Chalet Trail
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Hiking

8/3/20. Hiked up to the chalet, which is about 6 miles. It’s another mile up to Lincoln Peak (the peak is a short 300 foot scramble off the trail, definitely an easier summit), and about another 2 miles to Lake Ellen Wilson. We originally were planning to just do the peak but the lake looked so beautiful and we continued for a quick dip. The trail does keep going all the way to Jackson Glacier trailhead and can be done point to point either in a day (it’s around 22 miles) or as a backpacking trip (with permits). We went to the lake and back and it was about 18 miles EOY trip; started around 8:30 and finished around 6:30pm. Super beautiful, one of the less busy areas of glacier right now.

Fiona Jensen-Hitch reviewed The Loop and Garden Wall
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HikingBugs

Hiked on 7/31, trail fully open! I hiked with a friend (we live in the area) and we took two cars so we could do this route, the point to point. Usually there are shuttles but not this year. We started at Logan Pass, hiked up to Grinnell Overlook, and then to Granite Chalet, finishing at the Loop. The stretch from the chalet to the Loop is pretty exposed and it was very hot the day we did it, so be prepared with lots of water. I did not find this last section too bad on the knees. Tracked on my Garmin watch, exactly 14 miles.

Fiona Jensen-Hitch reviewed Hidden Lake Trail
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Hiking

Hiked 7/14 down to the lake and back. Beautiful, still lots of snow. We used microspikes/yak trax which were very helpful. Lots of people not prepared with the right footwear. We started around 7 and saw the most people on the way back, had buffs to pull up as masks. As of 8/5 the trail is currently closed because bears are hunting goats in the area.

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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

This trail is definitely difficult. The first section is in a field like terrain, the second is in trees and the last section is up the rocks on the mountain. The bugs were terrible on 8/5 when we completed the hike so bring bug spray. There is a chalet after 3.5 miles which you can use the restroom and buy water, snacks and other items. They do not take trash. Bring extra water and plan to take lots of breaks. The hike is extremely rewarding but prepare for the difficulty! Towards the beginning of the hike there is a bridge with a creek running underneath. Getting in after the long hike makes for a great end to the day!

Mark Kirschmann reviewed Hidden Lake Trail
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HikingClosed

Closed on 8/5 in the afternoon. Disappointment partially offset by a large mountain goat laying in the shade at the visitor center!

Evonne Louvre reviewed Mount Siyeh Summit
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

We scrambled Mt. Siyeh on August 5, 2020 via the southern route and it was spectacular. It took us about 4 hours to get up and was class 2 & 3 terrain. We followed the route described in Gordon Edwards’ book, A Climber’s Guide to Glacier National Park, which you can borrow at the backcountry permit office. The trail was pretty straightforward and flat (and full of beautiful wildflowers) until you start ascending the scree and talus slope. The scree/talus was steep and very loose so we took our time, and it was tricky to navigate at times. Make sure you have a good map/track and don’t rely on just the cairns; sometimes they are few and far between and they seem to mark different routes. We got off route a couple times on the way down, but self-corrected to make sure we didn’t end up having to negotiate any class 4 terrain. The views at the top were unreal, top 5 among all the hikes we’ve done, and we saw two bears about 100 yards from the summit ridge. We were a little nervous but decided they were far enough and we kept our distance, didn’t spend long on the ridge/summit in case the bears came up, and sang loudly to make sure they knew we were there. We later learned one of them is a regular named “Sally” and that she and her friend (or cub?) were digging through the rocks in search of moth larvae. Not sure if they were black or grizzly bears; in either case, be careful. Recommended gear: hiking poles, helmet, bear spray

Alexis Nguyen reviewed Siyeh Pass Trail
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Hiked this trail on 8/4 - did 4.5m in and 4.5m out. Really beautiful trail, with some of the best views of the park. A LOT of bugs, even with bug spray. There's also a river about 3 miles in that had a really strong current when I was there and was very difficult to pass, so beware. The hike is tough, but definitely worth the views!

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Hiking

Did this around 230 on a Monday. We found parking quickly. It was still quite hot outside, but the trail is shaded throughout. Lighting at the lake is definitely better in the afternoon, and I think that next time I’ll plan to go later on to avoid the heat and crowds. I really loved the creek views just above the Avalanche Lake turnoff, and would recommend that others keeping to the trail of cedars try to at least tackle that first hill beyond to get some nice views of the rapids.

MARY J reviewed Hidden Lake Trail
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Hiking

Stunning alpine trail. Wildflowers at the end of July were gorgeous. A few snow fields to cross made it fun, lots of goats right along the path, big horn sheep up on the mountain, and marmots at the overlook. Trail down to the lake was closed due to bears. It’s a crowded trail but for good reason. One of the best in Glacier. Saw rare rosy finches which is a treat for birders note: there was a long line for the pit toilets near the parking lot, no one was using the nicer restrooms up at the visitor center / pay it forward to people waiting in that line.

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Hiking

Beautiful trail through huge cedar trees, then a fairly easy climb near a rushing creek, then a walk through a forest with nice views of surrounding mountains, ending with a pretty lake with mountains and waterfalls in the distance. There’s great birding along this trail for birdwatchers. I would give it 5 stars but it’s not as good as Hidden lake overlook and the high line trail at Logan pass. All are spectacular- you can’t go wrong. Just get there early! We arrived by 7:00am and the lot was almost full!

Nichole De Boom reviewed Hidden Lake Overlook
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Hiking

This is closed from the visitor center as of 8/4- you cannot get to the outlook!

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HikingGreat!

This is Avalanche Lake. 5.6 mile hike. 750 foot elevation gain. There are probably prettier places in this world, but I haven't seen them.

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Hiking

Great bang for your hiking buck! Avalanche Lake might be the prettiest glacial lake in the park, with its deep turquoise hues and several waterfalls feeding into it from cliffs rising hundreds of feet above level. Great hike as a jump off point for your Glacier trip. Bring a swimsuit and hop in the lake before heading back.

Mark Kirschmann reviewed Siyeh Pass Trail
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Hiking

Hiked 8/4 to Siyeh pass and back. One of my favorite hikes ever. Parking at the bend was less than half full at 7:45 (but there aren’t a ton of spots). The variety seen on the trail is hard to beat- verdant forest, explosive wildflower meadows, hidden lakes (with submerged bear tracks), mountain streams, high alpine lakes, views down multiple valleys, and breathtaking mountains all around. Wind picked up at the pass so come prepared. No bears sighted.

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HikingBugsGreat!No shade

Many of the reviews here are accurate from the last few weeks we arrived by 7 amto parking and luckily got a spot. We saw a small bear at the beginning of the trail and a few deer along the way. The views and wildflowers are amazing. We hike a lot so this trail, while long, was moderate. The heat once midday arrived was intense. There are wild raspberries and huckleberries all along the trail. If you're looking for water supply along the way, there aren't many viable spots. The Chalet was cool, had bathrooms and water. Hike to the peak was a butt buster for sure and got really busy by noon. Try to beat the crowds. It was great!

View Jocelyn 's Recording
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Hiking

Arrived at Cedar’s at 7:15 and parking was available but filling up. Great walk up and back, with traffic building on the way down. Lots of deer families sharing the trail!

View Chris's Recording
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HikingGreat!

I just got back to my hotel from doing this hike. It was wonderful. Highly recommend doing it at the very end of the day to avoid the crowds (we set out at 6:38pm). But don't cheat yourself at the lake itself. Allow at least 2 hrs at this time of day so as not to be rushed. My partner and I proceeded at a moderate pace, the climb is steady with a few ups and downs along the way. There were a few groups but really very few. There is room to distance for people worried about that. Not buggy contrary to reviews. enjoy!

Aaron Spieler reviewed Snyder Lake Trail
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A park ranger had recommended this hike, so I decided to give it a try. Once you split off from the main trail, the path gets very narrow and has several sections that are overgrown. Wear long pants if you are likely to get itchy. Also, the pond at the end is not very large and there are only a few spots to get into the water. The views are still spectacular though which is why I still give it 3 stars.

Piper Long reviewed Otokomi Lake
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HikingOver grown

This was a difficult hike for me because I am out of shape, but it was so worth it! The lake is spectacular, water is crystal clear. We caught trout in the stream on the way up and in the lake too. Lots of raspberries and huckleberries along the trail. Saw 2 grizzly bears on this trail and a third grizzly bear catching trout in the lake. Have never been so close to a bear in my life. Thankfully they had no interest in us. Take bear spray and wear good hiking shoes!!

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