Explore the most popular Views 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.

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4 hours ago

Hiked this trail on 7/12. Super windy up at the pass, and a couple of snow patches. But all in all an amazing hike and you’ll not face the crowds that are typically found on the highline trail. Take the shuttle to Siyeh Bend to the trailhead. We turned around at the pass (total 9 miles RT). Beware of long waiting times to get back to Logan. It took us nearly an hour before a shuttle could accommodate us - standing room only. It took us a total of 3.5 hrs to get back to Apgar campground from Siyeh Bend (annoying system of having to transfer buses at Logan and then again at Avalanche) - plan accordingly!

I can’t recommend this hike enough! I had a tough time keeping my eyes on the trail as I was constantly rubbernecking to check out the vistas! I’d recommend getting to Logan Pass as early as possible (we took the first shuttle from Appar to Logan Pass) and starting there - hiking all the way to the Loop - a little over 11 miles one way. You can then take a shuttle from the loop either back to Logan Pass (if you’ve parked your car there) or westwards (like we did to get back to Appar). The 7.something hike up to Granite Park Chalet is moderate and the 4 mile descent to the Loop is a little steep, and the views are breathtaking, the wildflowers are currently in stunning bloom, and you’ll almost certainly see Mountain Goats and Marmots. Maybe a bear or two! And plenty of people! This is a really popular hike - and you’ll know why as soon as you set foot on it. While some sections do have chains fixed to the wall, I wouldn’t really call it a scary hike - the trail is pretty wide at those sections. Two other things to note: a) while some hikers start at the Loop and head back towards Logan Pass. I wouldn’t recommend it, as there are a ton of people starting at Logan Pass and it’s not super easy to hike against the flow especially at some of the narrower sections, b) if you do plan to take a shuttle back to Appar, plan for anything between an hour to 3 hours with tons of waiting - totally depends on whether you luck out with a shuttle with seats or not.

We also did Barring Falls, St Mary’s and Virginia Falls all in one hike. If you want to do all 3, start at Sun Point trailhead and go from there. It took us about 3 hours, but we also stayed at each waterfall for awhile to cool down. The trail was pretty busy, but worth it. Virginia Falls was breathtaking and after a long day of hiking, it was the cherry on top!

hiking
6 hours ago

Done a lot of cool trails but this one is near the top of the list. Unbelievable views the whole way. First two miles are easy - the rest is a steady incline. Worth every step. Lakes visible the whole time - with the last two being the coolest. Highly highly recommend this trail.

hiking
6 hours ago

Perfect hike for taking the grandsons - ages 2 and 3! The lake is gorgeous! Beautiful spot to relax, play and take pics. After the suspension bridge take the high trail (stay left) to get to the lake as the lower trail bridges have washed out.

Amazing trail. Was just beautiful. Totally worth it.

July 22, 2019. Great hike! We followed the app and went clockwise - and very happy we did. The opposite way would have been a long uphill. We had an easy walk to No Name lake, then switchbacks up the elevation to reach Dawson Pass. The elevation took us 75 minutes. From there we enjoyed the amazing walk along the ridge to Pitamakin Pass. Then 3.5 hours downhill to Old Man lake and the trail back to the trail head. Well maintained trail - thank you GNP! We had beautiful weather- no wind for us!

hiking
8 hours ago

Just finished a 10-day trip, including 5 days in Banff and 5 in Glacier. Overall our favorite hike! Absolutely stunning almost from start to finish. Views (lake and wildflowers) and wildlife (mule deer, grizzly, goats and sheep) made it well worth rating number 1, above even highline trail, Siyeh pass, Iceberg Lake trail and all of Banff trails we hiked. Go early to avoid crowds, which you’ll b sure to see.

hiking
8 hours ago

Short smooth trail. Pretty much all climbing. Spectacular views.

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bugs
snow
10 hours ago

We arrived at 6:45am on July 22, 2019 and found parking easily. No line at the entrance to the park. We walked Trail of the Cedars and then met up with this trailhead. At 7am, no bugs bothered us, and it was well shaded. Beautiful views of the river and gorge along the way to the lake. Pit toilets right before the lake. Less than 10 people at the lake when we arrived at 8:12am. We sat on a makeshift bench and had a snack. Had a doe and many chipmunks within a few feet of us, unafraid. Some said they spotted a grizzly at the far end of the lake- we didn’t go to the very end as a result. I scanned the shore with binoculars and didn’t see any by the time we got there at 8:30. At least 75-100 people coming in as we were leaving at 9:00am.

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bridge out
no shade
rocky
17 hours ago

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muddy
no shade
rocky
17 hours ago

hiking
17 hours ago

Definitely a top 10 day hike. Do some planning before you go. Research how you will do transport to and from trailhead and take into account parking availability and/or shuttle times. Go early! Bring lots of water because the last 4 miles downhill are in unshaded burn scar. This is also where most bear activity occurs. Bear spray. Views are unsurpassed. Flowers are in full bloom and wildlife is to be enjoyed. We saw a bear from a distance and mountain goats. No big horn this time. We took the spur trail up to the Grinnell overlook and it was breathtaking. Literally and figuratively. Worth it. Take your time. This is why you get there early. Every minute of taking in the scenery is special. Enjoy.

So beautiful and incredibly photogenic. Don’t forget your bear spray and be aware - we ran into a grizzly on this trail despite the crazy amount of people.

Great trail to get acclimated to GNP. Start at Trail of the Cedars and continue on from there. The first half mile or so gains some elevation, but not that much. Then it levels out until you reach the lake. A few spots where there lots of vegetation over the trail. I was apprehensive about many of the trails in Glacier with regard to bears, but there’s so many people in front and behind you (unless your out at first light) during the hike. How’s the saying go: “you only need to be faster than the slowest person in the group”. Continue past the lake for another 1/4 mile or so until you reach the end of the trail and beginning of the lake. The waterfalls in the distance feed the lake past a shallow stream that you can easily cross without getting your feet soaked.

This is a gorgeous trail!! Would highly recommend it for everyone.

Great trail to get our feet wet on at Glacier (both figuratively and literally). Was the first hike we did and the entire family loved it. Fairly easy with some nice scenery going along MacDonald Creek. Didn’t see any one on the “out” portion except at the two bridges. Passed five groups of hikers on the “back” portion which was around noon. Not much wildlife but nice nature views of a stream, rapids and small falls.

hiking
bugs
1 day ago

This is NOT a 9.7 mile hike whatsoever - whoever tracked that clearly has some GPS issues. Closer to 12 miles from the parking lot according to the new apple watch. The trail is in PURE sun with no shade for 95% of it, so make sure to bring A TON of water and reapply sunscreen multiple times. I am a young, avid hiker and I found this hike very hard mostly due to the heat and direct sun exposure. If done on a cloudy day it would be much more manageable, but definitely still hard. There are points where you will want to give up and for someone that would not BS you - it is definitely worth the trek. One of the most beautiful things I've seen in my life.

We almost didn’t do this hike, as we were tired and sore from hiking the Highline Trail the day before. I am so glad we sucked it up and did it. Probably the best hike we’ve ever done...although Highline is a very close second. The turquoise blue waters of Grinnell Lake, the milky blue of glacier-fed upper Grinnell Lake, the incredible mountains, wildflowers in full bloom, critters scurrying about (including a grizzly in the distance)...this hike has your constant attention, it is just so, so beautiful. If you only do one hike in Glacier, do this one. Amazing.

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

it's uphill the whole way, and down the whole way- to be expected with the elevation gain. No water on the trail but the flowers and views were worth it. A quiet trail too, not a lot of hikers on it. Definitely a harder hike. Well defined trail, not too rocky, just at the top a few miles from the lookout.

Amazing views. So many people on trail but worth it to see the ice floating in the lake. The hairy man in an American flag Speedo swimming amongst the ice was particularly entertaining.

Excellent moderate hike. Admit 11km round-trip including trail of the cedars loop. View of waterfalls might be nicer in the afternoon, but then parking would be tough and the hike would be warmer

the most gorgeous hike I have ever been on. I would not rate it as moderate. I believe its closer to hard. The lakes on your hike, the views, the glacier and lake at the very end, spectacular! We say 4 bear, 1 mountain goat on the hike, and 4 deer on the road walking to trail head. It took us 5 and a half hours. If you can hike 10 miles with elevation gain this is an absolute must. We left at 9 am returning at 2:30. Taking lots of photos and rests along the way. ENJOY!

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