Explore the most popular waterfall 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.

Great beginners trail. Beautiful ending.

Great trail for a day hike.

Great trail except for the first 2 miles or so. You start off straight up the mountain, after that not too bad.

Well marked trail that’s well covered most of the way. We saw a deer, and had good views of the river and lake along the way. We hiked it in late May and it got pretty muddy near the lake. Bring a hiking stick or waterproof shoes if you plan to do it then.

Took our 4 and 1 year old late July.We got stuck up there for awhile as a grizzly was spotted on trail and rangers kept us in group till it left. Beautiful lake and fun to see people jumping into freezing water with icebergs. My 4 year old did the whole thing herself.

Warm right until you approach the lake then a sudden climate change, for us cold and rainy but fun with raingear. Plenty of water along the trail. Lives up to its name.

15 days ago

Long distance. Pack enough food and water. Encountered snow, hike along a stream, steep inclines in parts, not much shade in places. Cobalt itself is relatively small and sheltered. Take swim or have a nap before heading back. Grab a beer or ice cream at the nearby store at the end as a reward. You’ll need it.

15 days ago

Adored this hike on the most perfect day with a high of 60 degrees. Lots of wildlife. Once you reach the lake, the trot was totally worth it. We stopped for lunch and the way back was much faster. It was the perfect day hike length for my taste.

Very beautiful and fun little hike with a gorgeous lake. One of our family favorites!

Did this because we summited the glacier earlier than we expected. Very windy when we went by still so quiet and very few people. If you have time I’d say do it, it’s basically on the way anyways.

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Really popular hike but if you have limited time I’d recommend doing this one over the others I’ve done. You will experience everything: glacier waters, amazing views, switchbacks galore, and most likely wildlife sightings.

I’ve done this one twice, one in early August and once in late August. The one I did in early August we were up on the ridge line and we saw a mother grizzly and two babies playing in the steam below. It was the coolest thing. The late August hike on the same ridge line we saw a massive bull moose munching away on greens down below. When we got up to the glacier I saw some Big Horn Sheep as well so keep your eyes open and bring binoculars!

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What a nice easy leisurely hike. It does not feel like it is as much elevation gain as it lists on this. We saw moose, deer, and loads of wild birds. The lake at the end is just breathtaking. We did it in late August and there was still and iceberg floating in the water. Highly recommend!

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The trail got really long on the way back, especially for my pregnant wifey.

26 days ago

Bring your camera and a water filter - the views and water are plentiful and amazing!

Late August- We went really early and walked all the way around the lake. There were some people there but it was still fairly empty. When we headed back we saw tons of people going up. We did see bear prints in the mud on the far side of the lake which was cool.

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1 month ago

Looking to hike this in mid July with another person or small group. Normally would do this by myself but I’ve heard of a lot of bear and moose sightings in this area and rather not chance it. HMU if interested. 716 359 2077.

Really liked this hike. The lake is really special.

Fun Easy late afternoon hike

We have hiked this trail twice and it is always an incredible experience. Very challenging, wear sunscreen, a hat and layer clothing, bring trekking poles and wear good hiking shoes, bring sunglasses. You will go from hot to cold and we also got rained/snowed on on the top. Big temperature changes from the bottom to top and weather changes fast. Pack a rain jacket and wear clothing that doesn't make you feel cold when you get wet. Definitely bring bear spray, we saw grizzlies and black bear and the rams are very aggressive. Try to stay in a group or take the guided ranger led hike up. Definitely a hike you will never forget! Pack plenty of food and water.

Amazing views along the way! Waterfall is breath taking well worth the hike.The incline at the end is the hardest part.

1 month ago

Lots of wildlife here - we saw a grizzly and others we ran into said they saw a Moose the same day. Had lunch at the lake.. It was spectacular!

Hiked on August 2, 2017. It was foggy and misty but with regular breaks of sunlight. This is one of the best hikes I have ever done. Magical views of Glacier National Park; water, multi-colored rocks, sunlight, greenery and wildflowers everywhere. The top down hike was still challenging enough and the park shuttle back to the parking lot was much appreciated!

Hike was nice, just wish the glacier would have made an appearance for us.

One of the first hikes we did in the NW and we were hooked after that. Hiking through old cedar, often next to a raging river, only to be rewarded with a beautiful crystal clear lake surrounded by mountains.


Great hike! The water is very cold, so don’t plan on swimming! Worth the trek!

Such a fun and easy hike. Great for the whole family. Breathtaking views

Absolutely amazing. Lake Francis is where my husband proposed to me so it will always hold a special place in my heart. The views here are out of this world. In my opinion nothing compares to GNP.

We did see a grizzly after we left this trail to head to Waterton so bring bear spray!!!!

Beautiful hike through the old growth cedars along the creek, ending at a glacial lake with great waterfalls and thick plant life everywhere!

cross country skiing
2 months ago

a long yet if your up for the 14 mile hike and XC skiing well worth it hike! amazing views from the start to finish! We thought we would be the only people up there, but there was about 6 other people behind us. make sure to start early, it took us about 12 hours, because of the road being closed 5 miles before the trail!!!

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