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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.

Kathleen Leiner reviewed St. Mary and Virginia Falls Trail
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HikingGreat!

Gorgeous hike! We added some mileage by also doing baring falls. All three falls were beautiful, but Virginia Falls was my favorite! I would recommend hats and sunscreen as a large portion of the trail is in full sun after the 2015 fires. The extra sun made for lots of wildflowers though!

Ben Balderson reviewed Florence Falls Trail
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Hiking

Wonderful views. But very overgrown and lots of bugs. Still worth it. Watch clocked 15.07 miles

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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

Alan Miller reviewed Granite Park via Highline Trail
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HikingBugsGreat!

We did this hike as part of a two-night stay at Granite Chalet from July 30, 2020 through checkout on August 1. (Lodging reservations are available through their website daily, although spots fill up quickly.) Our one-way hike of 7.9 miles took from 8:15 to about noon, for a total of a little less than four hours. It was a really nice day with temps in the 70s and there was no snow on the trail. The bugs, including horse flies, were not bad in the early morning but they were pretty thick later in the day and over the next few days. This is a spectacular trail that is moderate and allows for plenty of breaks. It is ranked the number one hike on many lists, and there are a large number of people on the trail. We saw a lot of marmots and two mountain goats on or near the trail. Since the shuttle from the Loop is not running in 2020, it would be a long single-day hike unless you can shuttle two cars or hitch a ride from the Loop to Logan Pass. I’d recommend against hiking from or to the Loop if you can avoid it, since it is much less scenic and quite hot with little shade in the afternoon.

Alexis Nguyen reviewed Siyeh Pass Trail
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HikingBugsFloodedRocky

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.

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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!

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Hiking

Yes it is an easy hike, but we arrived into glacier at noon and thought we’d start with an easier hike since it was already getting later. Started on trail at about 1pm. Had no issue parking at the end of the road (which was just off of GTSrd). We did come across people on trail, but it wasn’t congested like I expected it would be. We had bug spray, so we didn’t have issues. Your under the tree line for a lot of it, so no worries there either. It was gorgeous! If you do the whole thing, you’ll come to the end near a second water fall where we (and others) decided to cliff jumping into the freezing water! There are 3ft-20ft cliffs to jump off. Even little kids were doing it. Super fun, but very cold! First jump you’re sucking air big time from the shock of it. Great trail! Very well marked. Awesome views!

Nichole De Boom reviewed St. Mary and Virginia Falls Trail
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HikingGreat!

Great little hike. We did this in the morning and got there around 8 and had to park .5 miles away from the trailhead! Both waterfalls were GORGEOUS- people were swimming near saint Mary’s. We saw a mama deer and her fawn who was prancing around the little island in the river- made our hearts melt!

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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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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!

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Adam Sutterffield reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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Hiking

Nice easy hike along the creek! Several good views of the rolling creek along the way.

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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!

Matt Smith reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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HikingGreat!

Hiked this trail on 7/29. Great trail, very flat, with a lot of vegetation. Beautiful waterfall. Around 2 miles in, saw 2 black bears. Watched one rub his back on a tree, then go for a swim in the river. Was able to video the entire thing. Very memorable.

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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Don Moosekian reviewed St. Mary and Virginia Falls Trail
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The falls are very beautiful. Virginia Falls has many tiers that are able to be viewed at different elevations. Very pretty. Not a tough hike or more of a walk.

d Taylor reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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Nature tripsBugsGreat!

Nice easy trail after a hard or moderate one. Beautiful views of McDonald creek and small falls. At one point you peel off of the creek to walk through a dense forest. We started this one late morning and it was nice seeing the sun peek through the dense trees. It got really quiet, very shaded, high brush on either side of the trail for a short stint with huckleberries hanging off of the limbs. Saw bear scat in a few places, but no bear. We did see a deer about 15 yards in front of us. It didn't seem to mind we were there. At the end, we hung out on rocks at a small waterfall for lunch. Easy walk with a few ups and down, but good to get the legs going if sore from other hikes.

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WalkingGreat!

Great trail. Trail of the Cedars is great for those in wheelchairs or if you need assistance walking. It's a beautiful walk through a forest. The hike up to Avalanche lake is scenic. Well worth the walk up. This is a moderate hike likely due to the rocks coming out of the ground on the way up or down, but nothing to be concerned about, just watch your step. It's also heavily trafficked but several people wore masks. The volume started to reduce around lunch time with fewer people walking up. The trail is shaded for the most part, so it's good anytime of day in my opinion.

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WalkingGreat!

Great hike. Parked at the many open spots at Sun Point as there was no parking at St. Mary's trail head. This added a little over a mile, but included the Baring Falls also. We started mid morning and arrived at the Virginia falls just in time for a cool lunch; both figuratively and relatively. Great mix of sun and shade along the route. Saw a moose on the way hanging out in St. Mary lake between Baring and St. Mary falls. All in all, great hike that's definitely worth the trek.

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