Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

Fairly easy. Well maintained. Beautiful views of Lake McDonald in first couple of miles. Bear spray is always recommended in Glacier, but insect repellent is essential on this trail.

Great trail for a day hike.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike, get above treeline very quick and are surrounded by other snow covered peaks. Had a standoff with a ram that caused some delay, and saw about 15 total. Still snow patches in areas but nothing impassable. Instead of going over to actual Scenic Point we went off trail to summit peak you hit before that and had amazing 360 views.

fishing
1 day ago

did this trail in early Aug 2016. the. hiked the rest of the way to avalanche lake. Best decision of the whole trip.

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.

Pretty hike. The first 2 miles are the steepest but once you get halfway through you start to go through the Sprague Fire burn area from last fall, so bring lots of sunscreen and water as you’re pretty exposed. Beautiful towering peaks once you get into the basin. Still about 2 feet of snow for the last 1/4 mile and the lake was still mostly frozen. Completed 5/21/18.

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.

yes, do this hike.

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.

This was a great section of trail and a highlight from my 2017 backpacking trip in Glacier.

hiking
14 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.

hiking
14 days ago

Major cardio workout. Steep inclines. Not much shade in places. Can be windy in spots. Fantastic views at the top.

hiking
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.

simply stated....gorgeous!

Favorite hike in GNP state-side!!!!! We LOVE this trail!!! Amazing views for the full hike! Clean fresh air that refreshes you all the way. Animals out and about. Rather steep but definitely worth it! It's actually probably our family's favorite trail to do in all of MT

Easy and beautiful trail that even small children can easily walk!

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

Great hike. Beautiful view at the top.

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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Nice and easy, great views but I’d recommend hiking down to the lake though. See my other review.

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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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LOVED THIS ONE!

If you hike down you basically leave 95% of the tourists behind at the observation deck. The switchbacks might seem intimidating but if you take your time coming back up it’s so worth it.

We also ended up seeing a Mountain Goat right on the switchbacks on the way back up from the lake. It was really awesome laying out on the rocks by the lake very quiet and relaxing.

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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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It’s beautiful and worth seeing just heavily trafficked.

Amazing views. The last couple miles of the hike was burnt Forrest so glaring sun but overall spectacular!

This area burned in the summer of 2017. The chalet burned down, but they are going to restore it over the summer of 2018. check in with the park service to check about deadfall burnt trees and trail conditions

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

backpacking
24 days ago

Beautiful and the fishing is amazing.

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