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This is a tough hike. Four miles up to Granite Park Chalet, only the last mile is visually interesting. But the chalet is great and there’s a beautiful alpine meadow behind where we saw a grizzly cross the trail in front of us and head up the mountain. Not interested in us at all. Then the last stretch is 1.5 miles straight up. Really tough, but the views from the summit are breathtaking in 360 degrees. Well worth the hard work. And there’s a weird, tiny private residence up at the summit. Not sure what’s up with that!

hiking
17 hours ago

Pretty good views for a small climb and an overall easy hike. We completed the trail in about 3 hours with a 10 year old. The suspension bridge was fixed and the waterfall was gorgeous! There were some buggy and overgrown parts though so I recommend bug spray and long pants.

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muddy
off trail
over grown
scramble
snow
20 hours ago

Just did firebrand pass as an out and back. 10.2 miles. Great hike. Incredible wildflowers, outstanding views, and tranquil forest. A bit muddy and overgrown in places, but MCC was out doing some trail maintenance. Only two snow crossings. Very strong winds at the top!

Well worth it.

Great short stroll to some beautiful falls! would recommend this trail for those who may have some mobility issues. trail is flat, well maintained and short.

This trail might take the cake on most favorite hikes! it's actually about 1100 ft elevation gain coming from logan pass to granite park chalet. really great hike! in total I measured it to be 13.8 miles. once you head down the loop tall it's pretty much all downhill from there, towards the end of the hole the trail will split, go to the left, it's uphill but it's not terrible. I do not suggest going up the loop tall and then crossing the highline, yor legs will hate you this way. make sure you carry plenty of water and snacks, if it's a hot day there's not much for shade. and don't forget your bar spray!!! make sure it's handy and you know how it works, don't rely on someone else to use it for you. we ran into a grizzly and had to back track to find a place to get up and out of his way as he was being followed by some park rangers. Happy hiking, this tall is amazing!

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no shade
1 day ago

Views from the top were ok but you’ll find better ones elsewhere in the park. We started around 8:30am and any later would have made it pretty hot. Essentially just a series of switchbacks with views looking away from the park. It’s a good alternative if you get too the park too late to do the more popular ones since they fill up so early.

hiking
1 day ago

Best view in the park and the hardest .6 miles I’ve done for the last part but soo worth it.

Exceptional views every step of the way. You MUST take the additional .6 miles up the Garden Wall. No matter how tired you are. The entire trail is moderate at the worst but this section is very steep and difficult but so worth it. The views from the top were the best in the park we saw. Goats and deer were practically on the trail during the hike. When we took a bathroom break the the chalet, the trail up from the loop was briefly closed by rangers because of bear activity but all we ever saw was bear poop. Get to the trailhead early. We got the VERY LAST spot at Logan pass at 8:20am.

By the time we were able to park - about 230pm - the trail was crowded, really crowded. If you’re expecting solitude, get there early or select another hike. Trail is mostly shaded, a bit rocky at times, and well maintained. The view of the waterfalls and the amphitheater makes this worthwhile.

One of the best for scenic beauty, animals, wild flowers, & mountain grandeur! I can not stress enough the steep decline, the last four miles of the hike. From Granite Chalet down the trail to the shuttle at the loop, is very steep and you MUST have the right hiking boots!

Very beautiful trail along the river. I don’t know where it got the name McDonald “Creek”! We used it as a nice easy walk, the day after the Highline Trail!

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muddy
1 day ago

Giving this 3 stars because all of the prior comments were true. The trail is very stinky and buggy the first 2 miles - wear bug spray! Myself and 2 friends hiked about 4 miles in and had to turn around. Hikers hiking out warned us they saw grizzlies from a distance, so I wasn’t too nervous since we had bear spray. However, we met another couple that encounter a grizzly directly on the trail. We waited until 3 other hikers came close to our group and then proceeded since we combined into a group of 6 — there is safety in numbers. But then, our group of 6 met a grizzly about 20 meters off the trail. As we saw the bear, 3 more hikers came running yelling at the bear. They’d just been “bluff charged” several times by a mother grizzly and her cub, meaning, the bears would run at them and show their teeth, and then stop. This group was visibly shaken up and we decided to all turn back as a large group of 9 people. After talking to rangers, it sounds like it’s very common to encounter grizzlies on this trail every day. In large groups of 6+ I think you’d be safe, but if you aren’t in a large group and/or don’t have bear spray I would NOT do this hike. I’m praying I can go back tomorrow or another day to “hitchhike” my way into hiking with a large group of people, because this is the trail I’ve wanted to do most on my trip. In conclusion, I’m sure this trial is a 5 star trail if you’re in a big group and don’t encounter grizzlies. We didn’t even make it to the lake, so I was very disappointed to have spent half of a day of my trip hiking through the woods to not see the lake.

As others have said, don't hike this trail if you are looking for quiet solitude. But it's popular for a reason. Enough distance and slope to push you a little bit, but easy enough for most families, I'd think. Beautiful views of a cascading creek, lush forests, and a sparkling lake against a backdrop of mountain waterfalls at the end. Get to the trailhead early if you want to park anywhere near it!

hiking
1 day ago

lots of steps up on a boardwalk type trail. very busy. beautiful views even though we did not finish to the end.

not much to see here, but I guess it's fun for families and for those who are unable to do more difficult hikes. we took part of this until we got to the avalanche trail.

Great hike! Definitely long, but super worth it. The first ~2 miles were VERY full of mosquitos- so much so that we were happy to have layers covering everything! Once we climbed to higher elevations, bug problems significantly decreased. The hike almost changes every 2 miles, which keeps things fresh and challenging! The panoramic view at the top is breathtaking. So fun to chat with the park guide stationed in the lookout tower at the top. She was friendly and welcoming. Although it’s tough, we would definitely recommend.

beautiful lake with waterfalls at the end

hiking
1 day ago

A very nice hike that should be something most everyone in the family can do. The first 1/2 mile is a bit of elevation but after that it is just gradual. Some very beautiful views, the waterfall half way up is a nice place for a quick break. Go early as trail gets busier as the day goes on. Not a hard hike , just has some distance, the lake with the icebergs in it is very beautiful with the Mountain backdrop. If your looking for a hike with great views, not too hard this one would be one to try.

hiking
1 day ago

Giving this 3 stars because all of the prior comments were true. The trail is very stinky and buggy the first 2 miles - wear bug spray! Myself and 2 friends hiked about 4 miles in and had to turn around. Hikers hiking out warned us they saw grizzlies from a distance, so I wasn’t too nervous since we had bear spray. However, we met another couple that encounter a grizzly directly on the trail. We waited until 3 other hikers came close to our group and then proceeded since we combined into a group of 6 — there is safety in numbers. But then, our group of 6 met a grizzly about 20 meters off the trail. As we saw the bear, 3 more hikers came running yelling at the bear. They’d just been “bluff charged” several times by a mother grizzly and her cub, meaning, the bears would run at them and show their teeth, and then stop. This group was visibly shaken up and we decided to all turn back as a large group of 9 people. After talking to rangers, it sounds like it’s very common to encounter grizzlies on this trail every day. In large groups of 6+ I think you’d be safe, but if you aren’t in a large group and/or don’t have bear spray I would NOT do this hike. I’m praying I can go back tomorrow or another day to “hitchhike” my way into hiking with a large group of people, because this is the trail I’ve wanted to do most on my trip. In conclusion, I’m sure this trial is a 5 star trail if you’re in a big group and don’t encounter grizzlies. We didn’t even make it to the lake, so I was very disappointed to have spent half of a day of my trip hiking through the woods to not see the lake.

This is a beautiful trail. It was challenging enough to keep your attention but not so hard you lost faith in the end reward. Speaking of the end reward, we were gifted with a beautiful view of 3 spectacular waterfalls cascading into Avalanche Lake from the mountain in front of us. The hike offers a lot of shade and a nice wide trail. The beaches around the lake are soft gravel and make a great place to sit and eat a snack while the kids play.

Best views of Glacier from above the Road to the Sun. Inclines were mainly gradual. Worst part was the last four miles going downhill after the Chalet, and that was because my feet were tired and the views weren’t as expansive.

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rocky
2 days ago

definitely a great, yet challenging hike. great views.

hiking
2 days ago

Short and sweet! It is a bit of a uphill climb for the first half mile or so but then evens out. Mostly a wooded trail and loaded with wildflowers. At a little over a mile and a half in, you'll reach the end of trail which is nothing short of gorgeous. Not only did we see the tallest Douglas Fir tree I have ever seen but the pond and meadow are gorgeous. Keep your eye on the side of the trail along the meadow as marmots can be seen running around.

hiking
2 days ago

I did a portion of this trail on Sunday, July 14, 2019, from the Cutbank trailhead to Triple Divide Pass and back, 7.3 miles each way for a total of about 14.6 miles. The first 4 miles or so is level and fairly easy. The next mile starts the gradual incline, and then at mile 5 or so the steeper incline began. It was not as steep as it looked on the app and did not seem to get steeper as it went on, but it was easier than it would have been otherwise since the temperature was cool and there were intermittent clouds but no rain. There was not much wind and there was no snow or slippery spots, but if there had been it would have been better to hike a lower elevation trail. When we reached the pass we saw marmots and pikas, and as we were leaving we saw around ten mountain goats walking together on the trail about three miles down the trail on the other side of the pass. The hike back down went quickly and we saw no bear or moose, but another hiker said he encountered a black bear toward the Cutbank trailhead, about 1/2 mile from the trailhead. He whistled it off and it ran away, but he and his hiking partner decided to end their hike.

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