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An early addition to the National Park Service (park #10), Glacier National Park in Montana turned 100 on May 11, 2010. The park is immense, with 1 million acres (4,047 km2), 300 lakes and a reach of 1,584 square miles (4,103 km2). The park is considered the centerpiece of a vast region of protected land that includes some 16,000 square miles (41,440 km2). The park features some 700 miles of hiking trails and supports all manner of outdoor activities, such as biking, boating, fishing, and horseback riding. There are 13 campgrounds that allow for roughly 1000 campsites. Other accommodation options include hotels, inns, lodges and motels. Part of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, this park has over 50 remaining glaciers and 130 named lakes under the tall Rocky Mountain peaks. There are historic hotels and a landmark road in this region of rapidly receding glaciers. These mountains, formed by an overthrust, have the world's best sedimentary fossils from the Proterozoic era.

Went in mid-July and there was a decent amount of snow coverage still on the trail. If you're going during that time trekking poles would be a good idea! Saw quite a few mountain goats and going in the late evening was the perfect time.

Easy hike, beautiful views. Wish it was longer :)

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6 hours ago

Very popular trail, but for good reason. We walked up about halfway (1.5 miles in) to the overlook and back, but you can keep going down to the lake. The trail is mostly uphill on the way in (to the overlook) but it is not strenuous, and half of it is boardwalk. We saw a bear who minded its own business but crossed the trail at one point (literally 100 people in eyesight at that point, so it wasn't scary), plus bighorn sheep and lots of mountain goats. Beautiful wildflowers, mountain views, and waterfalls. If you want an easier hike and/or don't have a lot of time in the park I'd go for this trail!

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I went all the way to the Grinnell overlook from the chalet, definitely with it. It gets pretty hot since most of the trees burned down and the trail is almost all uphill on the way there so bring lots of water. With the overlook the trail is about 11.9 miles round trip.

21 hours ago

Nice easy 7 mile out and back to nice 2 tiered waterfall. Bonus of another nice Falls about 1.2 miles from trailhead.

Amazing hike! We were told there was a wait list for the boats so decided just to walk around the lakes, which were pretty level and easy. The rest climbs pretty consistently and you get views of another lake, waterfalls to walk through, etc. We saw a bighorn sheep and a moose from very far away. The lake at the end by the glacier is breathtaking. We put our feet in and it was freezing! You can also explore up there a bit and see some surprises. I am not used to high elevations, so I was out of breath pretty frequently on the way up. So with lots of breaks the whole thing took about 8.5 hours and my phone said 13 miles, but you can do it in less time! It was pretty well-traveled throughout. Really incredible experience and highly recommended.

This was an awesome hike. We did not see any bears but the trail was closed for an hour earlier that day for a sighting, according to a ranger we chatted with on the trail. It is very shady to begin with and includes a rushing river early in the hike. When you get to the lake there are plenty of logs and rocks to sit on and take in the view, although there is no shade. We could see 3 different water falls in the distance heading towards the lake. It was quite hazy from a nearby wildfire which kept the view from spectacular to really nice.

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1 day ago

We took the shuttle up to Logans Pass and started the Highline trail (which is across Going to the Sun Road from the visitors center). The trail is absolutely breath taking & beautiful. I will admit the first ~0.5 miles is hiking on the edge of a mountain so if you're scared of heights- probably not for you! But if you can tough it out, it's only for about 10 minutes and the rest of the trail is SO WORTH IT. There's also a handrail you can hold onto if it makes you feel better! The first 7.6 miles to the Chalet were amazing. There is shade and sun. Pack layers & sunscreen. Definitely pack about 2 L of water PER hiker. Water at the Chalet costs $5.75 per bottle. About 0.8 miles from the Chalet there is an overlook trail (an additional 0.6 each way) to overlook Grinnell lake and its glacier. The trail is STRAIGHT UP a mountain and extremely strenuous, but worth it. Take frequent breaks if you need, but it's worth the view. Once you get to the Chalet, there is a port a pot & some picnic tables to sit and eat at. The rest of the 4 miles down to the Loop (Going to the Sun Road) is straight downhill for 4 miles. The first mile or so is in the wood (shade), but the last 3 are hot with little to no shade and NO WATER. Pack accordingly. The ranger told me there have been 16 medical emergencies on this trail in the past THREE WEEKS due to insufficient hydration. If you have to spend the $5.75 for water at the Chalet, just suck it up and do it because you will dehydrate easily on the last 3 miles. Overall, the trail was amazing and 10/10 day. Would definitely do it again. HIGHLY recommend for views.

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