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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.

2 days ago

First, Glacier National park is a treasure. Be prepared for sights and colors and sensational scenery!! This was the most incredible hike to a vanishing glacier. Start early in the morning. You will be stopping frequently to snap photos. Also, you will get wet. I hiked this in July and there was still snow patches and water to travel over and under!! Bring a water filter system so you can drink glacier water. I saw many animals... a Wolverine, for one. Bring bells and bear spray. Be prepared and you’ll have such special memories of this hike!

Absolutely stunning views. We went in June and part of the trail was still closed for snow.

There is a reason why this hike is rated as #1 in most travel guides that I've seen. It is also extremely popular, so be advised that parking is an issue at Logan Pass unless you arrive really early, and the lower parking lots fill up quickly too. When we visited (July 2017), there was no waiting system in place, so all the cars waiting for a free spot would just cruise through the lot and if you got lucky, someone would leave just as you were approaching. If you didn't get lucky, well, you could spend your day driving around the parking lot.
Anyway, back to the hike itself, as others have said, the views are absolutely stunning, and they also change significantly as you go, so you really don't get bored. A lot of people on the trail seem to only go as far as the Haystack Butte before turning around so, beyond there, things get significantly quieter, even though the views are no less spectacular. We saw several marmots and, apparently, missed a bear with a cub by minutes. Flowers were in full bloom in mid-July.
The last section from the Granite Chalet down to the road is not terribly exciting but it's also not very long, even if it can get a tad tedious on a hot day. If you are planning to take the park shuttle back to Logan, be prepared to wait, as they can come pretty full already.
Anyway, if there is just one hike that you are going to do in Glacier and don't mind that it can be pretty busy, this one is a great choice!

A short and easy hike through the woods with a spectacular lake framed with mountains at the end and a nice stream with small waterfalls at the beginning. The chipmunks and golden-mantled ground squirrels by the lake are so used to human presence, you can observe them from closer up than anywhere else I've ever been.
If you have a half-afternoon free and happen to be in the area, this hike is an absolute must! Just expect parking to be somewhat difficult at peak season, as the hike is very popular.

walking
8 days ago

Nice walk through the forest , much of it on boardwalk. Plenty of room. Great look at some amazing trees up close Fallen cedar with roots on end is an amazing natural work of art !

hiking
8 days ago

My favorite hike of the visit
End of August 2017, a bit warm and some smoke due to fires but air quality during our hike to Grinnell was fine
Saw moose in lake Josephine , grizzly meandering across trail, and many big horn sheep !
The views are spectacular both from the trail throughout and also at the glacier/ lake This is a must do hike

hiking
8 days ago

Hike to lookout deck is busy and crowded but nice vistas. Was there end of August so air wis a bit thick with smoke . Trail after lookout is nice with long gradual descent until final 1/4 mile which is steep with many switchbacks . Nice hike.

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail. A fairly easy trail with spectacular views. Was there at end of August 2017 , was a bit warm but not bad. Still had plenty of icebergs to see and water was beautiful, would love to take the Oru Kayak up sometime . Take plenty of water First half of hike more in the trees so more blind corners on the trail , just keep talking , leave the bell at home .

Hiked May 2016. The view was worth the trip, absolutely beautiful! Many Glacier was my favorite area of the park!

hiking
17 days ago

We hiked this trail in back in August and it was beautiful! Very hot that time of year so definitely make sure to bring enough water. Lots of colorful flowers! Relatively easy and flat until the last downhill portion. That was pretty relentless. Parking was a pain, so if you want a good spot make sure to get there plenty early! Was an awesome trail overall!

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful hike.

we went around 8-9am and it was CROWDED. its a good hike if 1) you need recovery day from a long hike 2) want to do a "family" hike 3) you are older and have problems with some of the other moderate or difficult hikes. if none of those apply to you, i'd pick something else.

Beautiful!

Nice shady moderate hike for our last day in Glacier after being beat up from all the other hikes of our trip. The lake is so pretty and the falls into it are breathtaking.

hiking
29 days ago

Views had my jaw dropping the whole time. Within the fist 20 minutes a Grizzly was spotted and we got to see him playing in the water with binoculars. We were unable to go to lake shore as it was closed due to high Grizzly activity. Mountain goats were all over the place unphased by humans and licking the handrails for the salt. waterfalls from the gorgeous glaciers everywhere.

hiking
29 days ago

One if the pretties hikes I've ever been on. The views in the morning light were amazing along with the blue flowers growing out of the rocks that the mountain goats were climbing. I feels so lucky to of been able to see the Sperry Chalet before it was burned down. It was so cool inside. I recommend not starting at Logan pass but at the loop a going though the burn area last was awful in the hot sun my cousin almost had a heatstroke and the beautiful waterfall with crystal clear water was a life saver. Soaked in lake McDonald to finish up the perfect day.

make sure you go on a clear day or you will be disappointed. the view at the end is fantastic

hiking
1 month ago

Only downside was the smoke closing the view from the wild fires in Sept.

One of the most beautiful hikes I've done and favorite that we did in Glacier. It's a fairly long hike and the scenery is great. You truly get to experience everything from crossing creeks on log bridges, trekking through the woods and then the final approach to cracker lake is a breeze. Make sure to plan accordingly and you MUST go the extra ~1 mile down to the lake shore. Gorgeous blue that I've never seen before nestled below the Glacier and surrounded by mountains on all sides.

backpacking
1 month ago

First few days of August my brothers and I did Redgap Pass to POIA. The trail up to POIA is pretty heavily wooded, passing a shallow marshy lake. Right off the bat we came into contact with a bull elk that moved off through the bush. This section of the trail had an unreal amount of scat on the trail that wasn't bear other wild animals. When we made it to camp we realized that another camper had pack llamas, which was where all the scat came from. Stick your head right through the bushes at tent site and you have incredible views of POIA lake and the valley. Next day was from POIA over Redgap Pass and back to Helen Lake, a little over 15 miles. You will definitely earn it on the way up to Redgap. Also take note that there was only 1 legitimate fill up for water about halfway up from a small waterfall. The views of Elizabeth lake, Crowfoot Mountain, and the Ahern Glacier were incredible from atop Redgap Pass. Second night was at Helen Lake, definitely the most dramatic views from camp. Third night was at Elizabeth lake which was the nicest campground setup we saw. Ample "tree benches" and food prep area. All of the campgrounds had an outhouse. We did not see any bear on the trip but we did see another cow elk near Helen Lake, and then a large bull moose at Elizabeth campground. We exited out through the Ptarmigan tunnel.

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