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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.

Really a 4+ hike. It had a great start (loved the creek and rock formations) and end (Great Lake with waterfalls in distance) but was really busy and not much to see along the way. Kids (ages 4 and 5 years) did fine with it and it was nice to do hard part first half (which was mostly up on way out). Would recommend but try for a quieter time of day.

Super busy, but beautiful walk! I couldn't get over all the waterfalls at the top surrounding the lake.

backpacking
1 day ago

Hiked from Bowman Lake front-country campgrounds to Bowman Lake backcountry campgrounds on the first day. The trail was flat but nice along the water and took a little under three hours. The campground was just along the lake and great for relaxing.

On the second day of our trip, we hiked from Bowman Lake campground to Brown Pass -- about another three hours but the last 2/3 of a mile was difficult. That said, that part offered incredible wildfires and great views as it was more exposed. There is a water source about 1/4 mile in either direction of the Brown Pass campground.

Our third day, we hiked all the way from Brown Pass back to the front country. It was a bit of a slog but it was all downhill/flat so made for fast hiking. We did see lots of frogs on the way back.

This is a tough hike as it's a steep uphill all the way. For me, that took three hours (and slightly less on the decent). The views of Bowman Lake and the surrounding area are fantastic, though, and this is a great day hike. We went during the day and were able to talk to the person in the fire lookout and get a quick lesson of his set-up and instruments, which was also cool.

Turned out to be the most rewarding and most difficult day hike of my week in Glacier. I personally recommend going towards Old Man Lake then going down to No Name/Two Medicine as the steady incline the whole way looked a lot better than the rapid increase on the opposite side. Going down No Name was rough on the legs, but I don't think it's avoidable here as the descending trail on either side is roughly 6-8 miles either way.

Dawson Pass was windy as hell but that should be expected. There's a great spot where the wind is calm after it for photos and lunch, but otherwise I recommend trekking through the whole pass. The wind got to me a little bit, it's about ~4 miles of steady in your face wind (my hike started around 0745)

Recommend 4L+ of water or a purifier as No Name/Two medicine/Old Man all have plethora of water (and more streams in between No Name and Two Medicine). I had about 3.5L and was worn out by the wind, the sun and the hike and just finished my water by the time I got to two medicine. This was the toughest day hike I did in the park but was definitely the best

hiking
1 day ago

This trail was a great surprise. Reviews on here make a lot of trails seem more difficult than they really are, but this is a great ~11 mile moderately strenuous to difficult hike. I recommend more than 2L of water and a light jacket for the wind but a great way to spend the day. Started at the Siyeh Bend shuttle stop (TH is behind the guardrail near the creek) and followed the trail to a shuttle stop next to Bearing Falls. Bringing a lunch is a good idea if you start early, can finish the trail around noon and either spend it by Bearing or the lake by the finish shuttle stop. Shuttle took a bit longer to show up for me so you'd have plenty of time to enjoy yourself

hiking
1 day ago

Did this after the highline in the AM, super busy by then but if you park your car at Logan's it makes sense to do this 6 mile round trip to the lake. Water was warm enough to stand a few minutes and probably real nice in late June/July rather than mid August. It's steeper and more difficult than one would think, seeing as it's behind the visitor center, but it's a good way to end a day in the Park

hiking
1 day ago

Solid hike, but the hard difficulty is a mistake as it's an insanely easy hike outside of the distance. The 38.1 miles is the trail to another campground if memory serves, but if you take the shuttle to either The Loop or Logan's Pass, the trail is around 11 miles if you don't go the same way there and back.

Starting from Logan's Pass is easy, barely any elevation increase or decrease and just fantastic views. Going down the loop is rough on the knees, as is every trail in the park I learned. Recommend doing hidden lake after this one (behind logan's pass) and taking a dip, it's a tough trail too but the water felt great.

hiking
1 day ago

Solid hike. When the trail splits for Ptarmigan Tunnel and Iceberg, it's a consistent 2mile uphill that is definitely doable. Did Ptarmigan tunnel trail in the morning then Iceberg once I made it back down, crowds moved in by that time but warm enough to take a dip in the frosty waters. Highly recommend it!

Fantastic hiking trail

hiking
2 days ago

Not a bad trail overall though it is pretty much uphill the entire way up....sooo that means downhill the entire way down....on the bright side this is one of those trails that will give you buns of steel ;D The top is quite nice and relaxing sitting on the lookout post chatting with other hikers.

Side note: my track is pretty accurate minus that very weird line...lol

hiking
2 days ago

Definitely a crowded trail but nonetheless was a great view all around, everything was super picturesque and you can see pretty much all 4 seasons whichever way you look. Spring wildflowers, summer temperatures, fall colors on some trees/brush, and the winter snowcaps around the area. I went all the way down to the lake itself and geez walking back up wasn't very pleasant, but it was worth it nonetheless. Most people stop at the overlook but the walk all the way down to the lake definitely gave you some epic views.

hiking
2 days ago

Extremely heavily trafficked trail, but with beautiful views overlooking Hidden Lake. I recommend taking the shuttle to Logans Pass (parking spots not available after 8 AM). Once you pass the overlook (where the majority of people stop), the traffic dies down and you're able to hike in peace. It's quite the decline (and then eventually incline on the way back) down to the lake but really worth it. There's even a port a pot down by the lake for bathroom! We sat by the lake and had lunch (wow!). We saw wildlife (mountain goat, ram) but have heard of grizzly activity on this trail lately so bring your bear spray!!!

Beautiful trail. Mostly shaded and offers beautiful views of the lake. There are a few trailheads that start from the loop trail that provide views of different waterfalls, overlooks, etc. I enjoyed the Astro falls, but wasn't too impressed by twin falls. If you wish, you can walk half the hike and take the lake shuttle back to the general store. It costs $6.50 ONE WAY or $13 for both ways (if you just want to walk around a little and come back without doing the full thing). We saw a variety of wildlife and the views of the mountains are fantastic. The lake glistens in the sun and there's the ability to rent kayaks/canoe as well!! Beautiful