Glacier Lake is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red Lodge, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.6 miElevation gain1,492 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Tyler Luderitz
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Steep hike, but 100% worth it for the views. Check it out here when we went mid-summer: https://youtu.be/rBK2_VJjyv4

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Emily Ramage
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Went in October 2020. The hike was challenging with switchbacks up the entire way. The wind on the top can be treacherous, so plan to wear layers. The view from the top is beautiful. Only reasons for 4 stars is that the road to access the trailhead was incredibly bumpy to drive down—would not recommend driving anything with a low clearance.

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sam matz
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The gates are still open but slick dry snow that is impassable about a mile from the trailhead. Ample parking and easy snow traverse up till the upper gate. Supposedly the gates close dec 1 according to a local.

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Perry Riepe
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Mike Davis
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Abhiram Rao
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Amazing hiking trail! Camped out there for 2 days and it was like another planet. It was really windy which made it a little harder to find a campsite, but it worked out.

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C Larson
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Beautiful hike all uphill! Lots of switchbacks, totally worth it! More than one lake at the top, give time to explore them all. Trail was easy to see and very rocky at times. Stunning views along the drive in and out, as well. Great places to camp if looking to stay in the area for awhile, since it takes about 45 minutes to drive the extremely rocky road in.

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Mark Hoover
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Was in the Beartooths 9-13 to 9-16-20, very smokey conditions from all the fires. If strenuous hiking along with breathing in heavy smoke is something that bothers you it may be somewhat difficult right now. I love the drive to the TH, the views are amazing right now, the fall colors are starting to appear! Had Glacier and Emerald Lake all to myself only saw 6 people on the trail all day long. Was shocked to see how low Glacier Lake was probably down 15 to 20' from the last time I had been there! Was also disappointed to see that the glaciers are a dark dirty gray color not white, not sure if that is from the smoke and ash or some other reason. You may not experience it in all its beauty and splendor right now but it is still a worthwhile place to hike to. Go the little extra distance to Emerald Lake as it is a beautiful Lake with scenery also.

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Dylan Aebersold
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Absolutely beautiful. Youre definitely gonna want a high clearance and reliable vehicle.

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K Brown
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Clark Family
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It was very strenuous but the views at the top were amazing. Continue to hike past the first lake where everybody else stops and you'll come to the lake connected to it and have it all to yourself. I gave it four stars instead of five because it was very crowded and there were signs to stay on the path. if you are just looking for a beautiful view, this is the hike for you. if you like getting off the trail and away from crowds, probably still worth it but it won't be your favorite.

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Dawn Benth
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Jennifer Rogers
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You definitely want a vehicle with decent tires and good ground clearance. 7 miles of gravel and rock from road to trailhead. Bathroom at the trailhead. Last mile of the hike plateaued out. The rest in the beginning is a climb. I didn’t have poles, but some might find it useful if camping. Be sure to wear waterproof shoes if you plan on walking around the lake/dam. Also, loose gravel and dirt can be expected on the way down. Shoot for the boots with better traction for this one or you’ll slide on the way down. It was absolutely gorgeous today. No bugs, good breeze. There were dogs that were off leash.

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William Mattarolo
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A well traveled and well maintained trail that you’ll gain most of the elevation early on. If you get a chance check out mountain goat and mountain sheep lake.

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Jacqueline Parker
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The trail is nice, it would however be even nicer if people kept their dogs on a leash if they don’t have 100% control over them. The lake was beautiful. Bugs were not bad when we went as others have described. The road out wasn’t that bad. Take a truck and you’re good.

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Kaitlyn Mitchell
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Trail is nice. Kinda buggy so don’t stop for too long unless you have bug spray. Also bring a light jacket for up at the lake. Gets windy but gorgeous view and hike :)

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Travis Tate
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Great trail, but start early in the day, I seen at least 100 people on the trail and at the lake. Hiking poles are a plus on the trail as well as good boots. Lots of great views and well worth the hike. I did it with a 40lb pack with plenty off breaks on the way up.

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Kaylee Vandjelovic
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Great day hike!! Quite a busy trail so try to go as early as possible. We explored past Glacier Lake to Triangle Lake - highly recommend, but expect a lot of boulder hopping. My 60 year old in-laws were able to keep up the entire time. We hiked over 9 miles in total, including a pit stop at Emerald Lake on the way back down. Another beautiful hike in the Beartooths!

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M J
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Amazing hike! Start early as it can get crowded in later morning and early afternoon. Steady uphill with switchbacks. Trail can be rocky at times. The view of the lake is just incredible. One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Worth the drive and the effort. Took us around 4 hours in total (we spent some time hanging out at the lake) but we are also flat landers :).

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John Winter
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right on for difficulty start early and you have the trail to yourself nice bridge bring bear spray

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Sarthak Sahu
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to sum it up, it's like a mini version of a Tetons canyon hike. somewhat steep, but good level for moderate hikers. great views along the way, beautiful peaceful lake on top. saw some people fishing. extremely buggy. THE ROAD TO GET HERE IS CRAZY ROCKY. DO NOT BRING LOW CLEARANCE CARS

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Kali Irvin
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As a beginner hiker, this hike was a lot on the way up. There’s plenty of space to take breaks as needed (mosquitoes were active) and I was not the only one struggling to adjust to the altitude change, BUT the views were astonishing and the hike down was much easier. Took about two hours for me to reach the lake and only 55 minutes to make it down. Highly recommend.

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Dana Sckittone
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Beautiful hike, pretty steady uphill climb the whole way. Plenty of people on the trail but not many continued past Glacier Lake. bring water shoes to get across the dam. Emerald Lake is beautiful and just a little further around the edge of Glacier and past Little Glacier. I saw a mountain goat at Emerald!

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Emmett Spooner
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Jenny Keller
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My husband and I did an overnight here. The road up to the trail head is all gravel and graded well for the first 4 - 5 miles then it’s very rocky and bumpy - so just slow. Plenty of turn outs when meeting on coming cars. There is a park toilet at the parking lot. The hike is just beautiful: Wildflowers, waterfalls, tiny streams and impressive granite walls. The trail is a series of mostly steep short switchbacks, with boulder steps and lots of rocks. The trail is very easy to follow. I recommend water resistant boots or wading sandals to cross the spill way at the dam. The trail continues to little Glacier lake and Emerald lake. Plenty of places to fish and relax. Our night there was very relaxing and private. We only saw one other family camping at a great distance. We were visited by mountain goats twice in the night.

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amy walton
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this is a beautiful trail. Flowers everywhere. there is just a titch of snow left up near the lake but it just makes for a muddy spot. I did encounter some mosquitos but I used a lemon eucalyptus spray and they left me alone after that. the road is definitely very rocky for the last 4 miles or so just plan to take your time driving in and out. which isn't a bad thing since it is a very beautiful and scenic drive.

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Jennifer Hawkinson
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This is one of my new favorite day hikes in the Red Lodge area. The entire hike offers insanely beautiful views, the trail was very well kept and Glacier Lake.... incredible. Our small dog did great, we saw a ton of young kids, this hike is for everyone. Mid-July, only had snow in one spot at the very end. The road to the trailhead is definitely bumpy, would recommend a higher profile vehicle, or just drive real slow :) Highly recommend this hike!

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