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Glacier Lake Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Condon, Montana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.1 mi Elevation gain 485 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Description
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As of August 2019, the road leading to Glacier Lake is closed from August to September. Glacier Lake Trail is relatively easy and travels through thick woods. The trail is flanked by many species of wildflowers and wild edible berries such as huckleberries and raspberries.

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Reviews (44)
Photos (31)
Recordings (19)
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matt anderson
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HikingMuddy

The hike was good but it was raining. Trail is in good shape but becoming overgrown in a few areas. The dirt road to the trailhead is in good shape. Beautiful view when you get to the lake, I imagine its alot better in the sunshine.

Connor Ciesemier
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HikingBugs

Relatively flat and short, with a great payoff at the end. A little buggy near the lake. Parking lot was full when we left around 1pm on a Tuesday.

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Kailee Butler
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Hiking

The trail is well maintained and clearly marked. We saw lots of berry bushes but none were ripe yet. The lake was absolutely beautiful and our pups had a blast swimming.

Joanna Adams
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HikingBugs

This is a great trail! The only struggle is with little kids we ended up not being able to make one of the creek crossings because the water was so so high and roaring over the log bridge. This was in mid-July and a particularly wet year so might be worth considering if taking little kids on the trail.

Wendy Flynn
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HikingBugs

The Glacier Lake trail is an easy/moderate hike that leads to a beautiful high mountain lake. There are 3 interesting log bridges along the route. Be sure to wear mosquito spray!

Jessica Nymark
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HikingBugs
Corey Brannan
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Hiking

This was a fun trail with our 7 year old. The trail to Glacier lake is well established and the perfect length for kids. We had a great time and look forward to returning and hiking in further to the other lakes.

Elizabeth Withnall
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HikingBugsFloodedSnow

We wanted a longer hike so bypassed Glacier Lake and hiked farther up the trail to Crescent Lake. We got a late start or would have continued to Turquoise Lake. The trail is easy/moderate although the water was pretty high and our dog was scared crossing one of the logs over the creek. At one point early in the hike the trail was under water and you have to wade through it to reach the other side. Gorgeous overlook of Glacier Lake from above. Mosquitoes were ferocious, bring repellent.

Riley League
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HikingBridge out

As people have noted, the road to this trailhead is closed. As an alternative, I recommend hiking to crystal lake just a couple miles to the south. It doesn’t look like the trail is on this app but if you’re interested in a beautiful and very remote hike through dense wilderness to a pristine mountain lake, then it’s worth poking around for. If you turn off the highway to go to Lindbergh Lake and follow the dirt road up into the mountains you’ll come to the trailhead.

Holly T.
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Hiking

The Kraft Creek Road (Forest Road 561) on the Swan Lake Ranger District will be closed from Aug. 1-Aug. 30 for bridge replacement work. A new concrete bridge will replace the existing wooden bridge across Glacier Creek. Closure of Kraft Creek Road located in section 35 T20N, R17W ...

Ashley Wells-Wood
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Hiking

FYI The road to glacier lake trailhead is closed August 1-Sept 1, 2019.

Renee Wells
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Hiking

The description says the trail is best used June - Oct. so why is the trail closed from Aug 1 - Sept. 1?

DoctorofaCertainSize .
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Hiking

Great shorter hike. A few areas of steep, rockier trail, but very navigable for kids and we saw a remarkable 80 year old lady up there knocking it out. We had the lake to ourselves for a half hour at about 11 in the morning on a Sunday before moving on to Crescent Lake. Lots of huckleberries to pick also. Lake is absolutely beautiful. Dog friendly.

Veronica Siebert
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! My mother and I took this hike around noon, and it was a lot less crowded then we worried it would be. The hike follows the river, which is beautiful, and has great bridges that let you walk right over some small falls! The lake is beautiful as well; it’s a really stunning bright blue. Very easy!

J T
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HikingBugs

Pretty glorious 11 mile wash boarded gravel roadto trailhead. Great views on approach. Sunscreen and bug spray for the shaded valleys highly recommended. Dont forget your bear spray tho we thankfully didnt see any. Glacier lake was so purdy didnt even seem real. Well worth it. The bridges were like straight out of Goonies. Cool hike.

Fish the 406
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Hiking

Awesome trail, very easy hike and some sweet scenery. Fishing is also great if you want to go that route. There is a massive waterfall on the other end of the lake. I was talking to a couple and they said there is a trail that goes there, but it is not maintained. I did not go directly to the waterfall, but we floated the lake and fished. It is up on youtube if you want to check it out "fish the 406".

Kellyn Fusfield
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful trail, so perfect it could be out of a movie. Glacier Lake is a breathtaking destination. I take all my friends and family who visit Montana on this easy hike. High traffic, but for good reason! Highly recommend.

Christopher LaFleur
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Hiking

One of the prettiest fall color trails you will find in early October. The drive in passes many striking fall scenes as well.

Meredith Stewart
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Easy trail with well maintained Creek crossings ending in gorgeous mountain lake views. Often quite busy despite the lengthy drive to the trailhead

R Gooch
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Nice easy trail. scenery was awesome.

Lori D.
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Just beautiful.

Jacob Hixson
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Camping

I had intended on taking my family (wife + our 4 kiddos age 9 and younger) on a hiking / fishing / camping trip. The hike is not challenging. Well maintained trail. However, ** Glacier lake is DAY USE ONLY ** So, instead of a 1.5 mile hike, we went on a 3.5 mile hike to the next lake in, which is Crescent Lake. I’m not trying to whine. The hike was great. Kids did okay. The annoyance is that we were not mentally prepared to hike that much farther which resulted in me carrying 1 kid along with an extra pack 2/3 of the way up and most of the way down. Just something I wish I would have known. So I could have had a better heads up, or could have chosen a closer camping destination. All that aside, it was a great family outing. Caught a few fish 10-12”. A few nice camping spots. We will most likely be back at some point. Also, Heart Lake is probably only another .25 / .5 miles away from Crescent.

Nick Holloway
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Hiking

Very nice trail along beautiful Glacier Creek to a gorgeous lake at the end to soak your feet in. Three interesting creek crossings along the route.

Keegan Swanson
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Hiking

I’ve done this trail multiple times and it’s beautiful.

Will Windham
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Backpacking
First to Review

Okay, so I'd give it a 4.5 if you go on a weekday on an off week. Good hike with a few beautiful vista lookouts on the way up to the lakes. Defiantly worth the hike!

William W.
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Hiking
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Steve Salazar
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Hiking
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Elizabeth Bobowiec
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