Grinnell Glacier Trail

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Grinnell Glacier Trail is a 9.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Babb, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, fishing, and fly fishing and is best used from June until September.

Distance: 9.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,040 feet Route Type: Out & Back

fishing

hiking

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

bugs

snow

no dogs

Please note: Areas of this hike may be closed even into June due to lingering snow. Please consult the park's website before visiting.

hiking
1 day ago

Super beautiful climb! Gets quite cold and wet at the top, so bring extra layers. Great views!

hiking
2 days ago

they took down the snow warning sign as we were heading back today. there was only 1 small spot where you had to cross snow and it was not difficult at all. one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful. Be aware of bears! Great pairing with Grinnel Lake.

hiking
snow
3 days ago

Hiked all the way to the end at the glacier on 7/11/19. As others are posting, had to cross snow fields, which if you take time and have hiking poles, makes it much easier. We took the wrong path just before the picnic area at a switch back that we missed. Family of mountain goats we had to move over to let pass on the way back down which was great! Also a large moose below the waterfall area. One of the best hikes we have ever done.

hiking
bugs
4 days ago

mozzies everywhere, just dont stop for too long perfect views all around bit of wildlife here and there, heavily trafficked after 11am flip flops ok for those inclined and skilled enough, but it's long! the 1 degree water will give you hypothermia even on a warm day so be careful!

hiking
snow
4 days ago

This hike was amazing!! There was a sign warning of snow making hike dangerous and most people we noticed were not doing the whole hike due to snow patches. However we found them easy to walk over. Hiking poles would have helped a little bit not necessary. Recommend going early (we started hiking around 8:30) to get parking and also to get the trail to yourself!! The view from the lake at the very top was incredible and we left early enough we got the entire place to ourself. Bring bear spray we heard of 4 bears other hikers saw that day (one group of 3, and one single one), but we never saw them. This hike was so amazing and the view from the very top (.2 ish miles from the picnic area) where it dead ends to the giant lake is so amazing! It was long but no where was super steep it was very a gradual climb. Definitely go to the top and make sure your shoes have good traction for snowy areas. The snow is well patted down and flat from other hikers so you can cross if you are careful.

hiking
5 days ago

Lotta wildlife out there my dudes!! Totally rad hike! Best I've ever done, keep calm and hike on my friends

hiking
rocky
snow
6 days ago

Saw a couple moose, a three-toed woodpecker, and a lot of amazing views! Last section of hike was marked with snowy terrain and was a hike at your own risk.

hiking
snow
6 days ago

This was our favorite hike in Glacier, it was breathtaking the whole way with the views. Trail is clearly marked and had steady traffic the whole way. We went past the closed portion, but didn’t make it all the way to the glacier due to snow. Several groups were going all the way to the end but we chose not to risk climbing over melting snowfields with such a large drop to the valley below. Definitely worth it regardless of not being able to finish! Did 8.2 miles total and took about 4 hours with snack and photo stops.

hiking
snow
7 days ago

This has to be my best hike so far! We hiked this 7/11/19. PLENTY of beautiful views to go around! The first 2 miles is pretty flat, and then starts to grade up. There was a sign after around 3.5 miles warning us about snow. There were about 5 icy spots that we had to navigate, 4 of which had alternative paths right below. Best take your poles since the ice can be very slippery due to hiker activity. There’s nothing but falling down to the valley below if you have bad footing. There was also a spot we had to hike through a small waterfall. The glacier up above was calm and silent. It is sad to see the degradation of it over time. On our way back, we spotted a grizzly on our trail. But another gentleman and I, with bear sprays, were able to scare it off. There was another grizzly in the valley below. Stay safe, there are warning signs all around warning you of frequent bear activity. The last part of the hike up is pretty challenging! But once you’re up, you won’t be disappointed.

Amazing views the whole way. Was signs saying dangerous due to snow but many people were passing. made it all the way up to grinnell overlook. saw mountain goat family on the way up.

hiking
bugs
snow
9 days ago

Amazing hike! There was a warning at about the 3.5m mark but we proceeded because we are experienced and avalanche trained. There were about 4 snow crossing that was were fairly easy to do with no concerns. It was a very busy hike until the warning sign and then just a few people continued on. Absolutely gorgeous with the two glaciers after hiking past 3 lakes and all the wild flowers. So sad to see how far the glacier has receded (pics avail in the MG Hotel). There was a family of mountain goats at the top (two babies) and one young male moose at the bottom lake (Josephine). Sadly it was scared and waded through the water trying to get to shore where no people were but they kept crowding it trying to get pictures until the boat driver yelled at them to give it room. Recently, where I live, a poor moose drown and died in a lake because there were too many tourists trying to take pictures and it was too scared, stressed and tired to get to safety. PLEASE respect the wildlife - this is THEIR HOME!

hiking
9 days ago

Pretty amazing hike, trail was closed about 6 or 7 miles in due to snow on the trail, that didn’t really stop anyone including a dude in crocs from crossing the snow. It wasn’t too bad going out but coming back was pretty sketchy, was a lot easier with hiking poles. If you can make it to the glacier and upper lake, it is worth the trip.

One of my favorite all time hikes. It reminds me of Lake Louise without the crowds.

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked June 20th, 2019. We were dropped off at the parking lot. The hike is easy at the start as you hike along a lake and then another, being Grinnell Lake. We started our ascent to the Glacier and stopped where the sign said, due to snowfall and meeting up with an off duty Glacier Park Ranger who also stopped. On our way back down, a grizzly bear was coming up the path. We had to turn around back up and wait. We continued this for almost an hour until the few of us with bear spray walked down the trail, yelling random things, until the bear finally got off the trail. We told a few Europeans about the Grizzly and carrying bear spray and one said “Do you spray the bear with it or onto ourselves!” PLEASE READ THE BEAR HANDOUT THEY GIVE YOU AT THE ENTRANCE STATION! This was one of the best hikes we’ve ever experience and the grizzly bear was the (unwanted) cherry on the top!

hiking
10 days ago

This hike will take quite a while and can be crowded at times! It’s very picturesque the entire hike, stunning. If you haven’t seen a glacier up close and personal, this is your hike.

hiking
11 days ago

Beyond amazing. Decent amount of snow covering parts of the trail but worth the slight risk!

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked the full trail 7/05/19. Large snow banks still in the area but able to cross them. An abundance of wildflowers, incredible views of the lakes, & lots of wildlife. The glacier itself was breath taking! This is our favorite day hike in the area!

hiking
11 days ago

The trail has a warning sign at the lookout point warning hikers of snow and hazardous conditions. MANY people (including us) went around the sign and were able to make it to very top! There is a ranger at the first snow crossing to make sure people are being safe passing. People were crossing in tennis shoes. We went with crampons and poles. It's very do-able, just need to be very careful. The views are incredible the whole way up!!

hiking
snow
12 days ago

Views of Grinnel glacier and looking down on lower Grinnel lake are awesome. We hiked on 7/1, and parts of the path in last mile to glacier (past the warning sign) were snow covered (with some high angles).

hiking
12 days ago

Hiked this trail on June 22 with my wife and 5 of my kids age 4,7,8,13, and 14. Fresh snow on trail from the night before. Had to help my 4 year old over some snow at two slippery spots (one at the bridge by Dream Lake) but otherwise she handled the trail pretty easily. Trail wasn’t too congested but we did have to wait a few minutes at the bridge by Dream Lake, due to the slippery packed snow, but everyone was pleasant and helped one another. Views along the trail were very pretty. Emerald Lake was still mostly frozen over but worth the trip!

hiking
12 days ago

Incredible views with every turn as you climb this trail. I started at Many Glacier hotel and couldn’t go all the way to the glacier due to trail closure (unstable due to snow). Lots of hikers along the way. Several people saw bears, I did not. I did see a marmot and snakes! The mountains, lakes, wild flowers were the highlights of this hike for me. Do it!

hiking
snow
14 days ago

Hiked on July 2. A pretty pleasant trail, passed the rope at 3.5 mile marker and further three snow patches after the falls. However failed to make the last half mile to the glacier due to no traceable tracks can be found and incoming thunderstorms . The view is great and worthwhile every efforts.

hiking
bugs
muddy
14 days ago

hiking
snow
14 days ago

Hiked on 30/06/19 and there was a snow sign at the 3.5 mile mark. Wasn't able to make it all the way to Upper Grinnell Lake because of that reason, but nonetheless it was a spectacular hike. The views of Lower Grinnell Lake are unparalleled.

hiking
muddy
off trail
snow
16 days ago

We stopped about a mile shy of the top yesterday. Went across one snow patch, around/ under two on a makeshift trail made by others, and behind one. Love love loved this trail and the views!

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