Grinnell Glacier Trail

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Grinnell Glacier Trail is a 9.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near East Glacier Park, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September.

DISTANCE
9.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2286 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

trail running

lake

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

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11 hours ago

We went in August of this past year. Very challenging but totally worth it. It feels other-worldly at the top

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6 days ago

Spectacular!! Go because they won't be around too much longer.

7 days ago

I thought it was a hard trail, but the view is AMAZING.

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8 days ago

Tried to hike to the glacier on June 18th. 2017. However trail was hike at own risk! Sign said highly recommended to not cross steep snow drifts with water running under them. Beautiful trail. Will have to come back in July or august sometime to see. Not many trails available in June. Even the Sun Road is closed still.

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28 days ago

Might be my favorite hike anywhere, and I've done some incredible ones. The views along the entire trail are second to none; I actually feel the trail itself is more scenic than the destination, Grinnell Glacier and Upper Grinnell Lake. Highly recommend taking the boat ride across Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes; this will shave 3 miles off of what's a lengthy hike, and you skip over a mostly boring walk through the woods. Once you get off the second boat, the hike quickly ascends up some switchbacks and the incredible views begin. We once stumbled upon a grizzly and two cubs between the two boat docks, none of us carrying bear spray. We slowly backed away and got lucky. This is definitely a must hike

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1 month ago

heavily trafficked, but still absolutely beautiful. One of my favorite hikes to date. Be sure to bring water. Also, bring a jacket, when you reach the Glacier it gets chilly.
Best done in late summer, otherwise you might have to turn back because of snow on the trail.
Be cautious of Grizzlies!

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2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Pretty easy going for the most part. There are some serious cutbacks as you get closer to the glacier.

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2 months ago

Took the two boats from the lodge to the trail head in late summer of 2016. Gorgeous views.

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3 months ago

One of the best hikes i have done. Start early, it gets super crowded! The views and scenery is amazing! I highly recommend this trail if you are in Glacier NP! - Compelted July 2016

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3 months ago

Hiked this trail in July 2014, the last during a 3-day stay at Many Glacier Campground. Among the ones we hiked (Iceberg Lake Trail on the first day, and Cracker Lake Trail on the second, Grinnell Glacier Trail on the last), this one offered the greatest diversity in landscape, wildlife, and activities. The glacial lake was sort of a combination of the former two lakes. We saw a moose, marmots, bighorn sheep (the sheep seem to hang out there all the time), rocks and wildflowers of various colors, a waterfall, three lakes with distinctive features.

Interesting geology and history, too, if you sign up for the ranger led program. I highly recommend it. Taking a boat ride to cross the Swiftcurrent and Lower Grinnell Lakes saves time and energy for more interesting landscapes to follow.

I also recommend watching some videos about the recession of the Grinnell Glacier before you go. You will appreciate the experience and beautiful scenery more.

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3 months ago

About 13 miles round trip, but worth every step! Pretty steep elevation gain, and some rough terrain, but the views are awe inspiring. The weeping wall about halfway up is really cool to check out. Also, be prepared for dramatic weather changes. It can be 70 at the trail head, but freezing rain near the glaciers.