Grinnell Glacier Trail

MODERATE 238 reviews
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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

snow

no dogs

hiking
8 days ago

A truly beautiful hike with amazing scenery. It's not a hard hike to do, however towards the end of the hike there is a serious amount of snow that made it basically impossible to make it all the way to the glacier. Still a great hike.

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked: Mid-October 2017
Weather: recent snowfall and VERY windy
Wildlife: goats, elk, grizzly, deer
Boats were not operating at time
Bathrooms and picnic tables at the trailhead

Arrived about 11am. Enjoyed getting the heart pumping with a brisk walk bc boats were done for the season. Lots of canopy coverage at this point. The trail becomes slightly steeper, but definitely manageable. This is about the time you look back and get gorgeous views of the lakes.

At this point in the hike, other hikers pointed out a bear much further walking up the trail. We continued on to warn hikers in front of us about the bear, which we thought was black. We were about 1.5 miles from the end when we viewed the grizzly bear at a safe distance. Waited about an hour before turning around bc the winds were supposed to be even worse that afternoon and the bear was still eating about 100+ yards from us, but about 50 feet off the trail ahead. Hey... a bear’s gotta eat and I can definitely relate! Still sad I didn’t finish a hike I had planned for so long, but the journey was still wonderful.

Will definitely be back to complete this hike in the future!

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1 month ago

Great hike with amazing views. Did the hike without the boat rides. Did this one Mid June and snow still present towards the end of trail. Lots of beautiful wildflowers. Nearing the glaciers, going around a bend were fresh grizzly tracks. Keep bear spray accessible. Did this one with 2 kids 14 and 12 who were absolutely amazed at the views & not focused on distance.

hiking
1 month ago

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!❄️ without taking the boat, it’s more like 12 miles round trip.

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1 month ago

one of top trails in Glacier Nat Park - get on the trail EARLY and carry bear spray! can shorten hiking distance by taking boat across 2 lakes. Lots of wildlife!

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1 month ago

This was an amazing hike, the views literally never stopped. When we reached the Glacier I almost cried it was so beautiful. I'm not sure I've ever seen anything that spectacularly beautiful in my life. The hike is not hard, a little over 2k elevation gain spread out over 5.5 miles to the top. It was a little steeper at the end but you're so excited you barely notice. We brought shoe spikes (like yak trax) which was really nice with the fresh fallen snow and ice in the AM but definitely not required. The temp differences from start to finish are pretty staggering so bring layers. We had a winter jacket in our packs and that made our time at Glacier super pleasant compared with others who barely moved due to being frozen. Pack bear spray (don't even consider this hike without it) although we didn't encounter one we did meet a woman who had been followed by a grizzly just moments before we passed her. We were charged by a huge ram on the way up that we accidentally surprised but he only did it for a few seconds and then stopped but the spray would have worked on the ram had we needed it. The rams blocked our path on the way down too but it was all part of the thrill of the hike. We waited about a half hour and then they moved on. We had lunch just over the bridge on the way to Lake Grinnell (a quick detour) on a little sand bar facing the glaciers and mountains and it was breathtakingly beautiful. I highly recommend that. Overall there isn't a hike anywhere that packs in so much beauty and excitement in my humble opinion.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Went up early. Last mile or so was snow and ice and very windy at the top. Hat and gloves were appreciated. Not a challenging hike but an amazing one.

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