Grinnell Glacier Trail

MODERATE 83 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 is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and fly fishing and is best used from July until September.

9.8 miles 2286 feet Out & Back

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

lake

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

18 days ago

hiking
20 days 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

hiking
21 days 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.

hiking
23 days 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked in mid-August, outstanding weather and conditions!

Get started early to beat the crowd and the afternoon heat. The trail starts off flat as you pass the first lake, and continually rises in elevation till the end. Plenty of rest locations and the trail is well defined. Take your time and enjoy the scenery. It is absolutely worth it to go to the top and see the lake with icebergs floating. You can even touch a few of them!

To hike out, simply return the way you came in, and enjoy the sequence of the lakes. Great day hike, set aside at least 6-8 hours of time to complete.

Take lots of pictures!

2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

I have never seen anything more beautiful. I felt like I was hiking in Switzerland. Getting to see mountains all around was such an amazing experience. I was there during this past summer in June and I would recommend this hike to everyone.

4 months ago

Beautiful. We went at the end of October, and basically had the trail to ourselves. A little strenuous, but doable (and I am not in great shape). The entire hike was unbelievably beautiful.

hiking
5 months ago

This is an awesome hike. If you take the boat to the Swift-current pass can reduce the total round trip to 7.5m-8miles. All through the hike the scenery is beautiful ! You also get to see the ice burgs floating in the water at the glacier. Worth all the hard work.

beautiful trail

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome hike. Long but not technical with gradual incline to the glacier. Continue on past glacier to Angel Wings summit for a bonus. Oh yeah, bring bear spray!

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Our first trip to Glacier did not disappoint. The hike was great & the views unbelievable.

hiking
6 months ago

This hike is well worth the trek. A bit strenuous in areas, and a lot of uphill battles throughout, but the views are so worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

The perfect hike. Lake views the entire hike. Picturesque. When we went, Ptarmigan and Iceberg trails were closed due to bear activity so there were lots and lots of people on Grinnell.

trail running
6 months ago

Great run! Did the whole thing in 2hrs 30min 18km