Grinnell Glacier Trail

MODERATE 221 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

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Amazing hike.

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15 days ago

We took the first boat ride which was supposed to be a ranger led hike, but that portion ended up being cancelled due to the smoke. I was nervous about running into a grizzly, but there was enough safety in numbers on the way up that it wasn't a problem (plus, we didn't end up seeing any grizzlies after all). We saw lots of big horn sheep, even right along the trail, as well as a ptarmigan. Another couple that we ran into on the trail said they spotted something that sounds like a Canadian lynx about 20 yards from where we were, but we didn't actually see it. The smoke was challenging and obstructed the view of the lake that is usually visible from the trail. Despite the challenges, this was a tough but rewarding hike!

15 days ago

It was fabulous even though there was smoke from nearby fires.

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16 days ago

Busy trail because it is so awesome!!!! Glad to see so many people taking on this hike. Stunning views the entire way to keep you distracted from the 2000+ elevation gain!

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17 days ago

This trail is located in Many Glacier, the most beautiful part of the park (IMO). It features incredible views right from the start and once you're up at the glacier, looking back down is stunning! If you're looking for a camp spot and Many Glacier Campground is full (which is usually is in peak months) try hewing Blackbones Campground. Its about a 10-15 minute drive, is beautiful, and always has spots.

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17 days ago

Was completely overwhelmed by the breathtaking sites and sounds on this trail, and surprised by its difficulty but attribute that to problems with adjusting to higher elevation. Bring lots of water, or refill at the falls - the water there is delicious. Trekking polls would have been helpful for the descent.

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18 days ago

Breathtaking views from start to finish, and tons of fun terrain including walking through a little waterfall. Lots of wildlife- don't forget your bear spray, and takes tons of water as you're exposed to the sun the majority of the time. We didn't do the boat ride, which makes the trail longer (around 11 miles), but you can also just take the boat either going or coming back if you want to do all the things :) Grinnell Glacier at the end is AMAZING, take the time to walk around the lake to touch it and listen to the cracking and popping noises- this glacier won't be around for long.

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18 days ago

We hiked to the Glacier last weekend and were lucky to have clear skies. The hike is a steady series of short level areas then uphill gains. A lot of sun exposed areas so extra water is a necessity. We saw a moose in Lake Josephine, a nice ram Mt. sheep and two grizzlies all on the hike.
It is well worth the long day. Leave early so you can spend more time at the glacial lake.