Grinnell Lake Trail

EASY 40 reviews
#8 of 114 trails in

Grinnell Lake Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near East Glacier Park, Montana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
462 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

A beautiful hike to a glacial lake beneath a massive melting glacier. This is one of the most beautiful hikes in the entire National Park. The wonderfully maintained park trail will take you past beautiful lakes onto steep hillsides with sweeping views of waterfalls and glaciers all around you. You will probably see a lot of wildlife on the trip as well so be ready with your camera. When you get to Grinnell Lake you will see icebergs (no joke) floating in the lake from the rapidly retreating Grinnell Glacier. It is not advisable to walk on the glacier as there are crevasses but if you are careful and are there during the late summer the crevasses should be very visible and you can take a very cautious stroll onto the ice.

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Very easy trail with good views and lots of scenery. Saw a moose in Josephine Lake. Was told normally a lot of bears can be found on hike but due to dry summer berry season wasn't good and as such bears are at higher elevations. Very easy hike for my 4 and 5 years olds.

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We didn't do this hike as a loop and started from the Swiftcurrent parking lot off Many Glacier Rd. Saw a baby and momma moose, and a doe also popped out of the bushes at the lake and hung around where we were sitting maybe ten feet away from us.

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This trail is one of the higher rated trails in our guidebook but we thought it was a bit overrated. You have the option to take the trailhead from the Many Glacier hotel or take a $25 boat ride to cut off part of the distance. We would recommend taking the boat if you're able.

The trail is mostly flat but pretty overgrown most of the way. Highlights include: wildlife, a really awesome suspension bridge, fun plank trails, cute and convenient outhouses.

The boats leave at specific times throughout the day and fill up quickly. We recommend booking ahead of time!

We hiked in July 2017 and there was a bridge out near the end so you'll have to ford the water. There are plenty of shallow places to walk in the water but you'll want to take off your shoes and be prepared for cold toes!

Best photo opportunities are before the sun gets too low in the sky. Try to hike before mid afternoon.

3 months ago

Cheeky climb to an amazing overlook of Grinell Lake . The last bit of the trail was closed due to snow pack so we ended up doing a rather strenuous 7 miles . We took a quick dip in the lake on our way back near the boat shuttle dock . Cold but so refreshing after a hot day . It's a very sunny trail with little shade , so go early and bring a hat and plenty of sunscreen.

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3 months ago

Most amazing views! Saw wildlife, mountain goats, and a bull moose. Hiked the whole way from the lodge and took the ferry back.

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