Glacier Lake

MODERATE 27 reviews

Glacier Lake is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cody, Wyoming that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, fishing, and fly fishing and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1443 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic hike with beautiful views. We did it after a large snowfall, so it was a bit tougher as the snow was knee deep in some places, but the views are worth it. Definitely a trail to do again in the spring/summer. Make sure you take bear spray; lots of obviously bear activity in the area (tracks, scratches, & heard one growl thankfully up the mountain a bit).

hiking
3 months ago

This is an amazing hike. They rate it Moderate, but I would lean toward Strenuous because of the high elevation and up hill trek. The distance is about 5 miles round trip, but it is all up hill through craggy terrain. Every switchback has a different, breathtaking view with flourishing flora, pine trees, waterfalls, wild huckleberries, blueberries and raspberries galore. Take lots of water. There are big cuttys in the lake! Don't forget your fly rod.

The "road" is a joke. Basically just a continuous bed of rocks you drive over. We've been on many rough roads before but this takes the cake. Had to turn back. We have a 4wd vehicle, it was just too much of an unpleasant experience.

3 months ago

Great views and the wildflowers were amazing!! Little rough getting up but then you get downhill most the way back! Defiantly wanna try going to the lake beyond next time. Tried a little fishing but no takers

4 months ago

loved it!

4 months ago

The last four miles of the road getting there is pretty rough. Not a lot of trees.

Beautiful trail, the last 4 miles of the road to get there is quite rough, but that part can be walked or biked

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views throughout. The lake is worth the hike and provides breathtaking views. The water is cool and crystal clear. A must do if you are in the area.

5 months ago

Well made trail rises uniformly from parking area, and passes through steep boulder stewn Alpine slopes with sparse new tree growth. Near the top there is still a lot of snow and it obscures the trail. The road in would be hard without high clearance vehicle. Well worth the effort.

8 months ago

Incredible!

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

Outstanding! This is a climb but well worth it. the last half mile is breathtaking. The lake view is outstanding. There just isn't anything I didn't like other than the road to get to it. There was snow and a little ice about half way up the trail but not enough to need snow shoes this time.

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Fantastic hike! Didn't see a lot of wildlife, but it didn't matter--the views were amazing and the lakes at the end were definitely worth the climb. I would say this is on the strenuous side of moderate due to the altitude (I definitely struggled, but I'm a new transplant to the area and maybe am just not used to it yet), but it's pretty short and the switchbacks are relatively low grade and well-maintained. If you have knee problems I would definitely recommend hiking poles--we forgot ours and regretted it on the way down. We brought our medium-size dog along and she loved it, and we saw 3-4 other groups with dogs of varying sizes along the way, all very well-behaved. Took us a total of about 3 hours, including lots of stops and a good amount of time exploring up top. I'll echo what others have said about the road out to the trailhead--do not attempt unless you have AWD and good clearance! It was a great adventure, and we will definitely be back.

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Party of 5 hiked early August. Weather forecast showed showers at 2:00pm... We found them around 10:00am. Light to moderate showers to the lake & back made parts of the trail slippery, but the scenery was still gorgeous. Well traveled trail, and we passed several people with medium sized dogs. The "primitive road" to the trail requires a sturdy vehicle (read truck or suv), don't try to drive a car up there.

hiking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Even in the rain and wind this was an amazing hike! 2.5 hours round trip including time at lake and several stops for photos.

backpacking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Out and back with two families in mid June. 7 and 9 yr old daughters did it. Tough at times but great views.

hiking
Monday, August 31, 2015

Hike is moderately strenuous but short. Great lake for fishing and even better base camp to access several other lakes.

hiking
Sunday, May 31, 2015

Beautiful. But we went in late May and there was still a ton of snow cover. Couldn't make it all the way to the lake. But it was a very pretty hike and not very difficult.

Word of caution. The road into the trailhead is more than just primitive. It's damn rough and you need a high clearance car. It was an adventure.

hiking
Monday, September 08, 2014

A quick day hike, lots of other small lakes can be accessed via this trail head. You will encounter moderate traffic on the trail as it is fairly popular.

hiking
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Despite the very rocky 7mi unpaved road to the trailhead, this hike provides everything a day hike should. The elevation gain from the parking lot is about 1100ft, putting you at over 10k feet elevation. The trail is fairly steep, but very well marked with beautiful wildflowers & waterfalls. Once towards the top, you will find areas that will still have snow & an ice cold lake to fish, have a picnic or take a dip in. It was well worth the effort to get to there! Dog friendly trail too.

hiking
Sunday, November 25, 2012

This is a GREAT trail! We accessed it from Red Lodge, Montana. The hike was relatively moderate if you are in good shape. It offers views of wildflowers and eventually opens up to the beautiful glacier lake which sits on the border of MT & WY. Bring a fishing pole as there were lots of trout in the lake. All in all, one of the best hikes we've been on!

To get to the trail: Drive south on State Hwy 212 (Broadway in Red Lodge) for approximately 11 miles. This first 11 miles is a good, two lane highway. Turn right (west) at the Campgrounds sign on a well marked road to three National Forest campgrounds: Parkside, Limberpine and Greenough Lake. After turning off Highway 212, drive on the paved road for a little over mile across the Wyoming Creek Bridge near Limberpine Campground. The pavement ends as you approach a fork in the road. Turn left for the Glacier Lake Trailhead. The unpaved road follows along Rock Creek gradually climbing for 7 miles to parking, a pit toilet and the Glacier Lake Trailhead

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