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Still a great trail in December. Found minimal ice, completed in 45 minutes. the wind coming out of the canyon at the top was brutal at 30 degrees in the valley so dress warm.

hiking
1 day ago

quiet and be ready for a swim

hiking
2 days ago

Only downside was the smoke closing the view from the wild fires in Sept.

One of the most beautiful hikes I've done and favorite that we did in Glacier. It's a fairly long hike and the scenery is great. You truly get to experience everything from crossing creeks on log bridges, trekking through the woods and then the final approach to cracker lake is a breeze. Make sure to plan accordingly and you MUST go the extra ~1 mile down to the lake shore. Gorgeous blue that I've never seen before nestled below the Glacier and surrounded by mountains on all sides.

Went during the Thanksgiving break in Nov 2017. It was snowy and icy for most of the trail. Slippery without ice grippers for soles. The trail itself is not very challenging. A couple of good views and interesting creek crossings. It was a good place to get out to.

The reviews and photos for this “trail” are all over the place. Some of the photos are on the xcountry ski trail, others appear to be on the Lakeside to Blacktail trail which is NOT a loop. It appears from other reviews that people did not even know where they were. Very untrustworthy, and not dependable.

hiking
4 days ago

If you are looking for a trail that has steep switchbacks through the woods, with no noteworthy views for most of the hike, and little more than a dirt road at the end, then this is the hike for you! With the exception of a nice view of the lake at the beginning of the hike, this was a pretty disappointing hike.

This is a nice lakeside park, with excellent beach access for small watercraft.

skiing
4 days ago

backpacking
4 days ago

First few days of August my brothers and I did Redgap Pass to POIA. The trail up to POIA is pretty heavily wooded, passing a shallow marshy lake. Right off the bat we came into contact with a bull elk that moved off through the bush. This section of the trail had an unreal amount of scat on the trail that wasn't bear other wild animals. When we made it to camp we realized that another camper had pack llamas, which was where all the scat came from. Stick your head right through the bushes at tent site and you have incredible views of POIA lake and the valley. Next day was from POIA over Redgap Pass and back to Helen Lake, a little over 15 miles. You will definitely earn it on the way up to Redgap. Also take note that there was only 1 legitimate fill up for water about halfway up from a small waterfall. The views of Elizabeth lake, Crowfoot Mountain, and the Ahern Glacier were incredible from atop Redgap Pass. Second night was at Helen Lake, definitely the most dramatic views from camp. Third night was at Elizabeth lake which was the nicest campground setup we saw. Ample "tree benches" and food prep area. All of the campgrounds had an outhouse. We did not see any bear on the trip but we did see another cow elk near Helen Lake, and then a large bull moose at Elizabeth campground. We exited out through the Ptarmigan tunnel.

Gorgeous hike, seemed like a well maintained trail. It got snowy in the afternoon which made the trail a little harder on the way down. Be aware there's a decent distance between the parking lot and the start of the trail so it will probably take a little longer than expected. The switchbacks were long with a relatively constant small incline, which made going up challenging, but the view at the top was so worth it. Breathtaking spot.

Did this trail on horse back in summer 2016. Perfect!!