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this was one of my favorite trails!

loved this hike! the views were amazing and we got to see a moose ☺️. it is quite the hike but it was well worth the views!

backpacking
8 days ago

Plenty of berries to eat. Ouzel lake is full of mosquitoes, but the rest of the path was ok. Trail had a lot of horse poop.

most beautiful trail i have ever done!! it is long and gorgeous the entire way. you hike along the hill side, and end up at a warming house! it hailed and snowed on our hike, but id do it again in a heart beat! it was so fun. check the shuttle time at end of trail, so you don't have to walk miles back to parking lot!

Hiked August 2017. Started at St. Mary’s trailhead and hiked to Gunsight Lake. Took about 6.5 hours round trip and was well worth it. Hiked alongside a river/ marsh almost the entire way surrounded by mountains above us. This was perfect habitant for many animals as we saw Elk, Deer, and signs of Bear and Moose. Also available were endless huckleberry bushes to snack on. Highly recommend for a moderate and medium distance out and back.

18 days ago

The most constant stunning views of any hike I have ever completed. Hiked in August 2017 so the park was filled with smoke from the fires, but this hike offered stunning views along the ridge. Also offered a bit of adrenaline walking along a ridge with a drop that would not be very survivable. Overall would highly recommend and will surely hike again.

19 days ago

My favorite hike of all time. Cannot begin to describe the views. If you go to GNP in July or August, there's a good chance the trail will be open as it depends on how much snow needs to be cleared. If you time it right, you can do some of the hike with a ranger, who will fill you in on details about the park you may not otherwise know. It is very steep, with a few dangerous drop offs, but there is a handrail when the trail narrows. If you have the time, you can hike to one of the chalets. Keep your eyes out for the garden wall, so beautiful.

Great views, solitude, fishing !

We hiked it the latter half of August 2018. The trail was busy. All types of hikers; flip flops with no water and experienced hikers. The flip floppers didn't go very far, thankfully. Lots of goats and sheep and small varmit. The smoke from the fires made the stay at Granite Park Chalet, along with no maturity of the staff (nice but no adults in charge) unbearable. We were to have stayed 2 nights but left after one, losing the money on that second night. We weren't the only ones not happy, there was a newlywed couple on their honeymoon who had a sad experience, too. We have stayed years at the sister chalet Sperry. Sperry had very good staffing with an adult in charge. Never going back to Granite Park for an overnight. Great hike thru with a lunch stop is recommended...... amazing hike ! Giving the hike 5 stars and the staffing at the chalet, 1 star......

Absolutely beautiful hike!!! Bring water, I went in June and wasn't expecting it to be 90 degrees already! There also isn't much shade. The view at Elk Lake was an excellent reward at the end. So beautiful, but cooooold (don't jump in). There are a couple parts where you have to either jump on the rocks to cross little streams or just trudge straight through (like i did) so keep that in mind when choosing your shoes. The road leading to the hike was a little rough so drive with caution. I will definitely be doing this hike again!

Long hike but not too much elevation. The color of the water is beautiful, and if you’re feeling up to it (and have a swimsuit or change of clothes), hop on in! It’s cold but not too bad, even on a day when there was smoke and some clouds covering most of the sun, I wasn’t cold afterwards. Make sure to look out for trail closures, the entire pathway is lined with berries perfect for bears!

Went in mid December during the week. Had the entire trail to myself. The scenery is great. Very windy this time of the year but it was well worth it. Recommend it.

hiking
1 month ago

Came to Glacier at end of the June. Most trails we wanted to do were still closed due to ice/snow. Ranger recommended this one. It ended up being our favorite trail in the park. Panoramic view at top was stunning. Saw a herd of 9ish bighorn sheeps on our way down. It was super windy on the day of our hike. We estimate around 60 mph wind speed. We had to crawl at times. It was still worth the time and effort.

Solid hike for a workout. Did it with little snow at the beginning, and once up a 1000 feet, there was 2 feet of snow. Completed in 4 1/2 hours. The lake is surrounded by cool rock faces and decent mountains .

fishing
1 month ago

We didn’t go too far but the river is beautiful! We did not catch any fish here but did see several big ones :)

Super wild

backpacking
2 months ago

Hit up this trail on our first day heading into the BOB. Great eye opener for what was to come for a city slicker like myself. This trail whooped my butt but was a great time. Highly recommend it!

on Scenic Point

hiking
2 months ago

Stop it with this trail!! So good!! The views and landscape were unlike anything we had ever seen, really great views of the two medicine lakes and Rising Wolf. No goats, but had a few cute interactions with the chipmunks! It is a workout but well worth it. Also love how the views aren’t just at the top. There were really strong winds up at the summit area- could lean backward against it without falling over. Bring good protein (& bear spray)! We hope to get back to this trail again one day! Hiking in October is awesome! Weather is perfect for these types of trails and there were only one other group on the entire trail

2 months ago

Gotta be the most gorgeous day hike ever. So glad I did it when I was a bit younger and more in shape.

A very long day hike, but completely worth it. It's actually not too difficult, with relatively minimal elevation gain. The hike itself takes you through dense forest before following the creek up to Cracker Lake. Aside from the spectacular mountain range backdrop, what's really striking is the white-blue color of the lake's water.

Hiked this beautiful trail yesterday. The hike to the lake was mild with very minimal elevation changes. Not the most scenic trail, but the lake is well worth the effort!

Very quiet and secluded hike. Not a soul in this portion of the park the entire day!

This was one of my favorite backpacking hikes ever. We camped at Pearl and did a day hike to Dalton, well worth it. All of the lakes were gorgeous and the hike was moderate to Pearl, hard if you go onto Dalton because of the extra distance. I do not consider myself an avid hiker and more casual.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely amazing! Our favorite sites were 3L7 and 3L9. Animals everywhere. Beautiful views.

beautiful scenery. the shorter side of the trail (from chalet) is pretty steep

Counterclockwise route is uphill and steep. Not outstanding views but the lake is worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Challenging with some snowy parts but well worth it

This hike was awesome in the fall! The colors were incredible (check out my pics), but the weather was a little iffy with sideways rain/wind. September was the perfect time with gorgeous fall colors. In October or later, I'd expect knee deep snow.

First time in Glacier. Trail had oustanding views. Hiked 10/16/2018. Elevation gain was heavy half way through for about 1 to 2 miles. Would highly reccomend yak trax or snow shoes for last 1 mile. Was able to complete with my 3 season boots however snow was 1-3 feet deep during last .5 mile -1 mile. Bear tracks everywhere. Take precautions.

Absolutely awesome hike. The views along the entire hike are incredible and we saw several mountain goats and deer. The beginning of the hike - when the path is narrow with steep drop-offs - may have been the most exhilarating part of the trail, though it is beautiful the whole way. Towards the end of the hike, it is worth making a short detour to stop at the Granite Park Lodge; the hike down from there, through burned forest, was longer than expected and very exposed (the only slight negative about the hike). Provided the park shuttle is running, it is relatively easy to get back to your car from the finish of the hike.

3 months ago

Did Wanless for the first time in mid-October 2017. Beautiful........ but shoulda had snowshoes! Can’t wait to do this one again!

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