Explore the most popular birding trails near East Glacier Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Took our 4 and 1 year old late July.We got stuck up there for awhile as a grizzly was spotted on trail and rangers kept us in group till it left. Beautiful lake and fun to see people jumping into freezing water with icebergs. My 4 year old did the whole thing herself.

Warm right until you approach the lake then a sudden climate change, for us cold and rainy but fun with raingear. Plenty of water along the trail. Lives up to its name.

This was a great section of trail and a highlight from my 2017 backpacking trip in Glacier.

Upper two medicine was unremarkable. If you want a workout or just to say you did it, then do it! Otherwise, give this a pass. There’s better almost everywhere else in the park.

hiking
12 days ago

Long distance. Pack enough food and water. Encountered snow, hike along a stream, steep inclines in parts, not much shade in places. Cobalt itself is relatively small and sheltered. Take swim or have a nap before heading back. Grab a beer or ice cream at the nearby store at the end as a reward. You’ll need it.

hiking
12 days ago

Major cardio workout. Steep inclines. Not much shade in places. Can be windy in spots. Fantastic views at the top.

hiking
13 days ago

Adored this hike on the most perfect day with a high of 60 degrees. Lots of wildlife. Once you reach the lake, the trot was totally worth it. We stopped for lunch and the way back was much faster. It was the perfect day hike length for my taste.

Favorite hike in GNP state-side!!!!! We LOVE this trail!!! Amazing views for the full hike! Clean fresh air that refreshes you all the way. Animals out and about. Rather steep but definitely worth it! It's actually probably our family's favorite trail to do in all of MT

Did this because we summited the glacier earlier than we expected. Very windy when we went by still so quiet and very few people. If you have time I’d say do it, it’s basically on the way anyways.

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Really popular hike but if you have limited time I’d recommend doing this one over the others I’ve done. You will experience everything: glacier waters, amazing views, switchbacks galore, and most likely wildlife sightings.

I’ve done this one twice, one in early August and once in late August. The one I did in early August we were up on the ridge line and we saw a mother grizzly and two babies playing in the steam below. It was the coolest thing. The late August hike on the same ridge line we saw a massive bull moose munching away on greens down below. When we got up to the glacier I saw some Big Horn Sheep as well so keep your eyes open and bring binoculars!

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LOVED THIS ONE!

If you hike down you basically leave 95% of the tourists behind at the observation deck. The switchbacks might seem intimidating but if you take your time coming back up it’s so worth it.

We also ended up seeing a Mountain Goat right on the switchbacks on the way back up from the lake. It was really awesome laying out on the rocks by the lake very quiet and relaxing.

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What a nice easy leisurely hike. It does not feel like it is as much elevation gain as it lists on this. We saw moose, deer, and loads of wild birds. The lake at the end is just breathtaking. We did it in late August and there was still and iceberg floating in the water. Highly recommend!

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The trail got really long on the way back, especially for my pregnant wifey.

backpacking
22 days ago

Beautiful and the fishing is amazing.

This was an awesome hike and worth the loss of 5 toenails. I am getting bigger boots! Although on of the hikers in the group did the entire 17+ miles in her Keen sandals. Saw bears, goats, birds and moose. Definately will do again.

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Bring your camera and a water filter - the views and water are plentiful and amazing!

hiking
28 days ago

Looking to hike this in mid July with another person or small group. Normally would do this by myself but I’ve heard of a lot of bear and moose sightings in this area and rather not chance it. HMU if interested. 716 359 2077.

Really liked this hike. The lake is really special.

We have hiked this trail twice and it is always an incredible experience. Very challenging, wear sunscreen, a hat and layer clothing, bring trekking poles and wear good hiking shoes, bring sunglasses. You will go from hot to cold and we also got rained/snowed on on the top. Big temperature changes from the bottom to top and weather changes fast. Pack a rain jacket and wear clothing that doesn't make you feel cold when you get wet. Definitely bring bear spray, we saw grizzlies and black bear and the rams are very aggressive. Try to stay in a group or take the guided ranger led hike up. Definitely a hike you will never forget! Pack plenty of food and water.

Amazing views along the way! Waterfall is breath taking well worth the hike.The incline at the end is the hardest part.

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of wildlife here - we saw a grizzly and others we ran into said they saw a Moose the same day. Had lunch at the lake.. It was spectacular!

Hiked on August 2, 2017. It was foggy and misty but with regular breaks of sunlight. This is one of the best hikes I have ever done. Magical views of Glacier National Park; water, multi-colored rocks, sunlight, greenery and wildflowers everywhere. The top down hike was still challenging enough and the park shuttle back to the parking lot was much appreciated!

Beautiful views. Had to re route our campsites due to grizzly activity, which made for a long second day. But the grizzly’s were amazing when we did see see them. Make sure to bring a lot of water, especially if the lake is closed as there as no other place to get water. The rain left us a little soggy. Would love to try again with better conditions.

Hike was nice, just wish the glacier would have made an appearance for us.

Rox!

Great hike! The water is very cold, so don’t plan on swimming! Worth the trek!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! We hiked this trail after hiking to Grinnell Glacier. This trail is easy and beautiful all at once. It passes through dense forest. Beautiful lake with a beautiful beachy area. Great views from the lake. Bring water and a snack, carry bear spray. Make noise on the trail.

Amazing trail, we hiked it a total of three times. Bring plenty of water, sandwich and snacks. Make sure to pack a light rain jacket or a wind breaker, it gets much colder up near the top than it is on the bottom. We went through all weather on the way up. From hot to cold. Wear sunblock and carry bear spray, we saw grizzly and the rams were aggressive too, even though we gave them lots of space and never approached them. Try to stick with other people. Amazing views the entire time. It is a challenging hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike! We hiked this in September 2017, the trail is easy to follow and offers spectacular views the entire time. It passes through dense forest and open valleys, waterfalls and great views of the glaciers. We started early in the day and only saw 2 other hikers. Bring lots of water and a sandwich and snacks. Carry bear spray. The trail passes through prime grizzly habitat, so make lots of noise. The views of Iceberg Lake are amazing and there is another lake right before Iceberg Lake that is stunning as well.

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