Explore the most popular camping 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.

hiking
11 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
11 days ago

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

hiking
12 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.

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

backpacking
21 days ago

Beautiful and the fishing is amazing.

hiking
27 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.

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.

Absolutely amazing. Lake Francis is where my husband proposed to me so it will always hold a special place in my heart. The views here are out of this world. In my opinion nothing compares to GNP.

We did see a grizzly after we left this trail to head to Waterton so bring bear spray!!!!

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.

Crowded but awesome trail

The view during mid summer is magnificent. By far one of the most challenging climbs for me due to the pace we were going at, but completely worth every second!

Magnificent trail. I’ve hiked all of New England- Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and a great deal of the West. Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, and Idaho. Nothing I’ve seen in the States has come close to comparing to this trail. And it’s a surprisingly easy hike for how incredible the views are. If you live in the states it’s a hike you’ve got to experience.

hiking
3 months ago

An amazing hike - we did it mid-July and the upper section of the trail still had snow in a couple of places and a waterfall falling right on the path. There was a warning about "snow danger" in place too even though none of the snow patches could have possibly been dangerous in any way.
The views are absolutely stunning throughout the hike, and the lake with the glacier at the top are just beautiful. We saw some bighorn sheep too.
Definitely one of the most beautiful hikes we've done!

hiking
3 months ago

My favorite hike of all time...so far! Accidentally took the ranger led hike down to the shore of Grinnell Lake, not knowing the glacier trail head was by the boat dock. Did see a black bear cub and we all were a bit nervous because we didn't know where the mother was located. Finally got back to the trail head after the 2-hour ranger led hike and started hiking up towards the glacier. Only got about halfway up the trail before heading back due to time, but the views were simply amazing! Moose, deer, bears, big horn sheep and other small critters are up there in late June. Beautiful!!!

4 months ago

First, Glacier National park is a treasure. Be prepared for sights and colors and sensational scenery!! This was the most incredible hike to a vanishing glacier. Start early in the morning. You will be stopping frequently to snap photos. Also, you will get wet. I hiked this in July and there was still snow patches and water to travel over and under!! Bring a water filter system so you can drink glacier water. I saw many animals... a Wolverine, for one. Bring bells and bear spray. Be prepared and you’ll have such special memories of this hike!

Absolutely stunning views. We went in June and part of the trail was still closed for snow.

There is a reason why this hike is rated as #1 in most travel guides that I've seen. It is also extremely popular, so be advised that parking is an issue at Logan Pass unless you arrive really early, and the lower parking lots fill up quickly too. When we visited (July 2017), there was no waiting system in place, so all the cars waiting for a free spot would just cruise through the lot and if you got lucky, someone would leave just as you were approaching. If you didn't get lucky, well, you could spend your day driving around the parking lot.
Anyway, back to the hike itself, as others have said, the views are absolutely stunning, and they also change significantly as you go, so you really don't get bored. A lot of people on the trail seem to only go as far as the Haystack Butte before turning around so, beyond there, things get significantly quieter, even though the views are no less spectacular. We saw several marmots and, apparently, missed a bear with a cub by minutes. Flowers were in full bloom in mid-July.
The last section from the Granite Chalet down to the road is not terribly exciting but it's also not very long, even if it can get a tad tedious on a hot day. If you are planning to take the park shuttle back to Logan, be prepared to wait, as they can come pretty full already.
Anyway, if there is just one hike that you are going to do in Glacier and don't mind that it can be pretty busy, this one is a great choice!

hiking
4 months ago

My favorite hike of the visit
End of August 2017, a bit warm and some smoke due to fires but air quality during our hike to Grinnell was fine
Saw moose in lake Josephine , grizzly meandering across trail, and many big horn sheep !
The views are spectacular both from the trail throughout and also at the glacier/ lake This is a must do hike

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked May 2016. The view was worth the trip, absolutely beautiful! Many Glacier was my favorite area of the park!

hiking
5 months ago

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.

backpacking
5 months 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.

hiking
6 months ago

A truly beautiful hike with amazing scenery. It's not a hard hike to do, however towards the end of the hike there is a serious amount of snow that made it basically impossible to make it all the way to the glacier. Still a great hike.

hiking
6 months ago

My favorite hike in Glacier. It does get quite challenging at some points but once you reach the top, it won’t matter! Beautiful 360 degree views! Saw many mountain goats and big horned sheep on this trail. Had to back track until it was safe to move off of the trail for a mountain goat that was walking right toward us! It is a great trail to get away from the large crowds.

Hiked: Mid-October 2017
Weather: recent snowfall and VERY windy
Wildlife: goats, elk, grizzly, deer
Boats were not operating at time
Bathrooms and picnic tables at the trailhead

Arrived about 11am. Enjoyed getting the heart pumping with a brisk walk bc boats were done for the season. Lots of canopy coverage at this point. The trail becomes slightly steeper, but definitely manageable. This is about the time you look back and get gorgeous views of the lakes.

At this point in the hike, other hikers pointed out a bear much further walking up the trail. We continued on to warn hikers in front of us about the bear, which we thought was black. We were about 1.5 miles from the end when we viewed the grizzly bear at a safe distance. Waited about an hour before turning around bc the winds were supposed to be even worse that afternoon and the bear was still eating about 100+ yards from us, but about 50 feet off the trail ahead. Hey... a bear’s gotta eat and I can definitely relate! Still sad I didn’t finish a hike I had planned for so long, but the journey was still wonderful.

Will definitely be back to complete this hike in the future!

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