Explore the most popular trail running 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.

My wife and I did this 2 days after doing the Highline Loop Trail. The Highline loop trail was our VERY FIRST hike, ever, for background, which is why I mention it. We are above average fitness level, and in shape, though we are not body builders or anything of the sort. We LOVED this hike, this was our favorite thing we did while at Glacier National Park. We did this hike at the very end of August, in 2017. We wore quality hiking boots, no hiking poles (have since purchased), cargo shorts, and cotton t-shirts (have since purchased synthetic). I wore a large brim hat. We started the hike at perhaps 7:30am at the latest, very few hikers were there; great time to arrive. It was cool that morning, I wore a liner for about an hour, though the sun came out and there were very little clouds, and it got warmer by mid-day, roughly 70-80 degrees, and we hiked the rest in a t-shirt. Our hats were very helpful (my wife wore a baseball cap). We saw incredible wildlife: an adult lone grizzly bear literally 50 feet ahead of us on the trail walking right towards us. I had bear spray, and we were in a clump of maybe 7 hikers. We backed up slowly, and it stopped after a while and meandered into the bushes/berries to it's left side of the trail where it appeared to stay and eat vegitation/berries. We waited roughly 20 minutes, and decided to go on through, as we had only half the hike completed. Luckily, no incident regarding.
I have a photo of the bear uploaded to this trails photo compilation, along with many of the following animals/views. We saw multiple ram on the trail that did not engage with us, a mother moose and her calf grazing in the water eating vegetation at the bottom of the lake that seemed to be completely comfortable with hikers near, a mere few feet from the trail; absolutely breathtaking. We saw marmot of course. It is rated as moderate, and I'd agree. Though when you come up to the glacier, less than a quarter mile from the "summit", it was rocky and somewhat steep, our legs were sore by then, but though very do-able. Remember, this was one of our very first hikes ever; and it was ok and well worth it. This is not a trail you'd simply want to enter for a mile or two and turn back, as the glacier was incredible at the end. It was amazing going to the summit/glacier, as there was incredible views of the mountains and lakes. There were extremely dangerous cliff drop offs in areas, and even some around wet rock/waterfalls. At one point, this careless hiker with trekking poles in front of us tripped and nearly slipped off. Otherwise, we were not concerned for our safety at all during our hike as you just have to be careful, and it is not a cliff face the entire way, only a small portion. Bring water! We had two camel backs, roughly 4 liters, and used it all by the time we got back to the car (park at the trail head, it's easy, just get there early so the parking lot isn't full). In August, it gets much hotter than we anticipated mid-day, hence starting our hike very early. If I recall we were done by mid-afternoon. At the Glacier, I told myself that I was going to jump in. However, the water was EXTREMELY cold and barely got my feet in. However, I did see one hiker strip down to underwear and jump in. Really incredible to see the glacier before global warming errodes it further; we felt fortunate. You have the option to bypass the first mile or so by taking a boat that intersects with the trail ahead, but we opted to enjoy the entry in, which provided a portion of the hike through beautiful wooded areas. Off in the distance, you could see the boat on the lake taking the hikers via the shortcut. Also, there is a cliff face/cascade of water that was a pretty feature. On the hike back, we noticed, somehow, a ranger posted a DANGER BEAR sign on a tree right near the area we saw the Grizzly Bear hours earlier on our way up (see photo). Another note, there are two makeshift bathrooms (they have walls, just very tiny) near the very top of the trail; no water. I have uploaded many photos of the wildlife and views for you to get an idea of this hike. If you do only ONE hike your entire trip to Glacier, DO THIS ONE. I find this site extremely helpful, and felt it was time to contribute.

Great beginners trail. Beautiful ending.

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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25 days ago

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.

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

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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.

Crowded but awesome trail

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.

Crowed during tourist season but still one of my favorite hikes. There is so much beauty all along the trail. At the beginning there's not a lot of shade so it's easy to get sun burnt. Be sure to wear sun screen and if you get too hot you can always jump in the water at Saint Mary's Falls.

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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!

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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.

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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

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4 months ago

Hike to lookout deck is busy and crowded but nice vistas. Was there end of August so air wis a bit thick with smoke . Trail after lookout is nice with long gradual descent until final 1/4 mile which is steep with many switchbacks . Nice hike.

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4 months ago

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

we went around 8-9am and it was CROWDED. its a good hike if 1) you need recovery day from a long hike 2) want to do a "family" hike 3) you are older and have problems with some of the other moderate or difficult hikes. if none of those apply to you, i'd pick something else.

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5 months ago

Views had my jaw dropping the whole time. Within the fist 20 minutes a Grizzly was spotted and we got to see him playing in the water with binoculars. We were unable to go to lake shore as it was closed due to high Grizzly activity. Mountain goats were all over the place unphased by humans and licking the handrails for the salt. waterfalls from the gorgeous glaciers everywhere.

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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.

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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7 months ago

Read the history of this place. Makes it more interesting. Great place to see a wonderful waterfall! It was a easy trail and also fun. Would visit again

Hiked to St Mary's Falls early in the morning before the crowds. Saw only a couple of other hikers on the trail. Many varieties of wildflowers. Water is crystal clear.

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7 months ago

Hiked this in mid/late June, by far my favorite hike of the trip. Parking wasn't bad - we got there early. Lots of people milling about, only about 1/2 actually seemed to climb through the snow to the lookout point.
Then you're fairly alone on the trail once you start heading down from the lookout. We saw about 5 other people at the bottom by the lake. The weather was warm, we ended up shedding layers after the hike. Definitely glad we brought poles through the snowy trek to the bottom.

Gorgeous hike. Wasnt able to finish, trail was closed once got to chalet.

on Hidden Lake Trail

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7 months ago

I hiked this trail years ago when I lived there. it was beautiful!

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