Explore the most popular views 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
1 hour ago

Did this back in mid June when the lake was still frozen over, very cool to see in the bowl of mountains it was surrounded by, and the view of valley you walked up to get it is spectacularly beautiful.

Hey! Looking to go out on 7/23 and if anyone is interested would love to create a group. It’s always better in numbers. If you’re interested email me at Meagan.lewi9@gmail.com

on Cracker Lake Trail

hiking
6 hours ago

As other reviews have stated, lots of horse droppings on the initial stretch of the hike. I didn't consider this hike to be difficult, the inclines are very gradual. There is also a lot of shade in the beginning which was nice. There was a lot of bear activity when we hiked on 7/17/18 so carrying bear spray and being bear aware is essential.

on Cracker Lake Trail

hiking
6 hours ago

As other reviews have stated, lots of horse droppings on the initial stretch of the hike. I didn't consider this hike to be difficult, the inclines are very gradual. There is also a lot of shade in the beginning which was nice. There was a lot of bear activity when we hiked on 7/17/18 so carrying bear spray and being bear aware is essential.

on Hidden Lake Overlook

hiking
7 hours ago

Short, uphill hike. Pretty crowded. We saw four mountain goats right off the trail. Hiked on 7/19/18 and there were several small snow patches.

Beautiful view, worth the hike!

Hiked on 7/15. Best hike of the week! Moderate hike with great views and what a payout at the end!! Coolest lake with stunning views. Saw a group of big horn sheep near the end. Go out early to have the trail to yourself and bring bug spray

Looking to hike this on either 7/23 or 7/29-7/30 as a solo hiker and looking for a small group to join. Email jwesleyregan@gmail.com to coordinate.

Beautiful as is everything in the Park.

Easy hike bring plenty of water. Views are priceless.

Hiked July 16th. Absolutely beautiful! Really wish we had hiked Iceberg before Grinnell though, instead of the other way around. Grinnell raised expectations that were hard to meet. As you'll read, the only steep part is at the beginning, and the rest is a gradual climb. As one would expect, the water is cold, but not as cold as Grinnell, so take the plunge! Water shoes tho! We didn't have water shoes to navigate over the rocks when getting in and the soles of my feet were bruised the next day. Other than a moose occupying the trail on our way down, we didn't encounter much wildlife (12pm-5:30).

Hiked July 15th. If you also intend to hike Iceberg Lake while in Glacier, I recommend doing Iceberg before Grinnell. We did Grinnell first, and I feel as though it lessened the Iceberg Lake experience. Grinnell Lake is easily the best hike we have done. The experience is worth every drop of sweat shed along the way. Signage at trailhead states 5.7 miles to the glacier, making this more like 11.4 miles round trip. Sunscreen and bug spray are highly recommended, as most of this trail is exposed. The trail is not closed at 3.5 miles, but instead a barrier is present warning of the snow hazard ahead. My 15 y.o. chose not to continue beyond the first snow pack and waited for our return in a populated rest spot along the trail (that's 2+ hours of waiting without shade and only rocks to sit on).
There are 3 or 4 snow packs to cross still in mid-July. Besides deer and a bull moose, only one grizzly bear was viewable from the trail, and only with binoculars, so don't forget the binos. We jumped in the glacier lake at the top, but 15 seconds is about all one can bear. I will return at least once more before my hiking years are over!

This was one of the most beautiful hikes I've done. Living in Washington, I am spoiled with beautiful hiking - but Glacier is one of the countries most incredible sights to see. I hiked with 12 of my friends and everyone could handle this hike. It's a gradual incline so it doesn't feel extremely difficult. The trail was blocked off at about 3.5 miles. Some of us kept going and walked over the snow patches. It wasn't difficult to get across and the glacier lake at the top was well worth it! We also saw a few mountain goats on the way. No bears though! Would highly recommend this hike!

Today was the first day when it was officially open all the way to the Glacier. Only small patches of snow. Unbelievable views. A must do.

hiking
2 days ago

We began our hike at 1:30 pm when the sun was high - it was warm but worked to our advantage on the return as there was shade our entire descent (5:30-8:00pm). The trail was quite busy on our ascent but quiet on the return. Several springs and Ptarmigan Falls offered relief along the way. The lake is stunning - well worth the effort with our 8 & 11 year olds! Many icebergs were in the water and we even witnessed a chunk fall into the water while there. Stunning views all along the trail - if you’re in East Glacier do not miss! Also, bring your bug spray, bear spray and sunscreen! The bugs were really thick in the afternoon.

Going to this hike Friday 7/19 or Saturday 7/20! Female solo hiker if anyone else would like company or dosent mind one more to add to a group feel free to text or call 9188431335.

Going to this hike Friday 7/19 or Saturday 7/20! Female solo hiker if anyone else would like company or dosent mind one more to add to a group feel free to text or call 9188431335.

Did this one 2 weeks ago. Loved this one. Great scenery. Only thing I didn’t enjoy was that it had rained the day before and the 1st km or so was walking through a mixture of mud and horse droppings.

MUCH better hike than Highline/Grinnell Overlook and half the distance if you utilize the shuttle to start from Siyeh Bend and end at Sunrift Gorge The view from the pass out to the plains is the equal of the extra bonus part of Grinnell. The downhill and switchbacks from the pass to St Mary is terrific. Skip the Highline, do this instead and have half your day open to hike elsewhere.

Absolutely stunning! We did the entire trail, skipping the boat option. The south side of Josephine Lake was nothing special, I wouldn't do it again. The north side of Josephine Lake was right along the water, very nice. The very beginning of the trail by Many Glacier Hotel, around Swiftcurrent Lake, we saw a moose walking right along the trail. The 13 and 15 year old liked this one a lot as well, there was a swinging bridge, planks to walk on, stumps on the path they could hop from one to the next. Don't forget the bug spray! They were doing some maintenance on the trail when we did it. I'm not sure if they're building a new section of trail or repairing the old, but when we got to the lake the trail just sort of ended right in the water, without much of a clearing to actually see. There was a spot with benches that looked like where their maintenance was going to lead to, but you couldn't get there without getting wet. One of the guided tours got there around the same time we did and a lot of them, as well as us, braved the cold water to get out onto the dry spots of pebble rocks to get better views. Well worth it and the wet shoes and socks weren't bothersome on the trip back. Very little incline, husband and I did this with our 16 month old on my back and almost 3 year old on his back. We were getting tired towards the trip back (total 8.2 miles with our trips down to the water). Tired, but very doable due to the lack of incline. There is the Hidden Falls trail right by the swinging bridge. Only 0.2 miles up, very steep, but since it was so short we were able to get up there with the toddlers on our backs.

** I would either do the north side twice or you could do the boat option either out or back, but to do it out you need to book pretty far in advance online or 3 days in advance in person. If doing the return trip option there really isn't a guarantee for the trip back. There was a sign for pickup times at the dock but they were pretty spread out. Boat option seemed pricey, but we were also a group of 6 so that makes a difference.

hiking
4 days ago

Majestic experience. My favorite lake in Glacier. Saw a young Grizzly.

Great hike!!! The views of the valley and mountains are awesome. And it’s hard to describe how incredible the lake is. You have to see it to understand. We also saw a moose as we got closer to the lake!! We went with the family today, which includes our youngest, who’s 8 years old. He did well on the hike up and was super excited as he played in the lake. He got a little tired on the way back, but that might be because it’s not as exciting hiking back to the car. :)

Watch out for the chipmunks and ground squirrels at the lake. They’re used to hikers grabbing a bite there and aren’t afraid to steal some food.

Also, we got to the motor inn around 9:15am and the motor inn lot filled up right after we got there. I’m guessing people started to park on the road by around 9:30 because there wasn’t any space left in the lot.

hiking
4 days ago

Though this hole is not what I personally would call challenging I feel your average how would. I hiked this July 16 2018 and here were still a lot of snow sheets covering a large majority of the upper part of the trail. The trail was closed beyond hidden lake overlook due to frequent bear sitings beyond this point so I technically couldn’t finish it. Despite this inconvenience the overlook is amazing to take in the majesty of hidden lake and I also saw 9 mountain goats 4 of which came within an arms reach of me.

hiking
4 days ago

Very lightly traveled in comparison to the rest of the trail system in glacier. This hike goes straight up after about a 1/4 mile. You’re welcomed by pine forest which yields to gorgeous views of 2 medicine lake which eventually scales to open alpine at the top. I was able to come within 20-30 yards of 14 big horn sheep. The views alone at the top are worth it.

Beautiful trail! Definitely worth it.

One of those ideal hikes that’s about the journey and the destination. Fantastic vista views, forest trails, waterfalls, and an unreal lake at the end. Steep incline at the very beginning but don’t be fooled - trail levels off after that for a very gradual incline the whole way. Get there very early to avoid crowds, bugs, and heat (half the trail is pretty exposed). Not nearly as crowded as Avalanche or Hidden Lake but still quite a few people, seems like late morning is busiest time.

Both falls were gorgeous - warm day so was a relief to get close to the water. Lots of bugs on this one.

This one was neat. We saw several mountain goats right near/on the trail. There were also bighorn sheep near Logan's Pass Visitors Center. Up to the overlook was very wide open, this was the only trail I that I wasn’t super stressed about bears on. (However, the continuation of this trail that leads down to the actual lake itself was closed due to bear danger.) As I said, very open, so make sure to have relief from sun if needed.

Now for the BUT... I read this one as being "easy" and Avalanche Lake being "moderate" This one was WAY more difficult for my husband and I with our toddlers on our backs than Avalanche Lake Trail. This one is both shorter and has less incline, but the incline being spread over so much less of a distance meant the incline was much steeper. That alone made it more difficult, but to top it off even mid-July there was still snow covering a LOT of the trail. Definitely would not do this one again with toddlers on our backs. Our 13 and 15 year olds said it was their favorite trail of the trip though.

Do not forget bug spray. Also, hiking poles would probably be very helpful.

Heavily trafficked walk in the park! Steep incline the first quarter mile, then leveled off to fairly even ground for the rest. Don’t be afraid to jump in once you get there!

on Iceberg Lake Trail

hiking
4 days ago

Breathtaking views the entire way but just spectacular at the lake destination. Watch out for grizzly bears and mosquitoes however

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