Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

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
23 hours 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
2 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
2 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
2 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.

We were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this lake! Fun chill hike (gradual climb, we didn’t think it should be rated as hard) gorgeous waterfalls along the way, wildflowers and the crystal clear blue lake was filled with trout!! It was incredible! A little gem! Definitely worth it! I’d do it again in a heartbeat and very few people.

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.

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
3 days ago

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

One of the more gorgeous hikes this country has to offer and a fun one at that. KEEP THIS IN MIND I did this in mid July and a large majority of the trail was still covered in massive snow sheets making hiking difficult and not for he faint of heart. You are rewarded however with the magnificent Grinnell Glacier which needs no words.

hiking
3 days ago

Like all trails in this amazing park it’s nothing short of insanely beautiful. Literally icebergs floating in a caldera looking lake at the end of a trail. Gorgeous wildflowers line your hike the entire way.

Excellent hike for the entire family here. Likely see some people cliff jumping at Mary falls either off the rock or bridge. Great waterfalls

hiking
3 days ago

I can say there is nothing about this hike to complain about. Beautiful start (from the siyeh creek trail head) in the forest which opens to gorgeous meadows littered everywhere with flowers which eventually reaches alpine and oh man are the views insane from there. You can start at either the st Mary trail head or the siyeh pass trail head which starts at siyeh creek and shares the same trail with Piegan pass (also a great hike). One of the best and in my opinion underrated in glacier. Very little traffic the day I went.

hiking
3 days ago

Excellent hike like everything in glacier. Nicely wooded scene opens into an expansive meadow near alpine only to be finished off by the actual tunnel following a few switchbacks behind the lake. Easy directions to get to the trailhead. Would suggest doing iceberg lake on the same day since they share the same trail.

We just went on Friday July 13. Still snow on parts of the trail, a steep incline about halfway to the overlook that was snow covered. We weren’t able to go down to the lake because of bears.

It was amazing.

Great hike! Take your bear spray and camera!

We did this hike on Tues 7/10. We were completely surprised by and unprepared for so much of the trail being covered with snow but we hiked it anyways and were certainly glad we did. We did this trail with 4 of our children ranging in age from 1-8. The older two were able to complete the hike easily on their own with exception of one very small part of the trail (about 15 yards) where we were on a dirt hill between 2 snowy spots. I’d imagine this part will get easier and easier as the snow melts. The view at the overlook was so beautiful it was certainly worth it and we saw a few mountain goats. I highly recommend this trail

Make sure you hike to Virginia Falls - spectacular!! Not as many people

We did part of this trail, we started at the gunsight pass parking lot and went as far as we could which according to my gps watch was 8.6 miles, and 8 on my husbands apple watch, before we hit a big sheet of snow that we could not cross, this was above the lake before the pass, we tryed to test out a couple of feet, and couldn't do it, it is slippery snow and you can't really make foot holes with the running shoes we had on, maybe with clamp ons :/ most of the hike was scenic, we saw a moose that heard us from probably half a mile away and took off running. The trail was pretty overgrown, your legs are getting rubbed most of the trail.

hiking
4 days ago

Lovely trail. A bit heavy foot traffic but not bad. Take bear spray!! Not good for small children.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful hike!! Be prepared for weather changes. Sleeted and rained on us the whole way back off and on. Beautiful scenery! Snowed on peaks across from us. Lots of picture opportunities!!

Went in at sun point nature trail was about 6 miles round trip to Virginia falls. definitely worth the trip waterfalls all along the way. dropped in at sun point due to lack of parking at the other trail heads but still a great hike. easy for all ages took about 3 hours with short stops at the waterfalls.

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