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rocky
snow
23 hours ago

We had a great time in West Glacier (June 26-28)! It was difficult to find information about the closures in the park though. The signage and information was not great when driving in the park. While driving on Going To The Sun Road, there is no warning of closures until you are about 20 minutes down the road. Do not plan your day around being able to go past Lake McDonald Lodge. The road is was closed 2/3 days while we visited, with little information or explanation from the park rangers. My friends and I completed the Sperry Trail hike yesterday (~ 12 miles). It was beautiful! We did not see any bears or goats, but we did see bear scat. There was lots of snow at the top. Also, it is NOT a loop hike as I’ve read on other reviews. I hope this helps anyone visiting soon!

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off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Difficult but incredibly rewarding hike (climb?). From the Trout Lake trailhead, head up the trail to 5120 feet where you’ll encounter a sign on the left hand side of the trail indicating a junction. From there, proceed off the trail to the right (East). It will look wrong, as it’s just overgrown thickets and downed trees for about half a mile with no visible trail. If there is a real trail beyond this point, we could not find it. Trust your navigational instincts (or GPS) and bushwhack for about 15-20 minutes trying to make your way up the ridge towards Stanton Mountain. Once you clear the overgrown/blowdown area, the terrain changes to short grass and the going is much easier, albeit steeper. There is visible “trail” in patches through this section, but don’t waste time trying to follow it. Simply head up the ridge through the path of least resistance. Once you reach the first false summit, the trail changes to scree and scrambling is required, but the route to the top is much more clear and a consistent trail can be followed. The trail is steep and loose but never too exposed. The views at the top are incredible! Well worth the side-country effort.

We did this trail on a very cold rainy day. Even so really enjoyed it. Would love to do it again on a clear day. We just couldn’t see very well with the rain and fog.

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bugs
muddy
1 day ago

Beautiful 360° mountains at the summit! Worth the hike- also side note, my garmin recorded 13.9 miles.... not 9.2 heads up

hiking
1 day ago

Hike is 3.8 miles each way! Bring lots of water. The views at the top are gorgeous, but it’s definitely a hard hike. Did this with my 6 kids and took 3.5 hours. Get to the trail early...much better with an early start!

7/3/20 Pretty good hike. Harder than I expected. Took me 5 hours 4 minutes total which included some decent time at the tower and a while hanging out with some deer on the way down. Pretty good views at the top, I think this is about as good as you can do right now with everything on the east side shut down. I left before 6 and barely saw anyone on the way up. On the way down there were a ton of people, and the park itself was absolutely slammed. If you're going to go, get there early. The goat that hangs out at the top was there today

Great hike, beautiful wild flower throughout the trail, gorgeous ridge line views starting mile 3.5, and 360 view on the top. The first half mile of the trail is muddy, but it dries as soon as the elevation starts to rise. Some bugs at a couple of spots, but not unbearable. I recommend to start early. There are only 7 parking spaces at the trailhead. We got to the trailhead at 7:30, and barely squeezed into the very last parkable spot.

one of the absolute best hikes I have ever done. the biews are amazing and start early. the cedars and the waterfalls were great. went up beyond the chalet to the ridge of Lincoln, highly recommend. amazing views of the mountains behind and lake Mcdonald. saw two deer on the trail and a ton of marmots. had to park at John's lake so it was a lot of walking, but everything was amazing except for the bugs which were vicious

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bugs
1 day ago

Challenging but stunning mountain views from about halfway to the the end of the trail. Fun fact: cell phone tower at the top allowing you to share the view with someone on FaceTime. No shade for about half of the hike. Worth it!

What an amazing hike! We started out early so it wasn’t very hot yet. As others have noted, the first 4 miles of the climb is very steady - you are definitely gaining elevation but it is not super strenuous. After that, there is a welcome stretch of a flat-ish ridge from mile marker 4.6 to 5.5. The last 1/4 mike to the peak is challenging but so worth it! Breathtaking 360 views from the top. We didn’t have any problems with bugs and lots of shade on the way up, since we started out around 8:15. 12 miles is a long hike - so we were quite tired by the end. Loved our day!

The trail begins pretty buggy in the woods, but push through (as soon as you start the gradual climb the mosquitoes back off). Trail is in excellent condition. Views all the way up are beautiful, but the top is spectacular! Good day hike with a group of friends!

Started at Fish Creek and walked around rocky point by the lake- very pretty, easy trail. Nice when you don’t have a lot of time but want to enjoy some scenery.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
2 days ago

I hiked up this trail late June 2020. The first camp WE1 is on left after the junction with Sportsman Lake trail. That camp is in the trees and there is a bear pole and a potty out in the meadow to the west. Don’t expect any privacy there though! Next day hiked up trail and had stopped about a half mile below WE4 camp to get a snack out of my backpack. Then I heard a “Growl” coming from the dense trees. I immediately grabbed my bear spray and took safety off then got my pack back on and kept moving up trail. But didn’t see any bear coming after me. There was a big pile of bear scat on trail I had noticed before I had the encounter. Looked several days to week old. Apparently the bears like to feed in the lush meadows at night then bed down in the trees by day. Be warned. I had been making a a fair amount of noise and calling out to the bears to let them know I was there. But the stream can be noisy and could muffle your sounds. Park recommends hiking in groups of four or more. So at least ya have a chance of outrunning somebody? Hah. Spent couple of nights at Crescent Lake camp WE6. Glacier lilies were blooming and still a few snow drifts around. Lots of trees down over winter and a bit circuitous getting to the bear pole at the camp. Tough to walk around lake due to all the deadfall. I made my way over to the boulder field where you can hear pikas calling to each other. The trail above Crescent Lake going to High lake was covered with so many snow drifts that I only made it about a mile up that trail before turning back. Hike down to trailhead was, thankfully, uneventful. Plan on making a lot of detours around fallen trees if hiking past the Sportsman lake trail junction. Don’t know if the park has plans for trail maintenance this year due to some virus going around. Didn’t see anyone else in three days but that was in June. No cell service anywhere on this hike.

Absolutely stunning view at the end. The trail is well-maintained and is not difficult. Beautiful waterfall and forest views along the trail.

Do not try this trail on a cloudy day. We began the trail at 7:30 a.m. and reached the peak around 11:30. The last half mile we were in a cloud and could barley see 30 yards ahead. And almost ran into the bear on the trial in front of us!! Extremely difficult but I’m sure it’s worth the view if we could have saw it. (You will also be really sore the next day)

Gorgeous Trail, good for all ages and skill levels.

closed
fee
2 days ago

This trail & all GNP trails east of the continental divide are closed until further notice.

This was one of the MOST beautiful trails I have ever done!!! It was just BREATHTAKING!!!

The first part of the hike is truly gorgeous with the river to your left, and then the end is so worthwhile with the beautiful mountains and waterfalls. We went when it was muddy, which was a little challenging. But overall, fairly easy to accomplish for those who are accustom to hiking. We had our parents with, and they have some physical issues (knees, back, etc) so it was definitely more challenging for them!

Beautiful and very easy to accomplish for all!

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 days ago

This trail leads to some amazing panoramic views of the mountain peaks! I did this trail on June 23, 2020 when the park road was still closed to vehicles, so I hiked along the road from the Avalanche parking lot to reach the trailhead, which made for a 24-mile round-trip hike. I did not make it all the way up to the chalet because there was still snow on the ground at the top of the trail, and I lost the trail towards the end. Still had some gorgeous views though, so it was worth it! The majority of this trail (including most of the elevation change) has NO shade though because of a fire in the early 2000’s, so come prepared with sunscreen and extra water. A local couple said that this trail has the most rescues every year because of heat exhaustion. There’s also a lot of thick brush along the trail, so definitely watch for bears! Definitely a great trail and a great workout!

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