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As other reviewers have stated, this is a gradual steady climb to the top (meaning completely downhill on the way out). The trail was moderately crowded with hikers and dogs. The bugs were insane--flies and mosquitos all over the shore of Emerald Lake. Fishing was great, lots of grayling and cutthroat. We camped near the lake and were disappointed to have multiple groups walk through our camp between 8 and 9 PM. There were probably close to 10 different groups camping that night (Saturday 7/14) and one camp stayed up drinking and yelling until after midnight. The only plus to that was that because I was awake, I left the tent to use the bathroom and caught an amazing star show around 1 AM. Would not camp here again, but I would likely hike the trail up and back for some good exercise.

Yes I agree with the previous post. We hiked about 5 1/2 miles. It’s an easy hike through the forest then it opens up to the river and meadows. There were cows everywhere in the woods so don’t let them scare you!! A nice easy hike!

hiking
1 day ago

Passage Falls is a great mostly level hike with lots of wild flowers. The trail is through the burn area but it’s interesting to see how the forest is regenerating itself. The falls are beautiful and it’s worth it to walk around to the top of them also. Just respect the private property that’s nearby.

horseback riding
1 day ago

awesome views. I did the 58 mile loop from benchmark to Indian Point and stayed at uppermost point of Burnt creek. Day 2 we traveled up to the wall and down Moose creek drainage crossing the North fork of the sun and camped south of Cabin Creek. Day 3 we came past the Bear Lake trail and into Pretty Prairie then took the lower trail back up to Benchmark.

Stunning, spectacular, exquisite, magical...

Love this hike, first part is rather steep and you're in the open with no cover but the tree cover comes back and it's not bad at all. There's a beautiful waterfall in the beginning and the upper lake has phenomenal small fish fishing. Worth a day hike easily!

hiking
1 day 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
1 day 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.

Hiking along this trail was easy and very enjoyable.

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.

Great hike, I highly recommend this one!

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
2 days ago

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

hiking
2 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous lake at the hike “summit”, and wonderfully cool and beautiful trail through cedar forest going up to the lake. It’s a little steep at times but otherwise moderate

Beautiful trail! Well maintained and medium foot traffic. The lake was a great payoff and the ice cold water was refreshing on a warm day!

hiking
2 days ago

Great easy trail! Fun with my mom, easy drive there.

Love this trial. Short & sweet with a little thrill (-;

Awesome! Just Awesome! Hiked up to the north lake stayed the night and saw Wolves in the morning then hiked out.

For what this hike is it’s absolutely five stars. It’s not challenging at all and is great for the entire family and quite flat. The views are extraordinary at the end. Get there before 8 to beat the insanely large crowds that gather for this hike.

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
2 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
2 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.

Steady incline. Precarious at times. Lots of bugs. AMAZING views from the top. Loved this hike! Will def do again.

Great hike! Take your bear spray and camera!

Great hike suitable for all ages! Take your bear spray and your camera

1.5 hours to a beautiful lake with minimal breaks. Pretty "buggy" at the lake and in spots on the trail. Mostly gradual elevation climb from beginning to end. Good workout!

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