Explore the most popular backpacking trails near West Glacier with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great trail except for the first 2 miles or so. You start off straight up the mountain, after that not too bad.

Pretty hike. The first 2 miles are the steepest but once you get halfway through you start to go through the Sprague Fire burn area from last fall, so bring lots of sunscreen and water as you’re pretty exposed. Beautiful towering peaks once you get into the basin. Still about 2 feet of snow for the last 1/4 mile and the lake was still mostly frozen. Completed 5/21/18.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is a must do in Glacier - unless big exposure is a no-no. The views are just amazing. We hit a cold pouring-down rain from the Granite Park Chalet to The Loop. If we are in Glacier again this is a re-do for sure but we will hope for a clear sky. I would not classify this trail as hard unless the elevation or distance is a problem for you.

It's pretty once you get to the lake but there is not a lot to see along the way. You may be lucky enough to pick a few huckleberries but it's another hike you want to be sure to have bear spray on you.

Went in mid October ran into one couple a long the way. Very remote lake that makes you feel really close to the mountains.

8 months ago

Definitely take the trail from Logan Pass and go up to the wall (it's worth the difficult incline), then down past the chalet to the loop. My only reason for four stars instead of five is the sheer amount of traffic on the trail and having to pause to pass.

Very remote and lots of burned areas but worth it to get away from everyone

9 months ago

Tough jaunt up to the window, but once there you are greeted with some amazing views of both sides of the divide!

It was a nice, easy hike; very buggy.

hiking
9 months ago

Did this as a day hike with my friend in the second to last week of july. relatively steep switchbacks through older forest lead you up to nice views of lake mcdonald. the grade becomes much more gradual as you go. less shade, and more bushwacking for the middle third of the hike. then you enter a valley/bowl with meadows and towering peaks all around you--for me, this was the pay off. the lake is pretty small, but definitely still beautiful. while we were exploring the lakeside, we saw a grizzly swim across the lake. i had been making a lot of noise throughout our entire hike so i was relatively surprised. we started talking loudly and it swam in the opposite direction. enjoyable hike!

9 months ago

The view is worth it, but it's definitely recommended that you be fit enough to handle the elevation gain and drop. The unparalleled view, however, really makes the struggle worth it.

Beautiful...ferns over your head.

hiking
9 months ago

Whole family loved, loved, loved this trail. Fav was the Glacier Overlook even though my asthmatic kids did have to pause a moment as the air was tougher to catch their breath. Can't wait to do it again!

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing. The wall ascent was tough, but the view from the top, wow. Lots of traffic today, but worth every bit of the pain I'm going to feel tomorrow.

hiking
10 months ago

Extremely easy trail, nothing to see until you get to the lake.

hiking
10 months ago

I've hiked this twice on my way up the Highline, worth every step although a bit tricky in a windy hail storm.

Nice moderate trail. Enjoyed it very much. Great for early summer hikes.

backpacking
11 months ago

Very beautiful, fairy easy trail. It's quite overgrown in certain areas but that's part of the experience. Laying out of the edge of the lake at night, looking at the stars with the sound of the loons was the best part.

hiking
11 months ago

Long uphill all the way there. Somewhat steep at points. Incredibly beautiful though, worth it.

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

This is one of my favorite hikes! I went in late may it was mostly snow for about the last 0.5 miles but the view was amazing! I highly recommend checking this one out!

backpacking
Monday, May 01, 2017

Strenuous hike, I would highly recommend. Pretty low traffic when I went in August 2015. The waterfall and lake are beautiful.

fishing
Thursday, April 06, 2017

It was a fun hike with many varieties of berries along the trail. The fishing is unbelievable if you don't mind small fish. There are so many fish you can't help but catch them but I wouldn't recommend it for fishing. The largest fish we saw was about 5 inches long.

hiking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

It is really a tough hike, 9.2 miles each way according to my gps. Beautiful waterfall at the head of the lake. I would recommend it if you are in shape.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Amazing views that photos do not do justice. I saw a herd of bighorn sheep 10 feet away, plus a mountain goat. Lots of exposure to the elements on the way back so be prepared. Views from the chalet are amazing.

horseback riding
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

We have done this trail with our horses a few times. We park at a pull off of hwy 2 probably about 10 miles past West Glacier. From the parking area we cross the road, go down a RR Access road, over a RR tunnel and down to the river. Ride east up the shoreline until you find a safe place to cross. The river where we cross is usually just a bit above knee deep on the horses, but pretty fast moving and a bit stressful. Once across, we look for a little stream that heads back into the woods with a trail along it. This trail will take you to the main trail and past the Doody Cabin. Make sure you check Glacier's website for a trail status. We made the mistake of assuming it was clear one summer and spent our whole day cutting trees off the trail and never made it to the lake. Harrison is a beautiful lake and the backcountry campsite has a fire ring and hitching rails for the horses. I definitely recommend it for a late summer/fall full day trip.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

I enjoyed the hike - uphill initially, then gradual. Amazing pine forests. The mountains surrounding the lake were impressive - loved them! The lake itself was small but pretty - could see fish swimming near my feet, and elk hang around the campsite:)

Monday, July 04, 2016

I loved the views on this hike once it branched off of the trail that goes to Sperry Chalet. You hike into a beautiful basin and there are several beautiful waterfalls on both sides before you get to the lake. I tried fishing the lake and I didn't have any luck. I hiked all the way around the lake to try to catch some good shoreline to fish from and it was rough. I wish there was a trail up to the upper lake. The lake wasn't as beautiful as the hike was.

camping
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Easy to navigate, somewhat overgrown in the early part of the season. Backcountry campsite is situated in a beautiful location with breathtaking views all around.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

It was ok. It reminded me of hiking in Utah. Nothing special. The lake was nice but small, not worth of 8.8 miles of hiking.

hiking
Saturday, August 29, 2015

The trail is ok. Not a whole lot of scenery, and I found Snyder Lake to be nice, but not breathtaking.

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