Grinnell Glacier Trail

East Glacier Park, MT
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Grinnell Glacier Trail is a 5.5 mile out and back trail located near East Glacier Park, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for camping, fishing, fly fishing & hiking and is accessible from June until September.



38 Completed 32 Reviews

One of the best hikes in East Glacier park. Quite a climb up on the edge of the mountain with sheer drop offs to one side. Well worth the hike to reach the glacier. Hike includes going under a small waterfall that goes over the trail. Very scenic views along the trail, excellent photo opportunities.



37 Completed 10 Reviews

This is one of my favorite hikes for photography. The out and back trail is line with wildflowers and each turn makes for a picture perfect scenic views with the surrounding mountains and glaciers. An early morning hike around Lake Josephine before the crowds appear provides can provide solitude and be spiritually rewarding. Lots of bear grass along the trail makes this hike interesting.



8 Completed 6 Reviews

An out and back trail, absolutely gorgeous the entire way. The first mile is pretty flat through thick woods- if you go early enough, you feel completely enveloped by the quiet, deep green, and will find plenty of ripe thimble berries along the trail. Lots of wildlife on this one- I saw a huge moose go careening down the hillside at one point, lots of big horn rams up top. Plenty of pika chirping as you go along. See this one soon, it's melting fast. :( There are icebergs floating around in the little lake at the top, and the views from the top down overlooking the lakes below are so beautiful. The waters are an intense blue, much like the Andaman Sea. There is a fun little weeping wall
to cool you off mid-trail. Go early, and you may be fortunate to hike this one in solitude, as I did! There were lots of crowds coming up as I was making my way back down. I was glad to enjoy this one all to myself!



9 Completed 4 Reviews

Beautiful scenery, but go soon as the glacier is disappearing!



32 Completed 17 Reviews

Another "don't miss" trail if you are going to Glacier N.P. This one is a bit shorter than the Iceberg Lake trail but just as spectacular. The scenic views along this trail are fantastic. Like Iceber Lake, this one is pretty much all uphill on the way out and downhill on the way back. Our book said it was longer than Iceberg Lake but from topo maps and GPS it appears to be about 9.6 miles round-trip. Put this one on your list if you are going to Glacier N.P.



21 Completed 19 Reviews

Giving 3 Stars only because we could not go all the way to glacier. It was early in the seasn and trail beyond the grinnell lake was closed due to Hazardous Trail conditions. Spotted a moose on trail and Bear with cubs was seen from the spot where we decided to turn back just minutes after we turned around. Good wildflowers and nice trail....



32 Completed 11 Reviews

I finally got to do this hike, we got to see bears on this hike.. VERY POPULATED WITH CROWDS!!! They closed the trail a lot due to bear activity, but we finally got to do it!! So beautiful!



10 Completed 3 Reviews


Aimee Koontz


16 Completed 12 Reviews

This hike took over as my favorite hike. We hit the trail at 7 am and were rewarded with not seeing a sole for the entire hike up to the glacier and then we even got about 45 minutes at the glacier to enjoy the solitude before a couple hikers arrived. On the trip down there were quite a few people on the trail. We hiked in August, there were no bugs and it was absolutely amazing! There are a series of waterfalls both leading up to the glacier area, and across the lake on the other side of the mountain that must be hundreds of feet long. There is a boat that will leave from the lodge that takes a couple miles total off the hike, but if you do that, you will be hiking with everyone else who took the boat.



0 Completed 1 Reviews

This is a very interesting hike with absolutely magnificent scenery. The trailhead is about 11 miles west of Babb, Montana. It is just west of the Many Glacier Hotel at a picnic area. This is the trail where Jack Hanna had to use bear spray on a grizzly in July of 2010. I hiked the trail about two weeks before that incident. It is a moderately difficult hike of about 5.5 miles to the glacier with a vertical rise of only about 1,600 feet. Use caution - snowfields near the top were dangerously slick. Good hiking boots are a must. This is definitely not tennis shoe country. Crampons (or at least spikees) are advised for crossing the snowfields.
You definitely should carry bear spray on any hike in Glacier Park. I surprised a sow with cubs at about 25 feet on a hike to Red Rock Falls in this same general area in July, 2010. I didn't have to use my bear spray but it was very comforting having it readily available if needed.
Bill G