Grinnell Glacier Trail

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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.

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Co Kno (79)

3 Completed1 Reviews

Stunning. I fear the change in the glacier when we are able to return. Stopped and took a swim off the boat dock in the frigid waters.

Lauren M. (339)

Head up early before the crowds. There was lots of people coming up the mountain as we were going down. Hiked out to grinnell lake, and it was well worth.

Carmen Wilson (809)

53 Completed26 Reviews

Cedar Reimer (404)

5 Completed3 Reviews

FANTASTIC trail - my favorite (so far) in GNP! Pretty steady climb, and the last 1/2 mile is a bit of a scramble up the glacial moraine. But the 11-mile roundtrip is well worth the stunning views - both of the glaciers themselves, and of the whole glacially-carved valley behind you. Beware of bears, especially around the berry patches in late summer (we had a somewhat close encounter with a mama grizzly). You can take the boats if you want to cut out a couple of hiking miles, but it does cost $$.

Michele Whisenhunt (816)

37 Completed35 Reviews

Absolutely gorgeous and totally worth the 11 mile round trip hike. Would do it again tomorrow. There is quite a bit of uphill, and conveniently, an outhouse near the top!

Kyle Pacatte (3591)

50 Completed44 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.

Larry Jarrett (5186)

71 Completed36 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.

Catherine Chung (175)

10 Completed6 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!

Ryan Brown (159)

14 Completed4 Reviews

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

Todd Nystrom (1149)

32 Completed17 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.