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Grinnell Glacier Trail

East Glacier Park, MT

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Grinnell Glacier Trail is a 9.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near East Glacier Park, MT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and fly fishing and is accessible from July until September.

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Drinking Horse Trail
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Great hike, perfect for the little ones too. We went up the hard way and down the easy way. I did have to carry my daughter on my shoulders on the way down as she was pretty pooped (first hike of the season). We will definitely do this one again, short and sweet.

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Clary Coulee
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Beautiful! We went 1 May and there was still some snow in the forested areas, but nothing waterproof boots can't handle. We didn't get all the way to the end but it was still worth it. Will definitely be doing this one again!

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Beartrack Trail to Silver Run Plateau
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

Beautiful hike. Path was rocky but manageable.

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North Kootenai Lake
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

Nice easy meander through beautiful vistas and scapes.

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Bass Creek Trail
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Swan River Trail
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

Great family hike - super easy to find, well traveled, and gorgeous scenery.
I had my BOB stroller and a toddler on a strider bike. The beginning of the hike has steep drop offs that plunge into the fast moving river, it made me really nervous with a 3-year old on a bike so I actually made him get off of it until it was safer.
The views are breathtaking!! We actually went back and walked a small portion of it that night.
We'll be back!

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Grinnell Lake Trail
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Awesome hike or boat and hike experience. Bring bug spray for the mosquitoes; they are relentless, especially when you get to Grinnell Lake. Our adventure started with the boat trip from the Many Glacier Hotel across Swiftcurrent Lake, then an easy 400 yard hike to the second boat and a trip across Lake Josephine. The boat set us out on the south shore of Lake Josephine and we hiked up to Grinnell Lake from there. The Grinnell Lake trail is mostly flat through a dense forest. The path briefly traverses along Cataract Creek and then you cross boardwalks over a swampy section. Next you get to cross Cataract Creek on a single file swinging bridge with hand cables. If you keep moving, the mosquitoes will pretty much keep off you, but when you stop for a picture they swarm, especially as you reach Grinnell Lake. When you reach Grinnell Lake at 5,040-ft., you look directly across to Mt. Gould (9,553-ft.), the Garden Wall and Mt. Grinnell (8,851-ft.). Glacial melt water from Salamander and Grinnell Glaciers run down a cascading waterfall into the western side of the lake.
After we had given enough blood to the mosquitoes, we retraced our steps back to the trail junction at the head of Lake Josephine and the boat dock. We got in the boat and after a while found out from our friendly boat driver that we were out of gas, and we could wait or hike back… so of course we all opted to hike back to the first boat dock on Swiftcurrent Lake so we could take the shuttle boat back to the Many Glacier Hotel. Well, more drama for our adventure; someone came back saying they had just spotted a grizzly jumping up on the bridge we had to cross to reach the north shore trail along Lake Josephine. We all decided, about 15 in the group, to proceed cautiously. We saw the wet paw prints on the bridge but no bear, who might have started up the Grinnell Glacier trail. Regardless, we took a right after crossing the bridge and hiked in formation racing down the north shore to the boat dock on Swiftcurrent Lake. After a few minutes our boat and friendly crew arrived and we shared stories on our trip across the lake back to the hotel. Needless to say, we had quite an adventure and this one is not to miss!
George Bird Grinnell first visited the area in 1885 as editor of Field and Stream magazine. He helped advocate establishing Glacier National Park.
The Glacier Park Boat Company (http://www.glacierparkboats.com/) runs boat tours on Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine. Hikers can ride the boats either one way or round trip to shorten hiking distances. The round trip boat tour will shorten the hike to 2.4 miles (round trip). Taking the boat one way and walking the north shore trail the other direction will reduce the hiking distance to 5.8 miles.

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Storm Castle Peak
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Amazing view from the top. Steady climb the whole way up. Was a few snowy/muddy spots that are quite slick. Road closed so had to walk into the trailhead.

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Kim Williams Nature Trail
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

great hike about 3 hours if you stop and enjoy the views.

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Bear Creek Overlook
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Stunning view. One of my favorite hikes.