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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.

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Lava Lake (Cascade Creek)
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This was my first hike (9/20/2014) after moving to Bozeman.

I had a major user error and tried to use lightweight, but steel-toed Keens to hike this despite usually hiking trails like this with FiveFingers. Heel rip!! Don't believe the "it's really rocky" posts.

The trail itself is pretty mid-weight. It is up about 97% of the way which makes a normal hike a bit longer heading in as opposed to heading out. Nothing is super steep, but there are some switchbacks closer to the lake and the trail does cross a few creeks/brooks which might pose more a Spring-time challenge.

The reward is the top when you get to the lake. If you are like me this is not where you stop. When you see the peaks and the crumble you scurry and boulder hop up. If it is a weekend I'd suggest either continuing up for a goats-eye view or heading to a far side of the water since there may be children or beer drinking kids and voices carry hard here.

I have not checked in about whether fishing is legal here but at 4pm I did see a few peaks and swirls. It's calm and dry flies would likely do the trick.

If the lot is full you can park at the turnout across the river just be VERY careful crossing the bridge back to the Lake Trailhead turnoff it is very narrow.

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Ravine Creek Trail #34
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike! I stopped at the "top" after about 2.5 miles in and returned. Challenging but not overwhelming for novices.

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Mystic Lake
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Fairly easy hike. In between easy to moderate. Great views through out the whole trail, def a must see. Parts of the trail is rocky, but its fairly easy. I had my dog along, and she completed it with ease.

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Norm Schoenthal Island Outer Loop
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Nice hike if you have dogs and like to have them off leash. If you do not like dogs, I would not suggest this trail only because there are a lot of dogs that run around off leash. Only have had a few nasty dogs there.

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Kootenai Creek
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18 Completed 8 Reviews

really enjoyed this hike. the creek was beautiful with plenty of sitting opportunities to enjoy the sounds and the rushing waters.

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Hidden Lakes
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23 Completed 13 Reviews

Portal Cr road is rough but passable. The bigger issue is the condition of the trail. Freshly cleared and yet still littered with moderate boulders, this trail was a veritable slog through sucking mud and over slick rock. It was raining the whole time, so so we didn't get to see the whole Chain 'O Lakes. Once you reach the ridge line, you still have to trudge through more poorly cut trail and across the creek. Might have been really pretty, but it was all socked in. Better luck next time.

Try Golden Trout lakes too if you have the time!

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Swiftcurrent Pass Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

hiked this trail too the end of bullhead lake (before it starts switch backing up to the pass). was about 4.5 miles one way and the entire hike out and back took four hours. this is the best trail in glacier national park. the scenery was beautiful the entire hike, as every part in the trail offered a different perspective on the surrounding mountains and forest. but the best part was the wildlife. I saw deer, moose, and a grizzly on this hike. deffinately my favorite hike in glacier

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Swiftcurrent Lake Nature Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

pretty decent hike. started from many glacier picnic area and hiked 1.7 miles to many glacier hotel. (would have been 2.5 miles all the way back to the start point). what I liked about this hike was that you got too see some pretty cool things for an easy short hike. the lake is beautiful at almost any time of day, and the forest around it is thick and green. the rivers feeding the lake are also offer some cool views that were my personal favorite. As far as wildlife goes I didn't see any, I heard a bull moose but he never showed himself. With a steady elevation and short distance this is a good hike to start your day with, end your day with, or even start with as u connect to trails to jesphine lake and the grinell lakes

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Apikuni Falls
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11 Completed 9 Reviews

This is a great short hike. Though only a little over a mile to the Falls it is almost a 700ft gain in elevation. The falls are awesome as you can clearly see how they have carved the rock-not only through the years but as the snow melt changes the course and volume of the falls each season. Worth the short hike.

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Iceberg Lake Trail
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11 Completed 9 Reviews

Did Glacier Hike on sept 13th- my wife's birthday. Absolutely beautiful day. Temp was 32 degrees at 9am start.
The trail is a long slow incline. Pass through beautiful fields where we saw over 30 mountain sheep and 2 mountain goats. The lake was 2/3rds frozen over and snow 2-3 inches deep surrounded the lake. The lake is so awesome. The small glacier or mountain was making a lot of loud cracking, popping , and groaning noises.

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