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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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Glacier National Park: Going-to-the-Sun Road (West Glacier to Saint Mary)
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16 Completed 6 Reviews

10/10. This is a must go. If you enjoy the outdoors you must come. Amazing views. Great hike at top. I keep coming back

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Elkhorn and Crow Peaks
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

An awesome hike to make a day out of! Just make sure to go late in the season, or you will encounter snow. I took the hike on July 26th, and still hit patches of snow after the 3 mile mark. The trailhead starts out above the ghost town of Elkhorn, where you can explore the old buildings like the saloon and fraternity hall either before your hike or after. Keep an eye out for wildlife, as I saw an abundance of whitetail deer, some furtive elk, and some grouse on my hike. This hike is strenuous, as it is about 3.5 miles of steeply inclined hiking to the" base" of Elkhorn Peak, where you have another .5 mile scramble up a rock/scree slope to the top. From here you can hike the ridge saddle to nearby Crow Peak, not sure of distance between peaks. When I took the hike, I opted to skip the last section to the peak, as my legs were already burning. There are plenty of spots along the trail to stop for a drink and a breath(I know, I stopped often), but you do need to bring your own water as I saw one tiny creek the whole hike up. After hiking back down, I opted to take some time to enjoy the wildflowers, and explore the abandoned buildings. I also hiked over to the cemetary, which is a mile or so in the opposite direction of the trailhead, and worth a look if you have the time and energy. I plan on doing the hike again this summer, and hope to have the energy to make it to the peak this year.

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Mount Helena National Recreation Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Easy day hike within Helena. Took the 1906 trail to the top, where there is a rocky outcropping that affords a nice view of Helena and surrounding valley. Hike was easy and incline was gradual, so you never really felt like you were going steeply uphill. Glad I did it, but would probably not go back. I prefer solitude when hiking and the trail was very crowded, with us running into atleast 20 other hikers going up or down, and that was on a chilly September day.

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George Lake
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Made numerous attempts to find this lake about ten eyars back but finally found it in the summer of '13. Not the best kept of trails but MUCH better than it was before.
Try starting at the George Lake trainhead OR if you want a slightly more challenging hike, head up towards Pine Creek Falls and take the cut-off south.
Bare in mind, it skirts above private land so you go up one drainage and down, up one and down, etc.
You will cross a few creeks, and one rough one. My advice is when you get to this rougher creek (you'll know it when you do), walk downstream about 40 feet and cross there, it makes the trail on the other side (switch-backing up) easier to locate. Once you're up this hill, watch for the 'swath' that the Corps (or someones) chainsaws did about 8 years back and this will lead you right to the lake.
Much smaller than Pine, but a bit easier to get to, and get out of.
Ate my lunch on one side watching a turtle swim across the lake towards me before diving. Very cold though when snow is melting, but secluded and worth the trek.

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Pine Creek Lake
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Well worth the trip up but make sure to take some time to appreciate the lake(s) once you get there. I'm a pretty overweight guy and pushed myself to complete it a second time in the summer of '13 with a friend and I appreciated it very much. It's ALL uphill after the waterfall (one mile up) and be sure to bring plenty of water (or leave it hidden along the way for your return trip back down--just remember where you left it). Be ready to spot some mountain goats up high, rock chucks playing around the boulders. Not a good hike for kids, and fairly challenging if you're out of shape. Push it, it will be worth it! Keep an eye out for mushrooms by the burnt spots (sshh).

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Bear Trap Canyon Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

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Sundance Pass (Backpacking)
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11 Completed 5 Reviews

In 1988 (Year of the Yellowstone Fires) three of us hiked from the West Fork of Rock Creek over Sundance Pass down to Lake Fork of Rock Creek. Fairly tough hike for one day as is 21 miles starting at about 7,000 feet, going to about 10,400 feet and going down to about 7,000 feet. Most impressive part of hike is viewing Whitetail Peak at 12,548 feet above Sundance Pass. Trail is good, but has a lot of switchbacks. Very beautiful hike. It has some great camping spots especially in Quinnebaugh Meadows.

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Sioux Charley Lake
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

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Sacagawea Peak
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15 Completed 3 Reviews

An absolutely amazing hike. We did this as part of our 10-yr anniversary trip and for a couple of flatlanders it was quite a workout. Nothing like gaining about a 1000' a mile. Once at the top it is well worth it. I can't wait to take my kids back to do this hike once they are older.

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storm castle peak
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful views. Steady elevation gain almost the entire way. The road was closed 1.5 miles before the trailhead, maybe the open it later in the spring/summer (I went mid-april) but the walk was nice along the river. It was pretty exhausting for me especially with all the elevation gain, and the path gets more narrow and rocky towards the top.

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