Backpack to Cosley Lake

27.2 Miles Round Trip - 475 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

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This hike makes for a nice stop on a backpacking circuit through Glacier's backcountry, or for just one overnight jaunt when all the popular permits are taken. With minimal elevation gain, the trail takes you through valleys and across bridges, with mountain walls towering above, in the distance.

The hike goes through different wooded areas, open fields, and passes by the ranger's ranch. In no time, you will be able to see the aqua blue colors of Cosley Lake, as you approach the campground for the night.

The campground has pit toilets and a bear bag hanging station, along with a cooking area and 4 flat camp spots with lake access. Dare to take a plunge in the lake’s cool waters, and cleanse your sweaty skin as the sun sets behind the mountains, and the moon and stars shine vibrantly.

Be aware that deer like to graze around the campground, so try to avoid spooking them on your nightly bathroom break. And don’t forget, Leave no Trace.

For more pictures and information, check out my full blog wrap-up of hiking to Cosley Lake.

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Camping
Photography
Backpacking
Hiking
Bathrooms
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Details

27.2 Miles
475 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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