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Grinnell Glacier in Glacier NP

Browning, Montana

5.0/5
based on 11 reviews

Details

Distance

11.33 miles

Elevation Gain

1840 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Michael Johnston

Take in beautiful views of Grinnell Glacier and several alpine lakes. Jump on the trail early in the day to get it all to yourself. If you have extra time, bring your fishing pole for some casts into Swiftcurrent Lake.

The Grinnel Glacier Hike begins at the Grinnell Glacier Trailhead just past the Many Glacier Lodge. A fee of $25 is required to enter Glacier National Park for a seven-day pass. The Many Glacier region is entered from the east side of the park from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

The Grinnell Glacier Hike is one of the most beautiful hikes in the world with beautiful views of the glacier, as well as the views of Swiftcurrent Lake, Lake Josephine, and Grinnell Lake. If you leave early enough, you’ll get there before the crowds. The glacier itself is absolutely breathtaking with views of the falls, and the lakes on the way.

Parking is located near the Many Glacier Hotel located on Swiftcurrent Lake. Parking can be very limited in the summer, so arriving earlier in the day is highly recommended. There are many hikes in the area, so be sure to follow the signs designating the trail to Grinnell Glacier so you don’t get lost. There is an optional boat that crosses Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine for a fee.

Once you're done, head to the bar and restaurant located at the Many Glacier Hotel with beautiful views of Swiftcurrent Lake. This is the perfect place to stop after the grueling yet beautiful hike to the lake.

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Reviews

When I think of Glacier I think of this hike, it has everything: lush forests, stunning alpine lakes, plenty of wildlife, and of course, glaciers (what is left of them!). I would recommend skipping the boat, it is expensive and depending on the time you arrive doesn't actually save you any time and the only hiking it does save you is level and easy.

of your list this hike should go. Grinnell Glacier is rapidly disappearing, so don't waste anymore of its precious time. The hike itself is beautiful and the end result is worth every little struggle you might deal with. For instance, my uncle and I were behind a family of 3 ascending the mountain when the mother accidentally released the safety on her bear spray canister with her elbow, firing off a wee puff. Now, I had not shaved in about 6 weeks, so I could understand the confusion of me possibly being a bear, and my growls that came when breathing that stuff in certainly would've been even more convincing, but I had taken a photo of them not more than a 1/2 mile down the trail prior to this incident. Regardless, we recovered and I can definitely say standing next to Grinnell Glacier is worth getting shot in the face with bear spray. 5 stars!

The Many Glacier area has so much to explore. This is a manageable hike that will take you to outstanding views of the park. If you're planning on taking the boat across the lake, make sure you leave early enough to catch the last trip back!

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Nearby

Hike to Grinnell Lake

Camp at Many Glacier Campground in Glacier National Park

Hike to Redrock Falls

Kayak Swiftcurrent Lake

Ptarmigan Tunnel

Glacier's North Circle Route (North East Section)