Hike to Sperry Glacier Basin, Glacier NP

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The Sperry Glacier Basin is one of the most incredible and diverse landscapes in Glacier National Park. 

Starting out at the Sperry Trailhead adjacent to Lake McDonald Lodge, climb 9 miles up the trail to Comeau Pass.  The trail climbs steadily, and quickly weeds out the faint of heart, but it is well worth the sore legs.

Follow the trail signs to Comeau Pass, and then continue East into the basin itself to find breathtaking views of the entire Sperry Glacier clinging to the North Face of Gunsight Peak.  Carefully pick your way through snowfields into the basin to explore some of the unbelievably turquoise water. There are no trails within the basin, and avoid getting out too high on the glacier.

Once you've taking in the views and maybe dared to jump into the frigid turquoise glacier runoff, return down the same trail back to the car, but not before a dive into Lake McDonald, and a huckleberry milkshake from the lodge for the drive home.

Pack List

  • Plenty of Water
  • Rain shell
  • Snacks for a long day
  • Camera
  • Map or GPS, there are no trails in the Sperry Basin, but hard to get too turned around
  • Sunscreen
  • Bear spray
  • Leave No Trace principles
  • Positive attitude!
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Activities:

Photography, Swimming, Hiking

Skill Level:

Advanced

Season:

Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

19 Miles

Elev. Gain:

4000 Feet

Features:

Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Added by Noah Couser

I'm a professional photographer living and working in Whitefish, Montana. I travel as much as I can with my beautiful wife Megan, and am always scheming a new adventure, or a new way to do an old trip. My passion is the outdoors, and getting people excited about recreating outside. By day, I teach PE and health at the local middle school, by night, I fight crime in a spandex jumpsuit... not really, but I do enjoy taking lots of pictures and working for cool outdoor companies when not at school throwing dodge balls at 8th graders.

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