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The Best Hiking in Glacier

Looking for the best hiking in Glacier? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Glacier. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Glacier

  • West Glacier, Montana

    McDonald Creek Via Johns Lake

    1.84 mi / 384 ft gain
    McDonald Creek Via Johns Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Essex, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Johns Lake Loop

    1.98 mi / 308 ft gain
    Johns Lake Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Lake Mc Donald, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    McDonald Creek Trail

    5.19 mi / 433 ft gain
    McDonald Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Lake Mc Donald, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Sperry Glacier Basin, Glacier NP

    17.29 mi / 5016 ft gain
    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 ...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Snyder Lakes, Glacier NP

    5.0
    8.81 mi / 2060 ft gain
    Starting out at the Sperry Trailhead, adjacent to Lake McDonald Lodge, climb along the trail until you see the branch off to your left for Snyder Lakes.  Continue climbing through wooded trees with glimpses of the surrounding mountains until reaching the lower lake.  There is not much for a trail...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Hike to Comeau Pass

    5.0
    17.47 mi / 5007 ft gain
    Your hike will being at the Sperry Trailhead adjacent to the Lake McDonald Lodge. As you get moving on the hike, you'll pass the Sperry Chalet. If 17.5 miles seems a little long for a day hike, you can look into staying over at the Sperry Chalet (reservations required). This will mean that you'll...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Hike to the Mt. Brown Lookout

    5.0
    The trail is accessible (though sometimes covered in snow) year-round because the trailhead lies in the lower elevation area of the park. It begins at the Sperry Trailhead, located directly across the street from the lake McDonald Lodge. Follow the Sperry Trail for 1.6 miles until you reach the M...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Explore Avalanche Creek

    5.0
    0.7 mi
    Avalanche Creek is one of Glacier National Park's easiest features to access and also one of its most unique. The old-growth cedar forest is home to towering trees, moss-covered boulders, and a rushing stream of glacial water. A small loop trail winds through the lower forest and leads to a bri...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Trail of the Cedars

    5.0
    0.88 mi / 121 ft gain
    Trail of the Cedars Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Lake Mc Donald, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Avalanche Lake via Trail of Cedars

    4.9
    5.91 mi / 730 ft gain
    This very scenic Glacier National Park hike off of Going-to-the-Sun road is 4.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 730 feet. The hike to Avalanche Lake begins from the Trail of the Cedars trailhead. Be prepared for a lot of incline. Approximately one half mile from the trailhead you’ll reach...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Backpack to Lincoln Lake

    16.75 mi / 3747 ft gain
    It's a 1600 ft slow increase in elevation. You can walk around the loose rocks going around the lake for an additional 2 miles of hiking. There is a back-country campground at the base of the glacier-fed lake and an amazing waterfall at the opposite end of the of the campground. To camp overnig...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Hike and Climb Mt. Oberlin

    5.0
    4 mi / 1500 ft gain
    To get to the trailhead you'll have to drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road through Glacier NP, which if you haven't done, is amazing in and of itself and you'll basically start this hike at the base of Logan Pass. So park there. There are rangers that will show you where to go and what to do, super f...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Hidden Lake Overlook

    5.0
    2.83 mi
    The trail starts at the Logan Pass Visitor Center, which is right in the middle of Going-To-The-Sun Road. It can be very busy during the middle of the day, but early morning and early evening will have less of a crowd. It's a pretty short hike in a beautiful wide open alpine meadow. We were gree...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Hike Dragon's Tail Ridge

    3.5
    3 mi / 1800 ft gain
    Starting from Logan's Pass, make your way along the boardwalk that leads to the Hidden Lake Overlook. Depending on the previous winter, there may be quite a bit of snow covering large portions of the boardwalk and trail that leads to Dragon's Tail, so it is suggested that you take any necessary p...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Hike Reynolds Mountain, Glacier NP

    4.5
    11 mi / 2500 ft gain
    Reynolds Mountain stands high above the Logan Pass Visitors Center. Because of it's easy location, be prepared to get caught in the heavy rush of tourists on the way up. Though most will not be going to Reynolds Mountain, you will still need to "wade" through heavy tourism to reach the trail he...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Summit Reynolds Mountain via the North Face Ascent Route

    7.9 mi / 2500 ft gain
    Mt. Reynolds is a premier peak in Glacier National Park (GNP). The views from the beginning to the summit are incredible all the way around. Reynolds offers those who are starting to climb an introductory climb with little technicality and a reward that is well earned at the top. GNP requires an ...
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