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Grinnell Glacier - Glacier National Park

A beautiful hike to a glacial lake beneath a massive melting glacier.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 12 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview :  This is one of the most beautiful hikes in the entire National Park. The wonderfully maintained park trail will take you past... more »

Tips:  Grinnell Glacier Trailhead Directions:
From the park you will need to take the Going to the Sun Highway north through the entire park ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

Look for the Grinnell Glacier trail and head into the trees. You'll soon cross a river draining from Fishercap lake into Swift Current Lake

2. River Crossing

Some views from this pristine river of the towering peaks around you.

Views across Swiftcurrent Lake of the Many Glacier Hotel nestled under the peaks of Glacier National Park.

4. Lake Josephine

Views from the shore trail around Lake Josephine.

5. Views From Above Grinnel

During this mile or so stretch of the trail you will be blown away by the views. I'm not going to put a sepearte POI for each viewpoint as there are so many but will include all the photos here of the amazing views you will see along the way. The turquoise blue of the glacier water is just amazing. Your destination will be the source of the... More

6. Upper Grinnell Lake

This is just an amazing area. From the satelite image you can see how the glacier has left folds of rock behind as it has retreated uphill draining into the glacier lake below it. I (the writer of this guide) got my masters degree researching the retreat of glaciers in the western U.S. I urge you to please please look at the linked Wikipedia... More

7. Venturing onto the Glacier

Again, this is not advisable during any season besides deep summer or early fall before any snowfall as there may be hidden crevasses you could fall into = death. Be very careful as the ice obviously is slippery and stay far away from any edges if you decide to try this. Also - DO NOT DO THIS ALONE. When you are done exploring and taking photos... More