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Grinnell Glacier

Glacier National Park, MT
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking
Description: A large glacier offering 300 acres of beauty.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
29 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

Words cannot describe how beautiful this place is. A relatively short hike filled with amazing panoramic views of mountains, lakes and water falls. When you get to the glacier itself you will be in an awe of the beauty. It almost feels as if you're looking at a massive photoshopped canvas. To get there from the main part of the... More

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Cincinnati, OH
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203 reviews 203 reviews
102 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My husband and I took the ranger led hike to Grinnell Glacier. After spending the two previous days hiking, we figured the boat ride portions would give our legs a little break. The ranger and naturalist who led the hike did a good job explaining the surroundings. In our opinion the group was a bit large for a 7.8 mile... More

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

I have to disagree with many other reviewers, don't take the boat. You'll miss some great views and wildlife viewing opportunities, and the part you cut off is a flat and easy hike. Good warm up and beautiful! Plus, getting on a boat with a crowd changes the whole feel. Anyways, like everyone else said, it's a beautiful hike. Mid... More

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
39 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I recommend taking the boat from Many Glacier hotel which takes off 3.4 miles from the otherwise 12 miles long hike. If you go in the summer buy tickets in advance (we bought them online 2 months ahead). When you get off the boat you will go through deep forest which is excellent bear habitat so make noise and carry... More

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Mansfield, Missouri
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Take the boat during the summer to shave off the extra miles, esp if you are not in 5K shape. Hydration backpacks are very handy for this hike and the Ranger Led trip will teach you tons of things you would not normally get to learn.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Definitely recommend the ranger-led hike, where you take the boat over the 2 lakes to skip the extra 4 miles walking. While we're experienced travelers & in reasonable shape for late 50's (!), we're not frequent hikers or "bear savvy" , so we almost certainly wouldn't have done the Grinnell hike on our own. The interpretative ranger Kaylin (sp?) was... More

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Coulee Dam, Washington
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68 reviews 68 reviews
26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Historical photos make this hike as sad as it is beautiful. Well worth the hike and one I strongly encourage you to take.

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Many Glacier is the park's best location to enjoy day hiking. My favorite hike in the area is the Grinnell Glacier. It provides breathtaking views (looking down Grinnell valley towards Many Glacier), some good grunt work and a tremendous lake at the finish (you'll be enjoy that view from above). The hike starts along Swiftcurrent Lake, then travels along Lake... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We accessed the trail by walking along the Swift current Lake behind the Many Glacier Hotel. We decided not to take the lake shuttle from the hotel. The lake shuttle cuts about two miles off the hike each way. Instead we hiked along the two lakes and enjoyed the views as they emerged around every bend. The switchbacks up to... More

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ohio
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149 reviews 149 reviews
50 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Amazing views for almost the entire trail. We hiked in mid-September at the peak of the fall color and it was spectacular. Even if you don't go all the way to the glacier, there are wonderful views at Grinell Lake. We were worried about bears, and took the Ranger-led hike to ensure we were with people, and saw no bears,... More

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