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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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Latham, NY
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113 reviews 113 reviews
51 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

A group of 4 us,started this hike from Many Glacier hotel. Use the bathroom here, they have running water, unless you enjoy using a pit toilet. The hike from many glacier to the top and back is 13 miles the hike is pleasant and flat along swift trail which goes alongside the lake, avoiding the boat or the fee associated... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful long hike from the Many Glacier hotel. I am 61 and concentrated on cardio to strengthen my legs in the months leading up to our trip to Glacier. This served me well and being out on the trails certainly enhanced our trip Glacier. We saw a black bear and big horn sheep, beautiful flowers all along the trail, and... More

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Denver, Colorado
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125 reviews 125 reviews
52 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We did the 11+ mile hike . . . and it wasn't that strenuous (okay, the last bit IS pretty steep - but only 0.3 miles). (Don't worry if you don't ride the boat - the walk to that point has virtually no elevation gain and goes by quickly.) You pass, let's see, 1 . . . 2 . .... More

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Bowling Green, KY
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We did this hike combined with the early AM boat ride. It started with a ranger but we lagged behind, so we could go at out own pace. There is a lot of climbing at the beginning or the trail, so we took it slow. There are some narrow ledges but my husband who is afraid of heights made it... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

My husband, our nine year old daughter and I did this hike as a ranger led hike in August 2014 including the boat rides from Many Glacier. The hike is not as strenuous as we feared and the ranger (actually a naturalist geologist) did stop a few times on the ascent. We walk and hike quite a bit and our... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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133 reviews 133 reviews
13 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Grinnell Glacier hike day in Glacier National Park Up at 5:06 and on the road by 5:30. Coffee and pastry at 7:30 where we learned it was going to snow. Arrive lodge at 8:30, boat leaves at 9. Time to buy a coat, had layers but not enough for hiking in a snow storm. Made the boat and began hiking... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Train for this hike if you are middle aged. The steep nature of this .6 mile upward journey is difficult, going up and down off the Highline Trail. Well worth every strenuous moment. I had no idea what incredible beauty lie ahead, and I am grateful it was the reward at the top.

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Bury St Edmunds
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78 reviews 78 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Unbelievable. Amazing. Fabulous. Gorgeous. How many words can I use to describe this hike. It felt as if you were hiking in Switzerland. You can cut off a few miles by buying a ticket on two ferrys. I would recommend doing that to start and then walking all the way back from the Glacier. We did not know about it... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We hiked with a group of 20. Everybody got up. Saw four big horn. All four lakes are pretty. The iceberg on the top lake is the best. Worth the effort. Next time, we will try to stay at the hotel or even the cottage.

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Lawrenceburg, Indiana
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We hiked with the ranger led group and it was well worth it. The hike was very difficult and we were glad we had cut off the four miles by paying for the boat ride across the two lakes (even if it only cut off the flat parts!) The hike was long and difficult, but I can't say enough about... More

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