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Grinnell Glacier

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Address: Glacier National Park, MT
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking
Description: A large glacier offering 300 acres of beauty.

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Small But Worth Seeing

Grinnell Glacier is a small glacier that can be seen from two vantage points in Glacier National Park. The best one is from the Highland Trail which is about 7 1/2 miles to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Grinnell Glacier is a small glacier that can be seen from two vantage points in Glacier National Park. The best one is from the Highland Trail which is about 7 1/2 miles to Granite Park Chalet. Just before the chalet there is a steep trail to your right that goes up to an overlook looking down to Grinnell Glacier. You... More 

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Beautiful Hike, the Glacier Trail was closed due to snow so we elected to complete the hike to the lake. And this was in middle July. While we walked on the trail paralleling lake Josephine we ran into a Grizzly. We stopped and he saw us, but he moved along and we completed the hike. Freaking amazing experience.

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Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

An amazing hike where we ran into bald eagles, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. The hike is fun and it is so rewarding to reach the top and see the three glaciers. You can walk on the glacier and the lake if it is frozen. I would recommend doing this but do it very carefully.

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Lombard, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Two in our group hiked up to the Glacier (boat for part highly recommended!) and the other hiked to Grinnel Lake. The best wildlife and scenery we saw on the whole trip. A bit more work to get there (especially if not staying at Many Glacier Lodge) but worth every bit of effort.

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

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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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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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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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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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 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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