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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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Salida, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The hike to Grinnell Glacier was well worth the effort. It's sad that the glaciers will only be around for 10-15 more years or so scientists predict. You might want to get your butt up this trail. It's good for your eyes and your heart.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We signed up for ranger led hike including boat rides across swift current and Josephine lakes. Realized quickly that hiking in a group of 50 was not so much fun. We left group first opportunity and carried on. Decided to walk back to trail head at end of hike in lieu of boats. It was a lovely scenic hike with... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We took the boat across Stillwater Lake and Josephine Lake then hiked to Grinnell Glacier. It's a long hike with the last part being strenuous but it was absolutley worth it. We were surprised at the large number of people who hiked to the trail. The return boat ride is first come, first served.

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Seattle
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87 reviews 87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We are hiking enthusiasts and have hiked a lot in the northwest. Thus, we feel relatively qualified to note that prior descriptions of this hike as "easy" are not accurate. We opted to take the Glacier Park Boat route ( cost $24.25/PP http://www.glacierparkboats.com) which knocks 4 miles off ...but still leaves 7.6 miles (RT) that are not "flat" miles!! Not... More

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Dublin, Ohio
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is definitely one of the must do hikes in Glacier National Park. At 11-12 miles round trip with decent elevation gain (1,500 or so feet) it is not a particularly easy hike but our 6 year old was able to complete it with plenty of breaks and drinks available. Lots of wildlife to be seen on this trail -... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The shortest way to get to the top is to start at the loop trial and hike up 4 miles to the beginning of the trail. This trail branches off from the highline trail...its .6 miles to the top. Its really steep and strenuous. It will take you a while to get up this "short" .6 miles. When you do... More

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Austin, Texas
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108 reviews 108 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My wife and nephew took the ranger led hike with Monica from the Park Service. It was a long day, but a worthy one none the less. The views as you climb get better and better and by the time you are at the glacier you can see Lake Grinnell, Lake Josephine, and Swiftcurrent Lake all in the distance. You... More

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Lynchburg, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We only do day hikes and this is one of the best day hikes that I have ever done. We did the whole 11 miles. The part that you can cut off by taking the boat shuttle is an easy and beautiful walk around Swift Current and Josephine Lakes. It was serene and peaceful because no one was on this... More

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Athens, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This hike was long but the views were spectacular along the way. I wish at some points there would have been railing since this path was not very wide and a wrong step can lead you falling off the mountain

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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114 reviews 114 reviews
14 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

If you have the time to allot for a full day hike and are reasonably fit, this is a hike you must do in Glacier. We saw a wider variety of wildlife on other hikes, but the astounding beauty and sights not only at the glacier but on the trail is not to be missed. Also, scientists now say that... More

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