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Glacier National Park, MT
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Reviewed yesterday

We hiked to the lake below and to the glacier. The hike was wonderful and the views were simply amazing. I would say this was an intermediate hike.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank joh07940
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This trail is amazing and absolutely the best we did on our trip. We didn’t bother with the boat simply to avoid being tied to a schedule. The 2 mile trip from the car park to the start of the trail was flat and travelled...More

Date of experience: September 2018
4  Thank Jellybaby67
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Even a hike to the vista overlooking Grinnell Lake is well worth the effort. If you want to continue on to the glacier itself - good for you.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank schwingdad
Reviewed November 29, 2018

I was a bit worried, being almost 60 and a little out of shape from my desk job, but decided to go for it. It was spectacular! I started with a ranger group hike, but quickly found that I walked faster than the group so...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank lovestotravel2z
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

This is a terrific hike full of amazing views and wildlife! We hiked on September 20 and the foliage was full of colors. Once you reach Grinnell Glacier, sit back and enjoy your surroundings- the lake is a beautiful blue and there was an iceberg...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Rdhcolleen
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

Such an amazing place to visit. On our journey we saw several goats, a grizzly sow and two cubs, and moose tracks along the trail. A beautiful and calming experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank BoonesWife
Reviewed October 10, 2018

first, if not experienced but in OK shape, this long hike is doable, but suggest trying to go with a ranger. He broke up the hike, and told us what to expect. It was really helpful. The scenery and views were incredible. Best thing we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank pjsltk
Reviewed October 7, 2018

Glacier National Park in Montana is a pristine and gigantic park that covers one million acres and features parts of three mountain ranges, over 130 lakes, a diverse collection of different species of plants (over 1,000) as well as numerous animals, including grizzly bears, mountain...More

Date of experience: October 2018
12  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Fabulous hike - stunning views the entire time. I chose the Grinnell Glacier hike as our one big hike during our stay in Many Glacier because of 1) a recommendation from another TripAdvisor member, and 2) because of the optional guided hike with a Ranger....More

Date of experience: August 2018
9  Thank Dina0827
Reviewed September 22, 2018

This hike is every bit as great and spectacular as other reviewers have suggested, so here I will just add some details on the $27 optional boat ride from Many Glacier Lodge run by the Glacier Park Boat Company. I tried to make reservations for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
7  Thank Charles S
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Susan G
February 20, 2019|
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Response from Dina0827 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Susan. The official Grinnel Glacier trailhead starts at the Many Glacier Picnic Area which is next to the Many Glacier parking lot. You can start your hike there. The alternative is to take the 2 shuttle boats across... More
January 8, 2019|
Response from MaryEllenM27 | Reviewed this property |
It really depends on your kids...there is no standard. I can only give you what I know about and what we have experienced. What we know for sure is that if you take the 2 boats (some younger kids get bored with that to... More
January 2, 2019|
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Response from MaryEllenM27 | Reviewed this property |
Are you asking about the easiest trail to Grinnell Glacier or the easiest hiking trail in Glacier? The GRINNELL GLACIER TRAIL is very very strenuous...plus its at altitude. The GG trail gains 1,700 feet in a very short... More
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Walled Lake, Michigan
Grinnell Glacier Boat Tour / Ranger Led Hike (3 Replies)
We are arriving 8/24/17. My one must see was the Grinnell Glacier Hike. I was told...no worries in booking the boat trip. Well......Zero availability is left and there is walk up only availability only which sounds like we have a snowball's chance in hell of getting on the boat on Sunday morning. How difficult is it to get a walk up ticket? It's my understanding they sell 3 days in advance. Guessing this means Sunday's boat tickets go on sale on Thursday morning? If you elect to walk the...More
August 09, 2017|
Response fromal_in_al|
I have not tried to get a walk up ticket before, so I don't know how hard they are to get. Yes, I believe you can go to the boat dock on Thursday for a ticket for Sunday's boat. I have switched a reservation 2 days in advance a few years ago, and had no problem getting a single ticket for the early boat (so, that's probably the same as a 2 day walkup, and that left my old spot open 1 day in advance). There is also a waitlist if the walkup spots are taken. You show up ready to get on the...More
david f
Calgary, Canada
short hiking holiday in Glacier - where to base ourselves (4 Replies)
...and priority places to hike. I am organizing a short hiking holiday (3 full days, 2 nights) next September for 4 adults - coming from Calgary. I'm trying to figure out where to base ourselves for the 2 nights. We would self catering cabins preferred to full hotels and don't need a lot of services. Obviously the area that is closest to the most high quality hiking options is what I'm looking for. Apgar looks interesting & allows us to travel Going To The Sun but is a ways from Grinnell...More
December 18, 2017|
Response fromk2kelley|
As coming from Calgary, stay on east side in Many Glacier or St. Mary and hike the MG area. A drive up to Logan Pass and hike there also a good addition.
Brentwood , TN
Route From Spokane and Itinerary Check (5 Replies)
We will be arriving July 13 at Spokane and flying out Kalispell on the 18th. Should we just trust Google or is there a best route to West Glacier? Also, any suggestions for our very loose itinerary below? We are early risers in our 50s who like to do hikes no more than 7 miles and are mainly interested in the 3 Ws (waterfalls, wildlife and wildflowers:) Day 1: Arrive Spokane and drive to Glacier Guides, pick up supplies on the way in Day 2 Lodging=Rising Sun: Is Trail of the Cedars,...More
July 04, 2018|
Response fromDan P|
Issues... 1 when do you land in Spokane on day 1? It’s at least 5 hrs to kalispell plus hr loss. There are 3 route you can take. They are all about the same length And time. One goes 90 retires st region to flathead lake to kalispell. The other goes to standpoint then takes 200 thru a valley and meets ypuo with First route before you fet to flathead lake. The other route is take us # to sand point then to Libby then to whitefish. 2 day 1 where are you going to stay? 3 on final day...More