Grinnell Glacier Trail
3 reviews Glacier National Park #34 hike out of 199 in
2 hrs 29 min
This is a moderate one way trail in Glacier National Park.
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We started from the Swift Current trailhead. You could choose a boat ride from the motel to the end of lake Josephine and turn the 5.5 mile (one way) hike into a 3.8 mile (one way) hike up to Grinnel Glacier. I'd rate the 5.5 hike in the challenging level. The hike along Lake Josephine is level and easy. Then you go 1600 feet up to the Grinnel glacier. Views of the lake are wonderful as you work your way around the cliffs above Grinnel lake. The last push to the top gives you an overlook of the Grinnel glacier and the lake forming below it. Check out the video at the visitors center to understand the ramifications of what you are seeing. Icebergs are floating in the lake and you can still see the blue hue of the glacier ice in places. You will likely see Big Horn sheep, eagles, squirrels, and even an occasional bear along the way. Amazing hike.★ ★ ★ ★ ★