I have traveled to over 50 countries on seven continents, more than half of which were visited solo. I love traveling, being outdoors, and hiking. I hope to inspire others to travel and explore further, even if that means going alone.
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Glacier National Park is always my number one pick for a scenic and exciting adventure! The beauty of the mountain peaks and tranquil glacial-fed lakes, plus an abundance of majestic wildlife make this park truly special. I’ve had some incredible encounters with moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, mule deer – even grizzly bears!
With so many amazing hikes to explore in Glacier National Park, picking just a few can be tough. However, after numerous trips here over the years, I’ve nailed down my top, instagram-worthy lake hikes that range from easy strolls to full-day treks.
Before you go, it’s super important to check out Glacier National Park’s website for information regarding advanced reservations and trail closures. Plus, don’t forget your bear spray. It pays to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors at Glacier National Park!
Looking for a breathtaking hike with less crowds? Cracker Lake is the spot! Located a full 6 miles from the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park, but don’t worry, you won’t need to endure overwhelming elevation gain.
Just watch out for horse poo during the first stretch of trail and don’t forget bug spray – those buggers come out in full force around Mile 1. But hey, no pain no gain; this spectacular lake will make all your troubles fade away!
Furthermore, don’t forget to bring a lunch. A moose may stop during your lakeside meal!
Trail: Cracker Lake Trail
Length: 12 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,650 ft
Route Type: Out & back
Are you ready for one of the most unique hikes imaginable? Look no further, Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park is sure to blow your mind!
Lace up those hiking boots, have that bear spray at the ready, and prepare to witness some seriously berry-filled terrain as you trek up from the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn.
If you’re brave enough, take a plunge in this chilly lake (carefully!) or pose with one of its floating “icebergs,” whatever wild experience gets you going awaits here. Just don’t forget: drowning tops all other causes of death at Glacier National Park so be safe while exploring these waters!
Ready for a challenge? Add on the Ptarmigan Tunnel trail – 2.6 miles in on the Iceberg Lake trail. This 15-mile day hike is sure to leave lasting memories!
Trail: Iceberg Lake Trail
Length: 9.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,450 ft
Route Type: Out & back
If you’re looking for the ultimate alpine adventure in Glacier National Park, look no further than Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail!
Trek as far as Ptarmigan Lake, where the terrain then becomes much steeper and more exposed. Then prepare yourself for an amazing transformation once through the tunnel!
On one side of the mountain lies lush greenery with hot sun rays, while on the other side, Elizabeth Lake awaits amidst cooler air and rugged rocks. Just make sure you keep walking past the tunnel to before the bend, otherwise you’ll miss Old Sun Glacier (to the right of the tunnel when you look back).
Trail: Ptarmigan Tunnel
Length: 10.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,375 ft
Route Type: Out & back
The Grinnell Lake Trail is a 7.1 mile loop with stunning views. However, the best photo spot comes from taking on the challenge to Grinnell Glacier. 11.2 miles and over 2K feet in elevation gain to reach the glacier. If hiking all this distance isn’t quite your speed, don’t worry, the viewpoint above is reachable just 3½ -4 miles along this trail.
Starting at the Many Glacier Hotel, you’ll also have the opportunity to trek past Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes before making your way uphill. Swiftcurrent Lake is great for kayaking and you may even see a moose taking a swim while you paddle.
And did I mention there’s also boat option to Josephine Lake? Take advantage of 4½ hike-free miles by opting for this scenic ride instead! You can catch this boat in front of the Many Glacier Hotel.
Trail: Grinnell Lake Trail or Grinnell Glacier Trail
Length: 7.1 miles or 11.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 351 ft or 2,181 ft
Route Type: Loop or Out & back
Difficulty: Easy or Hard
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January 30, 2023
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