Grinnell Glacier

Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park: Address, Grinnell Glacier Reviews: 5/5

Grinnell Glacier
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A large glacier offering 300 acres of beauty.
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patn03
Minneapolis, MN629 contributions
Beautiful, challenging but well marked trail
Sep 2021 • Couples
What a beautiful trail! Plan plenty of time- even if you hike quickly there are lots of spots just to take in the view or take photos. We did the full hike (did not shorten it with the boat ride) and would do it again. The mileage the boat cuts out is shady and flat, and it looked like people had to wait a long time at each boat dock. Glad I brought hiking sticks- I only rarely needed them but they were nice at the end and when we needed to walk down over wet rocks under a little waterfall. Be prepared for the road construction on the way here- the workers will lead you through the construction site each way so even if there isn't a lot of traffic at the time you are there, you may need to wait for a pilot car to come back from the other side, which can be a 15 minute or more wait easily. Still worth it for the amazing views - while the hike has some elevation and so it challenging, the trail is well marked and not slippery, and it's a huge payoff in beautiful glacier and lake views for the effort. Even with the smoke this last week, we were thrilled.
Written 11 September 2021
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Edward C
San Diego, CA33 contributions
Grinnell Glacier
Sep 2021
We did not hike to the glacier but we took plenty of pictures. The glaciers here may not be here much longer. Travel now before it is too latr.
Written 10 September 2021
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Carolyn K
Secor, IL11 contributions
Wow, just WOW!
Aug 2021 • Family
Words nor pictures can describe the beauty along this hike! Take snacks, bear spray, water, towel and wear swimming suit under hiking clothes. Once to glacier, take the polar plunge right in the icy cold refreshing waters! Saw a ram right on the trail eating greenery. Felt secure with bear spray as it could be used on any wildlife that decided to charge due to being surprised. Didn’t see ram until we came around corner and there he was…right there! We were both shocked and surprised…even had bear bells on!
Written 19 August 2021
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Mari
Pittsburgh, PA2 contributions
Top 10 Best Hike
Aug 2021
There are no words to describe the beautiful views we saw throughout our entire hike. Hang in there, the last climb to view the glacier and lake was tough but the views made up for it. Enjoy the spray from the waterfall it was refreshing. Bring lots of water, food and I recommend walking sticks. We are both 50+ and our poles were helpful stepping up and down over the rocky terrain. It took us 7 hours to complete but we stopped to take pictures, took time to take in the views and spent about 30 minutes relaxing by the lake We didn't want to rush through this hike.
Written 16 August 2021
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AnnaWest24
Boston, MA253 contributions
BRING GLOVES, rain jacket, layers, waterproof hiking shoes, bear spray
Aug 2021 • Family
Awesome hike! We did it with two kids ages 13 and 15. We parked at Many Glacier Hotel and walked a mile to the start of the trail. We didn’t even try to park at the trailhead parking lot. When we walked by, it was completely full with several cars waiting for hikers to come back to get a spot.

DO BRING MITTENS OR GLOVES, rain jacket to walk through waterfall, waterproof hiking shoes (walking over many small streams). I had wool long sleeve shirt, thick fleece, and rain jacket and it was freezing at the glacier.

Lake Josephine is where you will most likely encounter a bear. I researched before and many people see bears about 1.75 miles into the trip. We saw one 1.5 miles in, walking our trail about 35 years from us when we turned around the bush. It was a beautiful black bear. Big. We clapped and said “Hey Bear!” loudly going through this area to and from the glacier.

We saw a bear, a moose very close by on way to and from, four big horn sheep in a distance, and ground dogs and chipmunks.

The hike was not tiring but the bottom of our feet were very sore after the trail. Make sure you have some extra padded sole inserts. I saw many people walking in pain at the parking lot of the Many Glacier hotel for the exact same reason. Walking through the waterfall was fun. We saw many kids hiking this long trail, some as little as 7-8.

We arrived late due to rain and flood warning until 6:45 AM Due to construction, allow yourself and extra 40 mins at the Many Glacier entrance.

We started at around 11:45 AM. 3:05 hours in and just a bit short of 2 hours back. 5 hours overall with an hour or so at Glacier.

Pick a sunny day to get more vibrant colors.
Written 10 August 2021
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Jaymie Rodriguez
3 contributions
Breathtaking
Aug 2021
This hike is one i will never forget. If you have the chance, do it. The first mile is through wild rasberry and huckleberry bushes and past a serene lake, then it goes up and about halfway the veggitation is beautiful. Wildflowers and plants that look almost tropical. You go beside a waterfall (and get wet, be prepared), and around the side of a mountain with views that cant be described. The glacier at the top is like nothing you've ever seen. Its not an easy hike, about 5.5 miles up and then down. Its a steady incine most of the way. We made it up in about 2.5 hours with one stop to rest, so plan on having about 6-8 hours to devote to it. But oh SO WORTH IT.
Written 9 August 2021
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LizzyB01
Salt Lake City, UT316 contributions
One of the best days of my life
Aug 2021
I loved this hike. it was not too tough at all, and the walk through the waterfall was a big surprise and nice cooloff on a hot day. Make sure you walk all the way as the final few steps are the biggest and best surprise of all!
Written 9 August 2021
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DutchTX
The Woodlands, TX601 contributions
Incredible vies and the end-point is rewarding
Aug 2021
This 13 mile hike from Many Glacier to upper Grinnell Glacier (actually stand where the glacier ends and goes into the first lake) is awesome, but strenuous. Older kids will love it, some folks jumped in the ice-lake. The views during the hike are great, and also refreshing (you have to walk through a small waterfall). When at the Glacier, look up, and see (small) the hikers who did the Highline Trail, and the Grinnell Overlook addition (see our review). And absolute must; you will be tired after a day long good elevation gain hike.
Written 6 August 2021
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dawn c
Ellenville, NY21 contributions
Grinnell Glacier is hike you must do!
Jul 2021
This was a wonderful hike with absolutely stunning views and wildlife. It is long, but there is a waterfall to cool you off on your way up and down.
Written 5 August 2021
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cowankelly
Jamestown, RI27 contributions
Grogeous hike
Jul 2021
Not much to say that hasn't already been said. It is gorgeous. Saw mother and baby mountain goat, marmots, ground squirrels. If you are bold - plan to take a dip in upper Grinnel Lake (not for me, too COLD).
Written 3 August 2021
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