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Address: Cracker Lake Trailhead, Glacier National Park, MT
Phone Number: 4068887800
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Do your research, make preparations, then enjoy this trail

Not for everyone due to length, but well worth the effort. The lake itself is stunning! Saw a huge grizzly across the lake, which was truly awe-inspiring. We were surprised to see... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 September 2016
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Bushnell, Florida
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Bushnell, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Not for everyone due to length, but well worth the effort. The lake itself is stunning! Saw a huge grizzly across the lake, which was truly awe-inspiring. We were surprised to see many hikers completely without water or other supplies. (If you want to experience Cracker Lake without as much effort, hire a wrangler and ride a horse from Many... More 

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Carson City, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Ive been to over 30 national parks and this is one of the most beautiful lakes we have in the lower 48! Problem for most people is that its a 13 mile round trip day hike. Or if money is no object to you then you could sign up for a horse ride to the lake. Its not a tough... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Lovely walk, moderately difficult - but the spring flowers in June and the beauty of the lake at the end made it well worth while. I went early to avoid others, and was rewarded with a moose en route - but also the lake to myself at the end other than a couple of campers. Complete tranquility and much changing... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

This was one of the most rewarding day hikes in memory. It was listed as 6 miles which is a good hike for us. We failed to register that this was one way. We needed to double the distance in order to get back. The hike carries you along the lake, up through a switchback climb in the forest to... More 

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Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

We did an all-day horseback trail ride to Cracker Lake from the Many Glacier Hotel with Swan Mountain Outfitters. It was fantastic, albeit we were a little sore. The lake is stunning and so worth it. It was nice to see the vistas from the vantage point of a horse. Had a picnic lunch at the turquoise lake.

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1 Thank covingtonLouisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

A relatively easy 12.8 mile hike from the trail head and Many Glacier Hotel parking lot to the very end of the lake. A couple miles in there are a series of switchbacks but that is the most difficult part. Otherwise it's pretty gradual grade changes. The scenery along the way is real nice. The lake itself is phenomenal in... More 

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

We had heard that this hike was a purely "destination hike" in Glacier NP. That description is completely accurate. Most of the trail is through tree jail, with not a lot to see until you just about reach the lake. But once you get there...oh my! The views of the lake and the surrounding cliffs were the best we saw... More 

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Hacienda Heights, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

This backcountry hike was amazing! It was relatively easy, 6 miles each way, with nice scenery that lead us to an amazing turquoise lake. The beginning was a bit stinky, as the trail is shared with horses, but after a certain point not as many horses pass through so it gets a little better. The scenery was nice the entire... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015 via mobile

Ok so our experience was really interesting. First off let me say.. We are first time backpackers so we were really green! We had no idea what we were getting into! We got a back country permit to camp a night there. Our first time doing anything like that. The hike is a 4-5 hour hike 1 way!!!! We nearly... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015

This was a maybe hike on my list but turned into a backup plan when another hike was closed due to the fires. It did not disappoint...approx 12 miles round trip ....worth the distance to find the most beautiful turquoise lake and we were lucky enough to spot a large bullhead moose on the other side who decided to lay... More 

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