Guidebook

11 Great Hikes in Glacier National Park

Get lost in the impressive scenery of Montana’s hiking hub.

Description

Lush meadows, glistening lakes, jagged rock formations, and expansive, star-speckled night skies—Glacier National Park is one of North America’s greatest natural treasures. Joined together in 1932 as the world’s first international peace park, Glacier National Park in Montana and Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta form a combined expanse of 1,013,322 acres spread across the American and Canadian border.

Boasting a rugged topography with many glaciers, superb scenery, and diverse wildlife, it is no wonder that Glacier National Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are over 700 hundred hiking routes in the park, so it's hard to know where to begin! We have curated a list of 11 hikes of varying severity to get your Glacier National Park exploration started.

Sources:
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/354
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/national-parks/glacier-national-park/

Highline Trail + Grinnell Glacier Overlook
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Highline Trail + Grinnell Glacier Overlook

Glacier National Park
5 - 6 hrs
21.0 km
754 m
1,483 m
Simply put: One of the best day hikes in the world.
Difficult
Private
Ptarmigan Tunnel
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Ptarmigan Tunnel

Glacier National Park
4 - 5 hrs
17.7 km
756 m
756 m
Hike through a historic tunnel at the top of the Ptarmigan Wall.
Difficult
Private
Grinnell Glacier Hike
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Grinnell Glacier Hike

Glacier National Park
4 - 5 hrs
18.8 km
638 m
638 m
Day hike to the impressive Grinnell Glacier.
Difficult
Private
Swiftcurrent Pass Trail
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Swiftcurrent Pass Trail

Glacier National Park
5 - 6 hrs
22.3 km
804 m
804 m
A gorgeous day hike through the Swiftcurrent Valley.
Difficult
Private
Swiftcurrent Mountain
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Swiftcurrent Mountain

Glacier National Park
2 - 3 hrs
7.0 km
530 m
530 m
Epic side trip to one of the best views in the park.
Difficult
Private
Hidden Lake
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Hidden Lake

Glacier National Park
2 - 3 hrs
12.2 km
429 m
429 m
Easygoing hike to beautiful Hidden Lake.
Moderate
Private
Bowman Lake Trail to Brown Pass
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Bowman Lake Trail to Brown Pass

Glacier National Park
4 - 5 hrs
21.0 km
840 m
162 m
Overnight hike in Glacier’s remote north region that combines some of the best scenery this national park has to offer.
Difficult
Private
Piegan Pass
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Piegan Pass

Glacier National Park
3 - 4 hrs
14.7 km
587 m
594 m
A relatively uncrowded trail that provides fantastic views.
Difficult
Private
Dawson-Pitamakan Loop
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Dawson-Pitamakan Loop

Glacier National Park
6 - 7 hrs
27.9 km
1,142 m
1,142 m
A lengthy but epic hike over two passes.
Difficult
Private
Iceberg Lake
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Iceberg Lake

Glacier National Park
3 - 4 hrs
16.0 km
468 m
466 m
Hike to a quintessential glacial lake!
Moderate
Private
Lake Josephine Loop
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Lake Josephine Loop

Glacier National Park
1 - 2 hrs
9.0 km
103 m
103 m
Gentle walk around two beautiful lakes.
Moderate
Private