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Insane Hike!! Absolutely worth it.

I have to start off by saying - make sure you take enough water and snacks. We could have been a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
sarahalyss
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Des Moines, Iowa
Great hike and great views

For me quite a tough hike, about 8 miles and 1600 feet gain. I did it in mid September and... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
charlieson3
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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A large glacier offering 300 acres of beauty.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have to start off by saying - make sure you take enough water and snacks. We could have been a little better prepared. We decided to take on this hike the second day we were in the park and it took all of our...More

4  Thank sarahalyss
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

For me quite a tough hike, about 8 miles and 1600 feet gain. I did it in mid September and beforehand was a bit dubious about hiking it on my own as weather was cold and very misty. But the boats across Swiftcurrent and Josephine...More

3  Thank charlieson3
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Wife and I, both mid 60s, hiked this trail on Sept 30, 2017. Boats were no longer running so we hiked the entire trail in and out. We are in decent shape, do several miles of walking each day at home. I had heart valve...More

10  Thank dogdoogone
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

We decided while staying on the West side to drive around and hike this amazing hike. We had ran out of time while staying on the East side so didn't think we would have the time to do this. But when they closed the GTTSR...More

1  Thank TimbersHouse
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

The double boat rides from Swiftcurrent to the base trail point to Grinnell Glacier and Grinnel Lake was the highlight of our trip to Galcier National Park. It is breathtaking from the time you get on the first boat till you return to Many Glacier...More

3  Thank Daniel H
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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

What a fabulous hike! We love the outdoors but weren't in great shape this year so was a little nervous if this hike would be a little too steep for us. It gave us a run for our money but we were able to do...More

2  Thank ariceli79
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

Grinnell Glacier named for the famous conservationist, George Grinnell was originally over 700 acres and encompassed what is now Salamander Glacier. Grinnell is currently 40% smaller and Salamander Glacier is no longer connected. It is expected that Grinnell Glacier will disappear by 2030 unless CO2...More

1  Thank Kathleen1314
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Opt for an early morning hike (around 8.30 AM). Ranger program: - Start from the Many Glacier Hotel - Reach a little early, get a coffee from the hotel and walk around the lake. It is beautiful as you can see from my early morning...More

5  Thank Suresh L
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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Grinnell Glacier hike is amazing.   It is about 12 miles long if you decide to walk all the way over to the mouth of the Glacier.  We got super lucky and were able to see a bear (at entrance), mountain goat, moose, lots of...More

1  Thank Neethu J
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

The long route is starting from the hotel, and the short route is taking the boats up swiftcurrent and josephine lakes. Either way is doable in a day. This hike has stunning views the entire way up. Be on the lookout for wildlife too as...More

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10 February 2018|
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Response from dawnski99 | Reviewed this property |
I thought the hike was a good one for kids. There were several on the trail the day we hiked. Make sure they have plenty of water and snacks. You will see wildlife and there was a momma and two cubs by the trail while we... More
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Response from MaryEllenM27 | Reviewed this property |
There are no silly questions! Glacier is actually a little complicated to navigate without a car and when you are unfamiliar with it. Swiftcurrent/Many Glacier in particular may be the most complicated to get to because... More
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HeartyBoy22
29 November 2017|
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Response from MaryEllenM27 | Reviewed this property |
Using the boats over the both lakes takes about 3 miles off of the total hike. Using the boats means your hike will be about 7 miles long instead of a bit over 10. But remember there is the equivalent of four flights of... More
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