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Cracker Lake Hike

Cracker Lake Trailhead, Glacier National Park, MT
+1 406-888-7800
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A turquoise gem of a lake

The first part of the trail is shared with horseback riders and can be a bit odoriferous with horse... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lethbridge, Canada
Gorgeous Lake, Trail Better On Horseback!

This turned out to be a long slog of a hike and we nearly turned around several times...but we did... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2017
Kalispell, Montana
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Cracker Lake Trailhead, Glacier National Park, MT
+1 406-888-7800
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The first part of the trail is shared with horseback riders and can be a bit odoriferous with horse droppings! It ascends slowly in a valley. Spend time at this lovely cold lake but watch out for wildlife.

Thank JJawandering
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This turned out to be a long slog of a hike and we nearly turned around several times...but we did not give up. The reward, is a gorgeous turquoise lake, a slew of great photos and blisters on our feet. The problem is the length...More

1  Thank MaryEllenM27
Reviewed 30 January 2017

The hike to Cracker lake is a very long hike. It is 18 km (13.5 miles) long. The good part is that it is mostly flat. This is not a very busy trail, so we were very cautious about bears.This is definitely bear country. Most...More

3  Thank cestovatel25
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...More

1  Thank VespagirL55
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...More

3  Thank mhulkman
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...More

Thank Paul A
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...More

3  Thank Phillip G
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...More

1  Thank covingtonLouisiana
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...More

2  Thank Jared G
Reviewed 8 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...More

3  Thank Jeremiah Z
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