12.2 Miles / 19.6 km
Time to Hike:
6 hours, ~6 minutes
Surface Type:
Glacier National Park
Browning, Montana
48.795688, -113.656045
October 08, 2015
July 21, 2018
1,625 '

Total Change
2,208 '

2,207 '


The Grinnell Glacier Trail in Glacier National Park is by far one of the best hiking trails in the park. It's a 12.2 mile out-and-back hike that leads up to Grinnell Glacier - one of the last glaciers in the lower 48 US states. This day hike can be strenuous, especially at these elevations.

The trail brings you past 3 large lakes, which are formed from snow melt and glacier runoff from high above in the mountains. Just before you reach Grinnell Glacier, you'll see the beautiful waterfall glacial runoff waterfall that descends to the lakes below. 

There are numerous lookout points and photo-ops along the trail and you may even see wildlife like mountain goats (including longhorns), moose, and even bear. It's recommended to bring bear mace and a bear bell just in case.

  1. Parking

    48.795688, -113.656045
  2. Main Trailhead

    48.795182, -113.65682
  3. Grinnell Lake

    48.773478, -113.701548
    Grinnell Lake
  4. Salamander Glacier sitting above Grinnell Glacier's lake

    48.76027, -113.729401
    Salamander Glacier sitting above Grinnell Glacier's lake
  5. Grinnell Glacier

    48.752507, -113.724534
    Grinnell Glacier
  6. Lake Josephine

    48.787604, -113.670296
    Lake Josephine
  7. Split in the trail - stay right

    48.777787, -113.684564
    Split in the trail - stay right
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12.2 miles / 19.6 km
Trail added
October 08, 2015
Hiked on
October 08, 2015
Updated on
July 21, 2018

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