The hike to the top of Grinnell Glacier is such a contrast — the pay off at the end of the hike is a beautiful snow capped glacier in a wintery setting, but the climb up is sunny and blue. The view from the trail along the way is scenic and varied and stunning in its own right.
The 5.5 mile trail to Grinnell Glacier is considered the most scenic in Glacier National Park, which also makes it the most popular of the park’s 700 miles of trails. In addition to wildlife and diverse landscapes, a few miles into the hike you come upon sparkling Grinnell Lake, which is formed by the water running off the glacier and the striking aqua-blue color is the result of the debris picked up along the way. In contrast, the water of Upper Grinnell Lake at the base of the glacier is white.
It’s not a strenuous climb, made up mostly of switchbacks rather than a steep ascent, so it’s a doable hike for all levels of hikers. There are some narrow parts and a rocky section that can be a little slippery but the pay off is worth it when you arrive at the majestic Grinnell Glacier and a winter wonderland of snow!
This year Glacier National Park is celebrating their 100th anniversary! For more information on the park, lodging and celebration events, visit Glacier Park Inc