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Hiking Glacier guide book
Hiking Glacier & Waterton Lakes Nat'l Parks provides details for more than 60 hikes in the area.













Nat Geo Glacier Trail Map
Trails Illustrated Map for Glacier Nat'l Park contains detailed topographic info, named and clearly marked trails, recreational points of interest and navigational aids for both Glacier and Waterton Lakes.















Counter Assault Bear Deterrent
Counter Assault Bear Deterrent is the only spray to meet or exceed IGBC recommendations. It has the maximum strength allowed by the EPA and Health Canada, and exceeds Bear Biologist and Wildlife Specialist recommendations for bear spray. The 10.2 oz. unit has a spray time of 9.2 seconds and a spray distance of 32 feet. This is the brand carried by rangers in Glacier and Yellowstone.





Directory of Glacier Hiking Trails by Trail Feature

To help you find a suitable hiking trail during your visit to Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana, we've grouped trails according to their predominate feature, based on the following criteria: trails that lead to outstanding panoramic views, waterfalls, lakes, and various/other features.

By clicking on any of the trail names below you'll find more in-depth information, including trail descriptions, key features, directions, photographs, elevation profiles and trail maps.

Difficulty Rating Defined: a difficulty rating of less than 5 is generally considered to be an easy hike, between 5 and 10 is moderate, and above 10 is considered to be strenuous. For a more detailed explanation concerning difficulty ratings while hiking in Glacier, please click here.

RT on the table heading below stands for total round trip mileage.

To get a general idea on the location for each of the trails in Glacier National Park, please check out our park map page.



Outstanding Panoramic Views
Trail Name General Location Trail Features RT Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Dawson Pass Two Medicine  Outstanding Views 9.4 2450 14.30
Firebrand Pass Two Medicine  Outstanding Views, Wildflowers 10.2 1950 14.10
Gable Pass Many Glacier Outstanding Views, Alpine Meadows 13.1 2250 17.60
Granite Park Chalet (via Highline) Logan Pass Outstanding Views, Alpine Meadows, Wildflowers 15.2 1920 19.04
Granite Park Chalet (via The Loop) Logan Pass Outstanding Views, Wildflowers 8.4 2450 13.30
Grinnell Glacier Many Glacier Outstanding Views, Glaciers 7.6 1840 11.28
Hidden Lake Overlook Logan Pass Outstanding Views, Alpine Meadows, Wildflowers 2.7 540 3.78
Highline Loop Logan Pass Outstanding Views, Alpine Meadows, Wildflowers 11.8 1950 15.70
Highline Trail to Haystack Pass Logan Pass Outstanding Views, Alpine Meadows, Wildflowers 7.2 825 8.85
Mt. Brown Lookout Lake McDonald Outstanding Views, Historic 10.1 4250 18.60
Piegan Pass Logan Pass Outstanding Views 9.2 1850 12.90
Pitamakan Pass Two Medicine  Outstanding Views, Lake Views 15.4 2500 20.40
Preston Park Logan Pass Outstanding Views, Alpine Meadows, Wildflowers 7.1 1415 9.93
Ptarmigan Tunnel Many Glacier Oustanding Views, Alpine Lake, Historic 10.7 2300 15.30
Scalplock Mountain Lookout Two Medicine Outstanding Views, Historic 9.4 3175 15.75
Scenic Point Two Medicine Outstanding Views, Alpine Tundra 8.0 2300 12.60
Siyeh Pass Logan Pass Outstanding Views, Alpine Meadows, Wildflowers 8.9 2090 13.08
Siyeh Pass Loop Logan Pass Outstanding Views, Alpine Meadows, Wildflowers 10.4 2280 14.96
Swiftcurrent Pass Many Glacier Outstanding Views, Alpine Meadows, Lakes 14.2 2400 19.00
Two Medicine Pass Two Medicine  Outstanding Views, Alpine Lake 15.8 2350 20.50



Waterfall Hikes
Trail Name General Location Trail Features RT Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Apikuni Falls Many Glacier Waterfalls 1.7 625 2.95
Appistoki Falls Two Medicine  Waterfalls 1.3 175 1.65
Aster Falls Two Medicine  Waterfalls 2.8 320 3.44
Baring Falls St. Mary Lake Waterfalls 0.8 160 1.12
Deadwood Falls Logan Pass Waterfalls, Forest Hike 2.3 665 3.63
Florence Falls Logan Pass Waterfalls, Forest Hike 9.8 975 11.75
Hidden Falls Many Glacier Waterfalls, Forest Hike 2.5 250 3.00
Johns Lake Loop Lake McDonald Waterfalls, Lake Views 1.8 225 2.25
Ptarmigan Falls Many Glacier Oustanding Views, Waterfalls 5.0 768 6.54
Redrock Falls Many Glacier Waterfalls, Lake, Scenic Views 4.2 285 4.77
Rockwell Falls Two Medicine  Waterfalls, Scenic Views, Wildflowers 7.0 375 7.75
Running Eagle Falls Two Medicine  Waterfalls 0.6 15 0.63
St. Mary Area Waterfalls Hike St. Mary Lake Waterfalls, Lake Views 5.2 700 6.60
St. Mary Falls St. Mary Lake Waterfalls 1.7 215 2.13
Twin Falls Two Medicine  Waterfalls 2.3 115 2.53
Virginia Falls St. Mary Lake Waterfalls 3.6 525 4.65



Lake Hikes
Trail Name General Location Trail Features RT Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Avalanche Lake Lake McDonald Lake, Waterfalls 4.5 730 5.96
Bullhead Lake Many Glacier Lakes, Waterfalls, Scenic Views 7.2 425 8.05
Cobalt Lake Two Medicine  Scenic Views, Alpine Lake, Waterfalls, Wildflowers 11.2 1450 14.10
Cracker Lake Many Glacier Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views 12.6 1400 15.40
Fish Lake Lake McDonald Lake, Forest Hike 5.8 1210 8.22
Grinnell Lake Many Glacier Lake, Scenic Views 3.0 220 3.44
Gunsight Lake Logan Pass Outstanding Views, Subalpine Lake, Wildflowers 12.6 1500 15.60
Hidden Lake Logan Pass Outstanding Views, Alpine Meadows, Lake 5.4 1325 8.05
Howe Lake Lake McDonald Lake 4.0 240 4.48
Iceberg Lake Many Glacier Outstanding Views, Alpine Lake 9.7 1275 12.25
Lake McDonald West Shore Lake McDonald Lake Views 14.0 300 14.60
Medicine Grizzly Lake Two Medicine  Subalpine Lake, Scenic Views 12.4 625 13.65
No Name Lake Two Medicine  Alpine Lake, Scenic Views 5.4 905 7.21
Oldman Lake Two Medicine  Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views 13.3 1850 17.00
Otokomi Lake St. Mary Lake Alpine Lake, Waterfalls 10.8 2180 15.16
Paradise Point Two Medicine  Scenic Lake Views 1.4 220 1.84
Poia Lake Many Glacier Lake Views 8.6 1750 12.10
Ptarmigan Lake Many Glacier Oustanding Views, Alpine Lake 8.8 1700 12.20
Quartz Lake Loop Lake McDonald Lake Views, Forest Hike 12.8 2350 17.50
Red Eagle Lake St. Mary Lake Lake Views, Meadows 15.0 300 15.60
Rocky Point Nature Trail Lake McDonald Lake, Scenic Views 1.9 350 2.60
Snyder Lake Lake McDonald Subalpine Lake, Scenic Views 8.7 2045 12.79
Swiftcurrent Lake Nature Trail Many Glacier Scenic and Lake Views, Forest 2.9 25 2.95
Trout Lake Lake McDonald Lake 8.4 4200 16.80
Upper Two Medicine Lake Two Medicine  Lake Views, Meadows, Wildflowers 4.8 350 5.50



Various / Other Features
Trail Name General Location Trail Features RT Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Apgar Lookout Lake McDonald Scenic Views, Historic 7.1 1845 10.79
Aster Park Overlook Two Medicine  Scenic Views, Waterfalls 4.0 780 5.56
Beaver Pond Loop St. Mary Lake Meadows, Forest Hike, Historic 3.6 350 4.30
Belly River Ranger Station Many Glacier Outstanding Views, Historic 12.2 870 13.94
Forest and Fire Nature Trail Lake McDonald Scenic Views, Wildflowers 1.1 180 1.46
Huckleberry Mountain Lookout Lake McDonald Scenic Views 12.0 3400 18.80
Sperry Chalet Lake McDonald Outstanding Views, Waterfalls 12.3 3360 19.02
Trail of the Cedars Lake McDonald Forest Hike, Waterfalls 1.0 60 1.12