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Hiking to a glacier at Glacier National Park

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Hiking to a glacier at Glacier National Park

I’m looking to hike to a glacier. I see Grinnell Glacier Trail takes you to Grinnell Glacier. Are there other trails that take you to the other glaciers in the park??

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1. Re: Hiking to a glacier at Glacier National Park

The Grinnell Glacier trail is probably the easiest way to hike to a glacier (though it is a moderately strenuous 11 mile hike). There is also a trail to Sperry Glacier, but that would be something like an 18+ mile day hike (easier if you're backpacking or staying at Sperry Chalet when it was open).

Some trails will give you good views of glaciers, like Switfcurrent Pass, Siyeh Pass, and probably some others.

GNP is probably not the place to go if you want to get *on* a glacier. It's more about seeing the landscape formed by the large glaciers long ago, than seeing the small ones there now.

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2. Re: Hiking to a glacier at Glacier National Park

When are you coming? The Grinnell Glacier trail is not always fully hike-able until sometime in Mid-July or later.

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Some day when you have more time and can plan a different trip...if you want to get up close and personal with MANY glaciers...drive up to Banff/Jasper. Those parks are a full days drive north of here. In spite of Glacier's name, there are not many easily accessible Glaciers here.

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Banff/Jasper is a bigger park...200 miles long from Banff township to Jasper township. To truly see, hike and enjoy those parks well, you would need to plan on at least 7 - 10 days up there (including flight days), Ideally flying into and out of Calgary.

The best scenery, hiking and the Glaciers are located along the world famous Icefields Parkway north of Lake Louise. You can even take a tour out onto the Athabaska Glacier from Icefields Center.

"Along the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) jaw-dropping scenery is punctuated by more than 100 ancient glaciers, waterfalls cascading from dramatic rock spires and turquoise lakes set in sweeping valleys. There are so many places where you can pull over to take spectacular photos or find a trailhead to hike. You’ll want to take your time, with many must-see stops along the way. Remember to fill up your gas tank before leaving Lake Louise – there’s only one service station along the route."

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3. Re: Hiking to a glacier at Glacier National Park

If more adventurous, Jackson Glacier overlook to gunsight lake = 10km, then there is an "off-trail" that takes you to the base of the glacier. Pretty easy hike in, only about 500 ft. elevation gain. However, the last 1/2 mi. returning is steep. This is a full day hike.

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