Glacier National Park has a lot to offer visitors. From its alpine meadows and rugged mountainsides to the 700 miles of hiking trails, the park is a paradise for all who love nature. With so many miles of trails to choose from, it might be difficult for a first time visitor to determine where the best hiking trails can be found. The trails listed below offer hikers a variety of challenges, scenery, and experiences can get you out and exploring all that awaits you.
Though this trail includes majestic views and beautiful scenery, it is definitely not a beginners trail. Considered by many to be one of the most difficult trails in the park, the path offers a lot of twists and turns and changes in elevation. That being said, it also offers scenery that includes three lakes and an unbelievable view of Swiftcurrent Glacier, the six lakes of the park and Heaves Peak.
Perhaps one of the most popular hikes in the park this excursion offers views of icebergs, Ptarmigan Wall, and Alpine Lake. The entire trip is roughly 10 miles and at its highest point hits just over 6100 feet. There are points on the trail that can be strenuous, but for the most part, the trail would be considered moderate for hikers. Make note, however, the trail is known to run through an area that is known to be a home to a prime bear habitat. It is highly recommended that hikers carry bear spray with them when they are on this trail (as well as many of the others that run through Glacier National Park).
The trail at Cracker Lake is well-known for the outstanding views that it offers of Alpine Lake as well as the path that runs through a thick forest and the horses from the concessioner’s corral that frequent the path in the early morning hours. Depending on the time of year that you visit the path can be quite dusty or muddy along this section due to the daily traffic from the horses. It only takes a few miles into the journey before you reach areas that offer beautiful views of the Cracker Flats and surrounding area. If you follow the path from start to finish it is roughly 12.6 miles around with a few spots that offer some challenges. For the most part, it is an easily maneuvered trail with a number of majestic photo opportunities.