Glacier National Park – Grinnell and Iceberg

Warmed up from hiking to Hidden Lake twice and St. Mary’s falls, we tackled Grinnell Glacier Trail. We meet or guide Dean at the Many Glacier Hotel boat dock, where we boarded and boat rode across Swiftcurrent Lake. Then walked a short distance and rode another boat across Lake Josephine to the trail head. Ridding the boat saved us about 4 miles roundtrip of hiking and boy was glad about this at the end of the day.

Grinnell Glacier Trail

This is one of the most scenic hikes in the park and therefore one of the more popular hikes in the park. Unfortunately, on our day the skies were socked in with haze from forest fires in Idaho. The haze was a killer for photo ops, but it was still a totally amazing day. The hike was difficult with lots of climbing and the 20+ lbs camera gear on my back was no help in getting to top of the 4.5 trail (one way). We marched on and were rewarded at the end with a stunning view of Upper Grinnell Lake and the Grinnell Glacier.

Never in my life did I think I would get to see a glacier and lake formed from it’s melting waters. Thanks to Dean and his water-filtration system, I even drank water from the glacier!

Upper Grinnell Lake in Glacier National Park, MT

27 August 2012: Upper Grinnell Lake in Glacier National Park, MT

Iceberg Lake

With sore feet and tired legs, the next day we hiked to Iceberg Lake. This trail is one of the best designed trails in the park, it has a vertical elevation gain of 1200 feet,  yet it has been designed to gain this vertical rise very gradually. We were very thankful for those trail engineers after all the miles on Grinnell the day before. The lake at the end was full of plenty icebergs and Dean said it was best he had seen in the 20+ times he had visited the lake.

In the end, we hiked about 20 miles in two days, but were still smiling at the end. It was exhilarating and I’m so glad to be able to see such beautiful places.

Jeanine and Perri after 20 miles of hiking.

Jeanine and Perri after 20 miles of hiking in two days.


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