Many Glacier | Glacier National Park's Most Scenic Hiking Trails

Introduction to Many Glacier Region

Glacier national park is divided into five areas. Lake McDonald,Many Glacier, North Fork and Goat Haunt,St. Mary,Two MedicineThe Many Glacier area is on the northeast side and is part of the East glacier, just a short distance from theGoing-to-the-sun roadIt's a long way away and the easiest way to get there is by car. Despite its remote location, Many Glacier is considered by many to be the heart of Glacier National Park because it is the most glacier-active area, has an abundance of wildlife, and has some of the best hiking trails in Glacier National Park. Many Glacier's trails are very long, so it's a good idea to plan a two- or three-day trip to the area if you want to do all the more famous trails. For a map of the area, seeThis linkThe most beautiful of the 12 sites are Grinnell glacier and Iceberg lake, both of which are long climbs.

You don't need entry reservation to enter Many Glacier, but when there are many people, the park will restrict the flow of traffic due to the limited parking space, and the entrance may be closed for a few hours at a time. If you are not staying in the Many Glacier area, please come early. When we entered Many Glacier, the entrance road was under renovation. Although we entered the park at 5:00am, there was still a traffic control, so we waited for about 40 minutes with the early arrivals before we could enter the park.

Many Glacier Accommodation

For lodging in Many Glacier, the hotel options here are Many Glacier Hotel and Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, and there is also the campground Many Glacier campground to choose from.

Many Glacier Hotel

Many glacier hotelIt is a high class hotel on this side of the park, built in 1914 and designed to resemble a high class ski resort in Switzerland. It is the largest hotel in the park with 208 rooms. Located on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake, the hotel features upscale restaurants and stores, and the Many Glacier Hotel is also the launching pad for water sports in the Many Glacier area.

Even if you're not staying here, a trip to the spot is a must, whether it's a walk around the lake, enjoying a cocktail on the large patio, or just checking out the luxurious Ptarmigan Dining Room. Due to staffing shortages during the epidemic, the restaurant is currently only open for take-out, which makes it a lot easier to get a good seat by the window with a view of the lake.

The view of the lake from the lodge is beautiful, and it's a short walk to the Lake Josephine trail loop, which picks up the trail all the way to Grinnell glacier.

There is also a small waterfall near the hotel, Swiftcurrent falls, which is quite beautiful, just by the bridge before entering the hotel.

Swiftcurrent Motor Inn

Another inn in the area is the Swiftcurrent motor inn, which is also in a fairly convenient location. Nearby is the trailhead to Iceberg lake and Ptarmigan falls, and the price is relatively affordable.

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Scenic spots and hiking trails

Iceberg lake

The trailhead to Iceberg lake is called Iceberg-Ptarmigan trailhead, behind Swiftcurrent motor inn. This trail is labeled as moderately difficult and is one of the easier of the two most famous trails in Many glacier. Although the gradient is relatively gentle and not difficult, the distance is 9.6 miles long, so you have to evaluate your stamina and time. The scenery along the way is very beautiful. After passing through the forest at the beginning, the middle and back sections are full of open landscapes, glacial meltwater and wildflowers, making it one of the most popular trails in Many glacier.

After trekking 4.9 miles, we finally reached Icerberg lake, which is a greenish-colored lake with a little bit of ice floes in the middle of summer. It was windy and cold, so it was not easy to sit by the lake. We saw some tourists jumping into the cold lake, we really admire their courage.

Lake Josephine loop

Lake Josephine loop is the eight-point trail that connects Swiftcurrent lake and Lake Josephine in front of Many glacier hotel. It is divided into two parts, north shore and south shore, and both of them can circle around Swiftcurrent lake and Lake Josephine together. Lake Josephine. This is a very easy trail, so if you don't have enough time, this is the place to go. It is also a must for those who want to go to Grinnell lake and Grinnell glacier.

Grinnell glacier trail

To get to Grinnell glacier, you need to take the Josephine lake trail to Grinnell glacier trail, counting from the start of Lake Josephine loop, the total round trip length is 11.2 miles, if you want to save a few steps, you can take a boat ride from Many glacier hotel, then you can save about 4 miles round trip. If you want to save a few steps, you can take a boat ride from Many glacier hotel, which saves you 4 miles round trip. However, this part of the trail is actually very flat, and it is the easiest part of the trail, but it is not easy for the rest of the way.

The second half of the Grinnell glacier trail is a bit more difficult than the Iceberg lake, but the price for the hard work is the beautiful alpine lake view. In fact, if you want to climb the whole section of Grinnell glacier trail, you need good timing and good people, first of all, it must be in the summer after the snow melts, and then the bears on the trail must not be too active, either of these two conditions may cause the trail to be partially closed, even though it was the height of the summer two days before we came here, the trail was only partially open.

When you start to climb up the hill, you will first see Grinnell lake in the middle, there is also a route to Grinnell lake in the middle, if you have time, you can also go to see it.

The next two hours of climbing were narrow and winding, but at the end of the day, we could see Grinnel glacier in the distance and the waterfall downstream.

The most adventurous part of the journey was the crossing of a waterfall. You will be soaked to the skin in two seconds after passing through the waterfall, and the path is so narrow that only one or two people can pass through at a time. Everyone tried to put on waterproof clothes before walking through the waterfall.

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The trail becomes steeper and the view is more spectacular. Three lakes can be seen from the heights, from top to bottom: Grinnell lake, Lake Josephine, Swiftcurrent lake.

Finally we reached Grinnell glacier, after the hard work of climbing to the finish line, most of us rushed to find a place to sit down by the lake and have a rest. It's hard to imagine that the lake we are sitting on was a huge glacier 2 miles high a few decades ago, and now it's mostly melted into a glacier lake, with a few waterfalls formed by melt water flowing down the rock wall. We can still see the rest of the glacier, but in a few years it may be too far gone to be seen.

Fishercap lake

Beside the Swiftcurrent motor inn, apart from the Iceberg-Ptarmigan trailhead, there is another trail that leads to Fishercap lake, Redrock falls, etc. Fishercap lake is quite close to the trailhead, about 5 minutes walk. Fishercap lake is quite close to the trailhead, about a five-minute walk. It is a good place to see wildlife, and there is a chance to see moose in the early morning or at dusk.

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