Glacier Lake Trail

Custer National Forest, Montana

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Glacier Lake Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Cody, Wyoming and Montana. It is within Custer National Forest and Shoshone National Forest. It is two miles long and begins at 8,680 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,128 feet. Near the trailhead there are a parking and restrooms. Along the trail there are a water, a viewpoint, and a glacier.
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Glacier Lake Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Cody, Wyoming and Montana. It is within Custer National Forest and Shoshone National Forest. It is two miles long and begins at 8,680 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,128 feet. Near the trailhead there are a parking and restrooms. Along the trail there are a water, a viewpoint, and a glacier. This trail connects with the following: Rock Creek Road.
Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Custer National Forest
Distance: 2.0
Elevation Gain: 2,128 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 8,680 feet
Top Elevation: 9,917 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Glacier Lake Trail
Parks: Shoshone National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 8680/9917 ft
Elevation Start/End: 8680/8680 ft

Glacier Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A short but steep hike to a rugged, alpine environment and huge, windswept lake"

"A rugged, alpine environment accessible with a short (but steep) hike. Although this route could be done as an overnighter, the Glacier Lake area seems nicely suited to a long day of exploring, fishing, photographing, and simply enjoying high-elevation majestic vistas. It’s easily accessible by a 2-mile trail. The Forest Service has restricted stock use on this trail due to hazardous conditions for horses. The trail to Glacier Lake is short but very steep. The trailhead is at 8,680 feet and the lake is at 9,702 feet, but the route actually climbs more than the difference (1,022 feet )in the 2 miles to Glacier Lake. That’s because there’s a ridge in the middle that’s about 800 feet higher than the lake."

"A steep but short day trip or overnighter to a high-elevation lake basin. Although this route could be done as an overnighter, the Glacier Lake area seems nicely suited to a long day of exploring, fishing, photographing, and simply enjoying majestic high-elevation vistas.

It’s easily accessible by a 2-mile trail. The Forest Service
has restricted stock use on this trail due to hazardous conditions for horses. The trail to Glacier Lake is short but very steep. The trailhead is at 8,680 feet and the lake is at 9,702 feet, but the route actually climbs more than the difference (1,022 feet) in the 2 miles to Glacier Lake."

"A steep but short day trip to a high-elevation lake basin."

"Glacier Lake, the headwaters of Rock Creek, straddles the Montana-Wyoming border in a deep bowl at 9,691 feet. Surrounded by towering, snow-capped mountains, the 1 64-acre high-alpine lake is the largest lake in the Rock Creek drainage.

The steady climb to Glacier Lake follows the swift, cascading Moon Creek for a half mile, then crosses the creek on a 50-foot-long footbridge. Throughout the hike are stunning views of the high granite cliffs and glacier-carved canyon dotted with old, twisted pines."

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May 2018