Glacier Lake Trail

Custer National Forest, Montana

Distance2.0mi
Elevation Gain2,128ft
Trailhead Elevation8,680ft
Top9,917ft
Elevation Min/Max8680/9917ft
Elevation Start/End8680/8680ft

Glacier Lake Trail

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.

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Hiking Montana (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider
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"A short but steep hike to a rugged, alpine environment and huge, windswept lake" Read more
Hiking Montana (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider
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"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." Read more
Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"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." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A steep but short day trip to a high-elevation lake basin." Read more
Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"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." Read more

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8/4/2018
This was a little more difficult that we expected. The trail is at a pretty steady incline but the views along the way and when you get to the top are worth it. Very beautiful! I would like to go back in the spring when the wild flowers are in full bloom.
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Trail Information

Custer National Forest
Nearby City
Shoshone National Forest
Parks
Custer National Forest, Beartooth Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Beartooth Butte and Silver Run Peak; RMS Alpine–Mount Maurice; and at least 1 wilderness-wide map
Local Maps

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Dec 2018