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The Grinnell Glacier Overlook is one of the top views in Glacier National Park but one that requires some effort to get to. If you are doing the Garden Wall as a day hike and get an early start, you can do this spur trail to the overlook fairly easily. It is just under a mile but climbs very steeply, it feels like about 1000 feet at that point but probably closer to 600. The view down at the Grinnell Glacier is fantastic as well as giving you a nice look into the valley you hike through to get right to the Glacier. You can see icebergs floating around in the powder blue waters of the glacier's pool along with lots of little people scurrying around on shore.
This is a very popular day hike for people staying at Granite Park Chalet and alternatively, you can hike there in a shorter distance (though much more of a climb) via The Loop Trail. Pick your poison, anyway you dice it, you will be climbing.
I will never forget looking down at this lake in 1994 and saying I wanted to hike to the glacier itself. Unfortunately, the Grinnell Glacier Trail was closed due to grizzly activity when I was there. On the 2008 trip, we had already done the hike so it was cool to look down at where we had been a few days earlier. We were none too smug though as we had to carry a full backpack each up to the overlook as you are not allowed to leave your gear on the main trail while doing the side trip. There were packs down there and we met a guy at the top who asked why we carried ours up as we gasped for air unable to explain that we were just following the rules!
You will come to the turnoff at around 6.8 miles from Logan Pass along the Garden Wall so you are looking at a 16 mile round trip hike to the Grinnell Overlook and back to Logan Pass. It is certainly a great hike and a good enough place to turn around, but get an early start to ensure an enjoyable and not too rushed trip.
Directions: Hike from Logan Pass which is about 60 miles or 2 hours from the West Entrance Station and 20 miles or a half hour from the East Entrance Station. From Many Glacier, where we were camping, it was 40 miles and 1.5 hours.
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