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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hike to Grinnell Glacier

Rick Morgan

Glacier National Park is a beautiful place and the hike to Grinnell Glacier provides a good sampling of the spectacular sights found in the park. 

Pam and John
I became motivated to do this hike thanks to Pam and John Wright from “Oh, The Places They Go!” They had been camping on the East side of Glacier and last Saturday made a rather harrowing journey over Logan Pass to pay us a visit. We had been following each other’s blogs and Facebook activity for a couple of years.  While traveling around the Southwest we came close a couple of times to being in the same place at the same time… so, finally an in person meeting. The afternoon flew by as we shared stories of our RV adventures.

Mt. Wilbur from boat ride on Swiftcurrent lake
What does this have to do with hiking to Grinnell Glacier? One of the items on Pam and John’s hit list while at Glacier National Park was the Grinnell Glacier Hike, which they planned on doing Sunday. That was enough motivation for me to commit to doing the hike as well. But I needed to wait until Tuesday – one of our “free” days from our volunteer camp hosting duties.

Boat dock at Lake Josephine
Pam and John did make the hike and Pam wrote a wonderful review, which you can read here.

Garden Wall and Grinnell Lake
My hike was different from theirs in two ways. I took the two boat rides across Swiftcurrent and Josephine lakes. That cut almost 5 miles – making my hike close to 8 miles vs. 13. I chose this option due to time. The round trip drive was close to 5 hours which when I tacked on a 13 mile hike was going to make a very long day. OK! OK! The real reason was I just didn’t want to hike 13 miles.


The other big difference was the weather – it was perfect the day I hiked.



There isn’t anything I can add about the hike that Pam didn’t cover. So, I will just leave you with some pictures of a hike that shouldn’t be missed.