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Top 10 Hikes in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, located in northwestern Montana, is one of the largest and most spectacular national parks in the country. With two mountain ranges, more than 130 lakes, over 1,000 species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals it is a magnificent sight to behold and well worth the space on your travel bucket list.

In addition to its incredible scenery, Glacier National Park is also famed for its rich biological and geological history; the park’s mountains were formed over 170 million years ago and contain some of the best examples of early fossils on earth. So, it’s not surprising that this park is a top destination for hikers. The park has over 700 miles of hiking trails to help you do just that.

In this post, we’re going to review our top 10 hikes in Glacier National Park. We will include hikes for every skill level and give you a good idea of what to expect so you can get the most out of your trip.

So grab your gear, head on over to Travellers Autobarn for your fully-loaded campervan rental, and prepare for the trip of a lifetime!

The Best Hikes in Glacier National Park

Summer is a great time to visit the park but it is also the busiest time of the year for that reason. If you decide to go during the summer, we recommend starting early to beat the crowds and for the best bet to see wildlife. Not to mention you will get to see the beautiful sunrise as it turns the mountains into an awe-inspiring shade of orange.

If you do encounter wildlife, be sure to stop and wait for them to move away. Not only will this keep from scaring them off, but it is a good safety measure as a scared animal can become aggressive.

Our top picks have varying difficulty levels, distances, and elevations. We’ll review each and discuss some highlights so that you can choose which options are best for you and anyone you might be traveling with.

As always, plan ahead. Check for safety advisories and pack the necessary gear and provisions. A safe hike is a happy hike!

1. Trail of the Cedars

Difficulty Level: Easy
Distance: 1 mile
Total Elevation: 60 feet

This is a short and easy hike. Perfect for first-timers looking to gauge their ability for future hikes or for groups with the elderly or children. It is handicap accessible as well. The flowing river and majestic trees make for a memorable hike with plenty of shady spots to stop for a picnic.