Best Hikes in Glacier National Park Under 5 miles

Glacier National Park: Welcome to another stunning day in Glacier National Park! ️ Get ready for some serious fun and epic views, because I’m about to share the coolest hikes you can tackle here. Trust me, it’s gonna be unforgettable!

Remember that time in 2019 when you stumbled upon this amazing place? Yeah, Glacier National Park is THAT good. Towering mountains, wild critters, and breathtaking beauty around every corner – it’s like stepping into a postcard come to life. And guess what? I wanna help you experience that same magic.

So, to make things easy, let’s start with the hikes, from chill strolls to leg-burning treks. Perfect for all levels of adventurers!

Glacier National Park, a crown jewel of Montana, boasts breathtaking scenery and diverse wildlife. Among its many treasures are two incredible hikes, perfect for adventurers of all levels: Sun Point and Bread Rockfalls via Swiftcurrent Pass.

Sun Point: A Panoramic Paradise

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1.7 miles out and back
  • Highlights:
    • Stunning views of St. Mary Lake, snow-capped mountains, and cascading waterfalls
    • Short and flat trail, suitable for all fitness levels
    • Featured in iconic movies like “Forrest Gump” and “The Shining”
Best Hikes in Glacier National Park Under 5 miles
Best Hikes in Glacier National Park Under 5 miles

Imagine standing at Sun Point, gazing across the crystal-clear waters of St. Mary Lake. Snow-capped peaks pierce the azure sky, while three majestic waterfalls – Virginia, Baring, and St. Mary’s – tumble down the lush mountainsides. This postcard-perfect panorama awaits you on this easy, 1.7-mile loop trail.

Tip: Arrive early to avoid crowds and soak in the tranquility of this magical spot.

Bread Rockfalls: Wildlife Wonderland

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 3.6 miles out and back
  • Highlights:
    • Abundant wildlife sightings: sheep, rabbits, moose, deer, foxes, and even bears (from a safe distance, of course!)
    • Towering mountains and picturesque meadows
    • Longer trail with gradual elevation gain, offering a moderate challenge

For those seeking a bit more adventure, Bread Rockfalls via Swiftcurrent Pass beckons. This 3.6-mile out-and-back trail winds through meadows teeming with wildflowers and past towering mountains. Keep your eyes peeled, as you might encounter curious sheep, playful rabbits, majestic moose, and graceful deer. With a bit of luck, you might even spot a bear (remember, observe from afar!).

Red Rock Falls is a must-see! It’s one of the easiest walks in the park, so it can get crowded sometimes. But the cascading water and stunning scenery are definitely worth it.

For another relaxing option, try the Trail of Cedars. It’s a short loop, only 0.8 miles long, and it’s completely paved with a boardwalk. Perfect for a leisurely stroll among the beautiful cedar trees.

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Get ready for a great adventure in a wheelchair-friendly trail that guides you through tall cedar forests and offers breathtaking views of Avalanche Gorge. Conveniently situated along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, this trail tends to get busy quickly, just like our other easier hikes. To add a bit of challenge and length to your hike, we suggest taking a side detour to Avalanche Lake.

This extension brings the total distance to about 5.5 miles round trip, with more ups and downs along the way. Avalanche Lake is a hidden gem—serene, beautiful, and far less crowded.

Another moderate hike to consider is the Hidden Lake Hike, starting from Logan Pass. It’s a little over five miles round trip from the Logan Pass Visitor Center. Follow the signs through stunning wildflower meadows toward Hidden Lake Overlook, ascending gently by 460 feet to a popular viewpoint. Despite our experience with fog obscuring the view, online pictures reveal the overlook’s stunning beauty.

Descend steeply from the overlook to the shores of Hidden Lake for an up-close look at its natural beauty. Keep in mind that this hike is popular, so an early start is highly recommended for a more enjoyable experience.

Make sure to stop by the Visitor Center too, because bears are often seen, and they might close the trail. Alright, now that you’ve tackled some easier hikes, let’s move on to a bit more challenging one: Iceberg Lake. If you love constant mountain views, this is the hike for you. It’s a 9.5-mile round trip starting from the Iceberg Ptarmigan Trailhead behind the Swift Current Motor Inn.

The first part of the trail is pretty steep, climbing about 12,000 feet quickly, but it levels out after that. I know I’ve said it before, but this trail is amazing. Within a mile, we spotted our first bear. It’s only been like ten minutes into our first hike at Glacier, and we’ve already seen a bear – that’s crazy! Anyway, back on the trail.

Throughout the hike, you’re surrounded by towering mountains, pine trees, and magical sparkling lakes. The scenery is incredible. At the end of the trail is the beautiful Iceberg Lake – the water is clear, the cliffs are tall and steep, and it’s the kind of place you’d love to be.

Hey there! If you’re planning to stay a bit longer, consider hitting the trail early in the morning when it’s super peaceful. The spot I recommend is the Cracker Lake trail—it’s a bit challenging, about 13 miles round trip. You start from the Many Glacier Hotel car park, and there’s some serious climbing, around 14,000 feet. It might be tough in spots, but if you’re an experienced hiker, you’ve got this.

Best Hikes in Glacier National Park Under 5 miles 2024
Best Hikes in Glacier National Park Under 5 miles 2024

The trail takes you through pine forests, meadows, towering cliffs, and winding valleys. Eventually, you’ll reach the stunning Cracker Lake. This lake has this amazing aquamarine color, and with the granite peaks in the background, it’s my absolute favorite hike in the whole park. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too crowded when I went, which made it even more enjoyable.

Keep in mind that some parts of the trail are shared with horse riders, so it can get a bit muddy and, well, watch your step. Also, bears like to hang around, so bring some bear spray just in case. Oh, and on our trek, we even spotted a shiny moose with her calf—a pretty cool bonus!

If you’re like me and enjoy some peace and quiet, this trail is perfect for you. So, if you’re heading to Glacier National Park, give this hike a shot. And if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to ask. Happy hiking!

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