Grinnell Glacier Overlook
Grinnell Glacier as seen from the Grinnell Glacier Overlook, Glacier National Park
The Grinnell Glacier Overlook is a very special place that is thousands of feet above the Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park. The view from this overlook is absolutely spectacular, and it's very much worth the hike up the Highline Trail on the Going-to-the-Sun Road at Logan Pass to see it.
To get to the Grinnell Glacier Overlook in Glacier National Park, you take the Highline Trail almost to the Granite Park Chalet. About a mile before the chalet, you'll see the Grinnell Glacier Overlook Trail heading off to the right. It's a fairly steep and steady hike up to the overlook, so make sure you are in proper physical condition before attempting it. But in all honesty, if you get tired, just stop and rest for awhile, enjoy the view, and then continue on. Once you get to the Grinnell Glacier Overlook, you'll be glad you made the effort!
The Grinnell Overlook Trail branches off the Highline Trail about 6.8 miles from the Logan Pass parking lot, and it is only about a mile in length. Again, it's a fairly steep hike, but well worth the effort. You will be able to stand in a great notch on the top of the Garden Wall (which is the continental divide), and enjoy a breathtaking view!
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Here are some visitors on the Grinnell Glacier Overlook in Glacier National Park, which is basically a great notch in the Garden Wall. Many visitors every summer take this hike, and no one is ever disappointed.
This is the classic view from the Grinnell Glacier Overlook in Glacier National Park. Directly below us is Salamander Glacier, and hundreds of feet below Salamander is the Grinnell Glacier. (From this angle it looks like Salamander isn't very high above Grinnell Glacier, but it's actually nearly 500 feet above it.)
The semi-frozen lake just off Grinnell Glacier is Upper Grinnell Lake. The water from this lake then flows about a thousand feet down several waterfalls until it empties into Grinnell Lake, which is located to the extreme left on this photo. The huge mountain directly above Grinnell Glacier is the iconic Mount Gould.
From the notch at the Grinnell Glacier Overlook in Glacier National Park, if you work your way to the left, up the ridge, you will get this view of the lakes of the Grinnell and Many Glacier Area. The semi-frozen lake directly below us is Upper Grinnell Lake, and the next one down is Grinnell Lake. From there, Lake Josephine is next, and beyond that is Swiftcurrent Lake (not in view), and final lake in the chain, far below us in the distance is Sherburne Lake.
You will never forget your hike to the Grinnell Glacier Overlook in Glacier National Park!