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Cracker Lake

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 4.8 (26) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Camp beneath one of the largest rock faces on the continent.


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13.0

Miles

20.9

KM

Out and Back

6,045' 1,842 m

High

4,842' 1,476 m

Low

1,434' 437 m

Up

1,434' 437 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly When taken as an overnight, the one way distance is trimmed to just over 6 miles, which makes this a great first backpacking or overnight camping experience .

Overview

From the cerulean blue waters of Cracker Lake to the absolutely massive rock face of Siyeh Peak the hike into Cracker Lake is worth the work it takes to visit. The only drawback is the popularity of the route to horses which tend to leave a fair amount of dung along the trail that hikers must avoid.

Description

Start in the Many Glacier area of the Park and begin the relatively easy hike about six miles into the Glacier backcountry. This is an excellent distance for an overnighter and the camping at the head of the basin is sublime.

Follow Allen Creek up the gorgeous, glacial mountain valley under the peaks of Allen and Wynn Mountains. Here, you'll enjoy the sight of snow on the high peaks well into the late summer months, and see the cascading waterfalls from the high cliffs as that snow melts.

Upon reaching your destination at the head of the basin, you are treated to the north face of Siyeh Peak. This is considered by some to be the tallest vertical rock face on the continent - including the imposing faces of California's Yosemite.

The intrepid alpine lake swimmer may choose to brave the frigid waters of Cracker Lake. Don't be fooled by its deep blue tropical-looking color - it is extremely cold!

Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

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  4.8 from 26 votes

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Photos

Cracker lake when it first comes into view
Aug 23, 2018 near Swiftcu…, MT
Trip review of Cracker Lake and Cracker Flats Horse Trail.
Apr 13, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT
Stunning scenery abounds!
Sep 2, 2015 near Swiftcu…, MT
Cracker Lake headwall
Apr 22, 2015 near Swiftcu…, MT
Overnight trip to Cracker Lake.
Apr 13, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT
Trip review of Cracker Lake.
Apr 13, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT

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Sep 13, 2021
Amir Cohen
Aug 23, 2021
Kelly Ufford
2h40 up, break, 2h40 down good weather saw 3 deer fam — 6h 10m
Aug 2, 2021
Mai Nguyễn
Overnighted at cracker lake camp ground
Jul 30, 2021
Suzy Ducker
Jul 18, 2021
Fernando Buchner
Nice hike. Horse poop in the trail not so much specially in your way back sweaty and tired. Beautiful views of the glaciers and the lake colors amazin 13mi — 5h 07m
Jul 16, 2021
Robby Kirksey
Jul 1, 2021
Yasmin Palmer
Jun 26, 2021
Brian Black
About 6 hrs round trip. That's with stopping to take pics and about a 30 minute lunch at Cracker Lake. Go to end of lake to see old mine equipment. — 6h 00m