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Grinnell Glacier Overlook

 4.8 (8)


0.9 Miles 1.4 Kilometers

970' 296 m


-41' -13 m



Avg Grade (12°)


Max Grade (17°)

7,561' 2,305 m


6,613' 2,016 m


Shared By Jake Bramante



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This short, steep trail leads you to the top of the Garden Wall overlooking the Grinnell Glacier.

Jake Bramante

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Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Bring bear spray.


This popular spur trail off of the Highline Trail is very steep, but the epic views are worth it. Approximately 0.7 miles southeast of Granite Park Chalet, a signed trail breaks off. It travels through the rocky slopes of the Garden Wall. From the moment you take off on the trail, you have incredible views which are a feast for the eyes as you catch your breath.

As you climb, there really isn't any relief from the steep ascent for the short, 0.8 miles. Along the way keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and hoary marmots who frequent the area. This trail feels more like a goat trail than a traditional trail, but the footing is secure all the way up to the wall where it steeply drops off to incredible views.

This trail takes you to the Continental Divide. Views from the top look down on Grinnell Glacier, the Salamander (formerly part of Grinnell Glacier, but now a separate, hanging glacier) and the surreal, turquoise Upper Grinnell Lake. Sheer cliff faces add more drama as if more drama were necessary. A panorama of jagged mountains are in every direction.

You may need to duck around the corner to get out of the wind which can blow pretty hard in this area. The effort is absolutely worth it.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

Dry, alpine flowers such as moss campion and buckwheat are found amongst the shale. Bighorn sheep, marmots, pikas, and golden-mantled squirrels can be found in the talus while mountain goats can be seen in the cliffs. Bears can be seen in this area as can wolverines for the lucky few.


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Jul 8, 2018
Barrett Wilson
Don’t miss this beauty! Keep hiking/scrabbling past the saddle to the first shelf for a fantastic view of the cirque of Grinnell peak!
Jul 2, 2018
Ryan McCann
Short hike off of Highline but difficult to to climb and altitude. Very much worth the effort to be on continental divide with two great views.
Aug 28, 2017
Rebecca Smith
Aug 22, 2017
Zach Toland
Very steep ascent to the glacier overlook. Great view of Grinnell Glacier but challenging hike up and down. Was an addition to The Highline Trail h... 2mi
Aug 4, 2017
Arminda Evelyn
Jul 23, 2017
Jessica D
Jul 20, 2017
Kate N
Jun 7, 2016
Kyle Hatch

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Chad DuBois   Roaming
This was a GRUNT! However, the views from the top are fantastic. Well worth the effort. Aug 24, 2017

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