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Grinnell Glacier Overlook

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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. Visithike734.com 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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Aug 9, 2018
Dylan Taylor
Great workout with an unrivaled reward. Steep but entirely doable by anybody in reasonably fit shape. 0.6mi — 0h 12m
Aug 2, 2018
Bobby Hurley
Tough trail but totally worth it!!
Jul 30, 2018
Lisa W
Jul 24, 2018
Alex Hostetler
Take this trail. It’s a must. Hard but well worth it. 0.6mi
Jul 18, 2018
Paul Gormisky
Jul 12, 2018
Jon Wolfe
Must do!!!!
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.

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

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