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North Shore Lake Josephine Trail

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This amazing hike along the north shore of Lake Josephine gives you fantastic views.


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Map Key

1.4

Miles

2.2

KM

Point to Point

4,949' 1,508 m

High

4,889' 1,490 m

Low

97' 30 m

Up

81' 25 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly A level trail with a wonderful lake and optional boat ride for a fee.

Bring bear spray.

Description

This trail starts at the boat dock on Swiftcurrent Lake where passengers load/unload from the Many Glacier Hotel. It briefly climbs up a roughly paved path through a pleasant forest for approximately a quarter of a mile before reaching the boat dock on the foot of Lake Josephine. This wonderful shore is picture perfect and a great spot to stop and enjoy the towering mountains.

From here the trail briefly enters the forest again and emerges right along the shores. The rest of the trail follows this amazing shoreline backdropped by Allen Mountain to the head of the lake. Keep an eye out for moose at the head of the lake and mountain goats, bighorn sheep and the occasional bear in the hillside above.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

Wide variety of flowers such as beargrass, spiraea, and columbine. Great place to see the park's megafauna such as moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and the occasional bear.

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  4.3 from 4 votes

#12

in Many Glacier

#8244

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#12

in Many Glacier

#185

in Montana

#8,244

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Photos

Early morning by Lake Josephine on the Upper Grinnell Lake Trail. Mount Gould illuminated in the distant background.
Aug 9, 2018 near Swiftcu…, MT
Lake Josephine. with permission from Dominique Hazard
Jun 14, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT
The boat dock on Lake Josephine.
May 16, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT
Beautiful day for a hike. with permission from Dominique Hazard
May 16, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT
Walking along the North Shore Lake Josephine Trail. with permission from Dominique Hazard
Jun 14, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT
Cloudy fall day at the boat dock on Lake Josephine.
May 13, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT

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