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Josephine Walk

Intermediate
 3.3 (3)

A raised trail along the head of a beautiful lake with great views and a chance to see moose.


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Map Key

0.4

Miles

0.7

KM

Point to Point

4,992' 1,521 m

High

4,888' 1,490 m

Low

104' 32 m

Up

7' 2 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs No Dogs

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

Family Friendly An easy and level route that can be paired with a boat ride, which will excite visitors of all ages.

Bring bear spray.

Description

This trail connects the South Shore Lake Josephine Trail with the Grinnell Glacier Trail. It starts over by the boat dock at the head of the lake on the south shore and wraps its way through the trees along the head of the lake. From here, you step up onto a raised boardwalk, keeping your feet dry as you traverse through willows. You have a great view of the lake. Birding for warblers and other riparian birds is great.

As you approach the creek, you drop down to a nice trail through the trees, but still close to the lake, then out through the low growing plants to a bridge over the creek. This section gives you incredible views up the drainage to the mighty peaks made of vertical rock and snow.

Once across, you can take the level North Shore Lake Josephine Trail around the lake or continue on the trail as it climbs up to the Grinnell Glacier Trail.

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

This wet area features thimbleberry, beargrass, willows and other such plants. Warblers, chickadees and other forest birds as well as waterfowl such as mergansers and goldeneyes dive in the lake. Moose can be seen and bears do frequent the area.

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Jake Bramante

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  3.3 from 3 votes

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in Many Glacier

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in Montana

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Tour of Swiftcurrent Lake, Lake Josephine, and Grinnell Lake.
May 13, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT
View of Lake Josephine from raised walk at head of lake.
Jun 9, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT

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