Swiftcurrent Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 118' 36 m
Descent: -138' -42 m
High: 4,932' 1,503 m
Low: 4,884' 1,489 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“A gentle loop around Swiftcurrent Lake with wonderful views and a chance to see many animals.”— Jake Bramante
Family Friendly Level, varied trail around a lake with many scenic bridges and places to see wildlife.
The trail continues along the eastern shore where it passes by a boat house all the way to the head of the lake where a footbridge has you cross over Cataract Creek right after the junction for a cutoff trail to the South Shore Lake Josephine Trail. The trail travels east through more trees and shoreline until it gets to the boat launch and intersects with the Grinnell Glacier Trail. Take a right and head north along the west shoreline through more trees with filtered views of the lake.
The trail then breaks away from the lake as it heads towards the Grinnell Glacier Trailhead, crossing over Swiftcurrent Creek. This area is a great section to keep your eye out for moose as you head through the trees. Once at the Grinnell Glacier Trailhead, follow the loop of the road to the right and, just before you get to the Many Glacier Road, you'll see the trail take off again and follow along the shoreline. Views across the lake of the hotel are wonderful. Keep an eye up on the hillsides to the north which is frequently inhabited by bears, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats.
The trail eventually wraps around onto the road, crosses the outlet creek via a bridge and parallels the road back to the hotel.
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