Grinnell Falls and Salamander Falls

Glacier National Park / Many Glacier, Montana, USA

About Grinnell Falls and Salamander Falls


Hiking Distance: 11 miles round trip (w/o boat shuttle); 7.6 miles round trip (w/ boat shuttle in both directions)
Suggested Time: 6-8 hours

Date first visited: 2017-08-07
Date last visited: 2017-08-07

Waterfall Latitude: 48.76259
Waterfall Longitude: -113.72096

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Grinnell Falls and Salamander Falls, while spectacular in their own right, were really only incidental attractions on the epic hike to the Grinnell Glacier.

It was definitely one of the most popular excursions in the Many Glacier Valley section of Glacier National Park.

Grinnell_Glacier_201_08072017 - Context of Grinnell Falls tumbling towards Grinnell Lake
Context of Grinnell Falls tumbling towards Grinnell Lake

However, its popularity belied how much of a strenuously long hike it was, which you can see from the difficulty score that I gave this excursion.

Nevertheless, this was one of the dream hikes of mine ever since I longed for a return to the park after my first visit back in 2010 and I finally got that chance in 2017.

Grinnell Glacier – the poster child for Global Warming

In case you didn’t know, the Grinnell Glacier could very well be Glacier National Park’s most famous glacier.

That’s because it seemed to be used as the poster child of global warming as before and after photos were frequently shown in the general literature (as well as within the park’s own literature itself).

Many_Glacier_Hotel_084_08072017 - The before and after photos of Grinnell Glacier from the Grinnell Glacier Overlook between 1940 to 2006
The before and after photos of Grinnell Glacier from the Grinnell Glacier Overlook between 1940 to 2006

Such photographic time lapse evidence illustrated the accelerated recession of mountain glaciers around the world.

And in the case of the Grinnell Glacier, it was rapidly becoming Upper Grinnell Lake.

The glacier was named after George Bird Grinnell, who first discovered the glacier in 1885.

He was also instrumental in getting Glacier National Park gazetted as a national park in 1910 in addition to the enforcement of its protection.

Grinnell_Glacier_151_08072017 - Focused in on the Grinnell Falls and the Salamander Falls above it
Focused in on the Grinnell Falls and the Salamander Falls above it

As a key advocate of getting Theodore Roosevelt and the US Army involved in enforcing the national park protections for Yellowstone National Park at around the same time, he understood that national parks needed to be more than just labels.

Of the waterfalls in this write-up, Grinnell Falls was the more prominent one.

It featured a 280ft height with a wishbone-shaped drop that could clearly be seen from as far as Lake Josephine (and even as far as the Swiftcurrent Lake though it’s much harder to spot from there).

Grinnell Falls was sourced by the meltwaters of the Grinnell Glacier, and its cascading stream ultimately fed the colorful Grinnell Lake.

Grinnell_Glacier_374_08072017 - Salamander Falls spilling into the Upper Grinnell Lake (where the Grinnell Glacier once sat)
Salamander Falls spilling into the Upper Grinnell Lake (where the Grinnell Glacier once sat)

On the other hand, Salamander Falls was a relatively new waterfall resulting from the rapidly receding Grinnell and Salamander Glaciers.

This waterfall used to not exist when the two glaciers were joined.

Unfortunately, with both glaciers probably not going to exist by 2030, there’s no telling how much longer even these waterfalls will remain perennial.

The Logistics of Visiting the Grinnell Glacier

As far as logistics were concerned, the long hike up to the Grinnell Glacier was a long 11 miles round trip with over 1,800ft in elevation gain.

Swiftcurrent_Falls_038_08072017 - Context of Swiftcurrent Lake reflecing the Many Glacier Hotel with the Angel Wing on the morning of my Grinnell Glacier hike
Context of Swiftcurrent Lake reflecing the Many Glacier Hotel with the Angel Wing on the morning of my Grinnell Glacier hike

So you definitely need to come prepared for this hike with plenty of water, some food to keep up your energy, and adequate sun protection.

I witnessed one lady far along on this hike who was sick and throwing up from possible heat exhaustion, dehydration, altitude sickness, or all of the above.

That said, about 3.4 miles could be shaved off the overall distance if you could score a boat ride (crossing both Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine) in both directions.

However, getting a boat ride when you want may not be easy as I learned the hard way.

Many_Glacier_Hotel_062_08072017 - Looking towards the boat dock by Many Glacier Hotel on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake
Looking towards the boat dock by Many Glacier Hotel on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake

In hindsight, I should have pre-booked a ride days in advance to score one of the earliest morning rides.

That would have given me ample time to complete the hike before it would get late.

On the other hand, the return boat ride would not be guaranteed unless I’d be willing to wait for the last boat at around 5pm.

So, I managed to score a boat ride on the way there, but then I hiked all the way back and skipped the boat ride back.

Many_Glacier_Hotel_061_08072017 - Folks, this is exactly why you want to have advanced reservations to secure seats for the Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine morning boat rides
Folks, this is exactly why you want to have advanced reservations to secure seats for the Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine morning boat rides

That wound up making the overall distance somewhere around 9-10 miles round trip, which took me about 6 hours of trail time.

The trail time didn’t include the additional time spent waiting on the boat docks and taking the boat rides themselves.

Therefore, visiting the Grinnell Glacier is pretty much an all-day affair no matter how much hiking and/or boat riding that you do.

Anyways, for the trail description in the next sections, this is the manner in which I’ll describe the hike.

Grinnell Glacier Trail Description – boating across Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine

Grinnell_Glacier_063_08072017 - Looking towards Grinnell Falls and the Salamander Glacier as seen from Lake Josephine during the second leg of the boat ride
Looking towards Grinnell Falls and the Salamander Glacier as seen from Lake Josephine during the second leg of the boat ride

The boat dock was right on the shores between Many Glacier Hotel and the western shores of Swiftcurrent Lake.

Once I managed to board the boat (said to seat around 50 people or so at a time), it then took us across Swiftcurrent Lake to its far southern shore, where there was a landing dock.

I found the guided boat tour quite informative as the boat driver went into the history of the area as well as some of the need-to-know aspects of the Many Glacier area and the Grinnell Glacier hike itself.

When we got off the boat, we then briefly walked a short quarter-mile route going from Swiftcurrent Lake to the dock on the northern shore of Lake Josephine.

Grinnell_Glacier_032_08072017 - The group about to board the second boat to get across Lake Josephine
The group about to board the second boat to get across Lake Josephine

After boarding that boat while being serenaded with another informative narration of the area, we were then deposited onto the boat dock at the southeastern end of Lake Josephine.

This was the pickup point for return boat rides, but it was now time for the hike to begin.

Grinnell Glacier Trail Description – the Josephine Walk Trail

From the southeastern shores of Lake Josephine, the hike briefly went around the southern shore of the lake before traversing a long boardwalk going over the marshiest parts of the area.

This section was part of the Josephine Walk Trail.

Grinnell_Glacier_083_08072017 - Grizzly bear scat on the Josephine Walk Trail, which went around the southern shores of Lake Josephine
Grizzly bear scat on the Josephine Walk Trail, which went around the southern shores of Lake Josephine

I managed to see grizzly bear scat on the trail, which was a reminder of how often they frequent the area.

Although I came ready with bear spray, I recognized that it would be best to make noise whilst hiking to minimize the chances of surprising a grizzly bear (especially if it happened to be a sow with her cubs).

I was also advised not to use bear bells as they tended to act as dinner bells to grizzly bears who have learned to associate backpacks with food.

Making noise would generally not be difficult to do since this hike was so popular and heavily-used.

Grinnell_Glacier_082_08072017 - Lots of foliage combined with the quiet of the morning can make it rather easy to startle a grizzly bear along the Josephine Walk Trail
Lots of foliage combined with the quiet of the morning can make it rather easy to startle a grizzly bear along the Josephine Walk Trail

However, if you happened to be here early in the morning or in the late afternoon when fewer people would be around, then extra precautions would definitely be necessary.

In any case, after about 0.3 miles miles from the boat dock, I encountered a trail junction linking the Josephine Walk Trail with the Josephine North Shore Trail.

In another 0.1 mile, I crossed a footbridge where the Josephine Walk Trail then joined up with the Grinnell Glacier Trail.

Grinnell Glacier Trail Description – hiking up to Thunderbird Falls

Once I was on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, it immediately started climbing a combination of short switchbacks and straight inclines in a pretty relentless uphill stretch.

Grinnell_Glacier_102_08072017 - Context of the Grinnell Glacier Trail climbing steeply above the head of Lake Josephine and the outflow of Cataract Creek
Context of the Grinnell Glacier Trail climbing steeply above the head of Lake Josephine and the outflow of Cataract Creek

Since it was pretty much all exposed to the sun, it got hot and sweaty real fast.

After about 0.3 miles of this climb, I started to get my first glimpses of both Grinnell Lake and Grinnell Falls.

From here and for much of the next 2 miles, Grinnell Falls would remain in view.

Anyways, as I continued further along this scenic stretch of trail, I also managed to look into the valley containing Cataract Creek.

Grinnell_Glacier_126_08072017 - Context of Morning Eagle Falls on Cataract Creek backed by Cataract Mountain, Bishops Cap, and Mt Gould as seen from the Grinnell Glacier Trail
Context of Morning Eagle Falls on Cataract Creek backed by Cataract Mountain, Bishops Cap, and Mt Gould as seen from the Grinnell Glacier Trail

At the head of this valley way in the distance was what appeared to be what I think was Morning Eagle Falls.

At about 1.6 miles from where the Josephine Walk Trail junctioned with the Grinnell Glacier Trail, I encountered a series of wildflowers and cascades culminating in the so-called Thunderbird Falls.

This waterfall was where a weeping wall of lightly-flowing water spilled right onto the narrow ledge of the Grinnell Glacier Trail.

It pretty much invited me to dip my head in the water to momentarily cool off.

Grinnell Glacier Trail Description – from Thunderbird Falls to the outhouse and rest area

Grinnell_Glacier_259_08072017 - This was the so-called Thunderbird Falls, which was an opportunity to briefly cool off under this weeping wall
This was the so-called Thunderbird Falls, which was an opportunity to briefly cool off under this weeping wall

Beyond Thunderbird Falls, the Grinnell Glacier Trail continued to hug narrower ledges while maintaining its climb.

This stretch of trail yielded increasingly dramatic views down towards Grinnell Lake as well as ahead towards Salamander Falls and the Salamander Glacier.

At around a half-mile or so beyond Thunderbird Falls, Grinnell Falls started to disappear from view.

The trail continued to meander above the dropoffs responsible for the Grinnell Falls’ main plunge.

Grinnell_Glacier_338_08072017 - The Grinnell Glacier Trail hugging ledges as it continued beyond the Grinnell Falls
The Grinnell Glacier Trail hugging ledges as it continued beyond the Grinnell Falls

Then, the trail would momentarily flatten out before reaching another set of switchbacks at about a mile beyond Thunderbird Falls.

At the top of these switchbacks, there was a trail junction as well as some rest benches in the shade of some neighboring trees.

The trail going to the right (away from Grinnell Glacier) was actually for some pit toilets.

Given how busy the Grinnell Glacier Trail had been up to this point, this could very well have been the first moments of privacy to heed nature’s call.

Grinnell_Glacier_444_08072017 - One of the outhouses on the Grinnell Glacier Trail providing one of the few opportunities to heed Nature's call with a little privacy
One of the outhouses on the Grinnell Glacier Trail providing one of the few opportunities to heed Nature’s call with a little privacy

I recalled there were two such outhouses.

Grinnell Glacier Trail Description – from the rest area to Upper Grinnell Lake

Continuing on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, it would continue towards another series of tight and steep switchbacks with steps in another quarter-mile from the toilets.

Given how much climbing it took to get up to this point, this next climb really tested my stamina and willpower as the end was tantalizingly near.

Once at the top of the switchbacks and steps, the trail continued another quarter-mile before finally arriving at the view of the Grinnell Glacier (or Upper Grinnell Lake).

Grinnell_Glacier_372_08072017 - Context of the Grinnell Glacier Trail with the Salamander Falls tumbling beneath the Salamander Glacier in the distance
Context of the Grinnell Glacier Trail with the Salamander Falls tumbling beneath the Salamander Glacier in the distance

This was about a half-mile from the junction by the toilets or 3.5 miles from the nearest Lake Josephine Boat Dock.

There were additional “social” trails leading down from the viewpoint to the shores of Upper Grinnell Lake, which was full of thin icebergs.

It took me about 2 hours of hiking to get to this point.

For all that hard work, I spent a good half-hour or more sitting on one of the giant rocks by the shore of the lake.

Grinnell_Glacier_381_08072017 - Finally arriving at the Grinnell Glacier and the rapidly growing Upper Grinnell Lake
Finally arriving at the Grinnell Glacier and the rapidly growing Upper Grinnell Lake

Meanwhile, I stared at the bittersweet beauty of what was left of Grinnell Glacier and the Salamander Falls spilling into the lake at its far southern end (fed by the Salamander Glacier mostly hidden above).

When I looked to the far western end of Upper Grinnell Lake, I noticed there were people high up the wall peering down at us.

That was the Grinnell Glacier Overlook from the Skyline Trail (said to be 13 miles round trip from Logan Pass).

Furthermore, that was where the famous before-and-after photo of Grinnell Glacier was taken from.

Grinnell_Glacier_432_08072017 - Looking up at the Grinnell Glacier Overlook, where people made the even-longer hike from Logan Pass to get to
Looking up at the Grinnell Glacier Overlook, where people made the even-longer hike from Logan Pass to get to

Anyways once I had my fill of this place and finished my picnic lunch, I headed back the way I came, which was now thankfully mostly downhill.

Grinnell Glacier Trail Description – the long return hike to the Swiftcurrent Hotel

When I made it down to within eyesight of Lake Josephine, I somehow missed the trail junction for the Josephine Walk Trail.

So I wound up continuing on the Josephine North Shore Trail.

This trail was exposed to the sun and wasn’t as flat nor as downhill as I have liked, but it was still scenic and peaceful nonetheless (it was noticeably quieter than the Grinnell Glacier Trail).

Grinnell_Glacier_442_08072017 - On the return hike from Grinnell Glacier, I got to enjoy the views looking towards Grinnell Lake and parts of Lake Josephine in the distance
On the return hike from Grinnell Glacier, I got to enjoy the views looking towards Grinnell Lake and parts of Lake Josephine in the distance

It would be another 1.3 miles of hiking along the North Shore Trail before I returned to the intersection with the trail linking the Swiftcurrent Lake Boat Dock and the Lake Josephine Boat Dock.

I then continued hiking around the eastern shores of Swiftcurrent Lake for the remaining mile eventually arriving at the Swiftcurrent Loop Trailhead right by the far southern end of the Many Glacier Hotel.

This stretch of trail offered some panoramic views northwards across Swiftcurrent Lake while passing by some residences that might be for park staff.

Anyways, that was the conclusion of my hike.

Grinnell_Glacier_564_08072017 - Hiking around the southern and eastern shores of Swiftcurrent Lake with some park staff residence infrastructure in the foreground
Hiking around the southern and eastern shores of Swiftcurrent Lake with some park staff residence infrastructure in the foreground

I managed to make it back just in time to have a dinner at the Many Glacier Hotel and before the late afternoon thunderstorms started to dump their load on the area.

Authorities

Grinnell Falls and Salamander Falls reside in Glacier National Park near St Mary in Glacier County, Montana. They are administered by the National Park Service. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Many_Glacier_Hotel_065_08072017 - Before the Grinnell Glacier hike while waiting for the boat to arrive, I managed to score this moose sighting on the opposite end of Swiftcurrent Lake
Many_Glacier_Hotel_067_08072017 - Context of the boat on Swiftcurrent Lake fronting Mt Wilbur and the Iceberg Notch
Grinnell_Glacier_014_08072017 - Looking towards the Angel Wing and Mt Gould from the Swiftcurrent Lake while on the boat taking us to its southern shore
Grinnell_Glacier_025_08072017 - Continuing towards the southern shore of Swiftcurrent Lake where Mt Grinnell looked more conical. It was interesting to note that while most of the features in Many Glacier Valley were named after George Bird Grinnell, he wanted nothing to do with Glacier National Park the moment the Going-to-the-Sun Road was built
Grinnell_Glacier_031_08072017 - After disembarking the boat on Swiftcurrent Lake, we then had to hike a quarter-mile to reach the boat docked at Lake Josephine
Grinnell_Glacier_041_08072017 - Looking way ahead at Salamander Falls draining the Salamander Glacier right above it as seen from the Lake Josephine cruise
Grinnell_Glacier_046_08072017 - Looking ahead towards the southern shore of Lake Josephine while doing the second cruise to really get a head start on the Grinnell Glacier hike
Grinnell_Glacier_077_08072017 - Looking at the peak that I believe they call the Angel Wing or Mt Gould. I'm not sure, but this was seen from the Lake Josephine part of the cruise
Grinnell_Glacier_084_08072017 - Looking back towards Lake Josephine from the Josephine Walk Trail
Grinnell_Glacier_087_08072017 - Crossing a bridge where Cataract Creek (Grinnell Creek joined it further upstream) eventually drained into Lake Josephine
Grinnell_Glacier_090_08072017 - Looking downstream from the footbridge over Cataract Creek towards Lake Josephine
Grinnell_Glacier_093_08072017 - Once the Josephine Walk Trail joined up with the Grinnell Glacier Trail, that was when the climbing really started in earnest up switchbacks like this
Grinnell_Glacier_094_08072017 - Looking across Lake Josephine against the morning sun during the steep ascent on the Grinnell Glacier Trail
Grinnell_Glacier_096_08072017 - Context of where the Grinnell Glacier Trail went in the direction of Lake Josephine before switching back towards the Grinnell Glacier
Grinnell_Glacier_101_08072017 - Looking back towards Cataract Creek and footbridge across it way in the distance as the Grinnell Glacier Trail continued its climb
Grinnell_Glacier_104_08072017 - The relentless climb put us high above Lake Josephine and that footbridge over Cataract Creek that we had crossed not that long ago
Grinnell_Glacier_112_08072017 - The Grinnell Glacier Trail continued to climb as it was getting really hot by this point after all that climbing done so far
Grinnell_Glacier_145_08072017 - Context of the Grinnell Glacier Trail with Grinnell Lake in the distance
Grinnell_Glacier_161_08072017 - By the time the initial climb leveled out somewhat, the Grinnell Glacier Trail started providing distant views of Grinnell Lake and Grinnell Falls watched over by Angel Wing
Grinnell_Glacier_157_08072017 - Focused look at Salamander Falls above and Grinnell Falls with subsequent cascades down below as seen from the Grinnell Glacier Trail
Grinnell_Glacier_164_08072017 - Looking far to the east valley beneath Angel Wing towards Morning Eagle Falls, where Cataract Creek plunged into the head of that adjacent valley
Grinnell_Glacier_166_08072017 - Context of the Grinnell Falls and the Grinnell Lake beneath the Angel Wing as seen from the Grinnell Glacier Trail
Grinnell_Glacier_167_08072017 - The continuing context of the Grinnell Glacier Trail providing satisfying views of Grinnell Falls throughout this stretch
Grinnell_Glacier_179_08072017 - The Grinnell Glacier Trail still made its relentless climb so it was good that there was nice scenery during this stretch to take the edge off of the pains induced by this hike
Grinnell_Glacier_182_08072017 - The Grinnell Glacier Trail continued its relentless climb along narrow ledges like this one
Grinnell_Glacier_185_08072017 - Elevated view of the Morning Eagle Falls as seen from higher up the Grinnell Glacier Trail
Grinnell_Glacier_190_08072017 - Context of the cliff-hugging Grinnell Glacier Trail continuing to climb and the Grinnell Falls in the distance
Grinnell_Glacier_196_08072017 - Trailside view of the ledge-hugging Grinnell Glacier Trail with the Grinnell Lake and Catataract Creek Valley in the distance
Grinnell_Glacier_197_08072017 - The higher the Grinnell Glacier Trail went, the more I was able to see Grinnell Lake and its beautiful blue-green color
Grinnell_Glacier_206_08072017 - Focused look at the main drop of Grinnell Falls
Grinnell_Glacier_231_08072017 - Looking up some of the purplish cliffs where some thin cascades were tumbling towards the Grinnell Glacier Trail. Note the people at the base of the falls for scale
Grinnell_Glacier_229_08072017 - Some very interesting wildflowers were in bloom in the moist area near the cascades before Thunderbird Falls
Grinnell_Glacier_238_08072017 - Looking upstream towards another cascade flanked by lush bush and wildflowers as seen along the Grinnell Glacier Trail
Grinnell_Glacier_249_08072017 - An explosion of color thanks to these wildflowers near Thunderbird Falls as seen from the Grinnell Glacier Trail
Grinnell_Glacier_490_08072017 - Looking back at people hiking past the Thunderbird Falls
Grinnell_Glacier_264_08072017 - The Grinnell Glacier Trail continued climbing along narrow ledges like this as Grinnell Lake was now appearing further and further below
Grinnell_Glacier_278_08072017 - The Grinnell Glacier Trail continued gaining elevation as the trail persistently hugged cliffs
Grinnell_Glacier_292_08072017 - Context of the Grinnell Glacier Trail high above the Grinnell Lake
Grinnell_Glacier_325_08072017 - By about this point of the long hike to Grinnell Glacier, the Grinnell Falls starts to appear more angled as the trail continues further upstream from the shelf over which it made its main drop
Grinnell_Glacier_328_08072017 - Looking further ahead as the Grinnell Glacier Trail continues to meander up to Salamander Falls
Grinnell_Glacier_343_08072017 - One of the last looks I'd get of the Grinnell Falls before reaching the Grinnell Glacier
Grinnell_Glacier_401_08072017 - Context of people chilling out before the Upper Grinnell Lake backed by the Salamander Falls
Grinnell_Glacier_423_08072017 - Looking towards the western end of Upper Grinnell Lake with lots of people chilling out along its shores
Grinnell_Glacier_455_08072017 - Context of the Grinnell Glacier Trail as I made my return with the Grinnell Lake way down below
Grinnell_Glacier_467_08072017 - Looking down towards Grinnell Lake and Lake Josephine in the distance
Grinnell_Glacier_471_08072017 - On the return hike, I gained a better appreciation of how precariously narrow the Grinnell Glacier Trail had been
Grinnell_Glacier_475_08072017 - The Grinnell Glacier Trail hugging these interestingly purple and reddish cliffs
Grinnell_Glacier_520_08072017 - Looking forward across Lake Josephine towards the boat dock where it might be possible to cut the hike short and take a ride back to Many Glacier Hotel. Should I? or should I not?
Grinnell_Glacier_535_08072017 - It turned out that I somehow missed the Josephine Walk Trail junction and found myself far along on the Lake Josephine North Shore Trail
Grinnell_Glacier_542_08072017 - Looking across this orphaned pond or lake adjacent to Lake Josephine along the North Shore Trail
Grinnell_Glacier_552_08072017 - Crossing the bridge over the creek between Lake Josephine and Swiftcurrent Lake on the return hike from Grinnell Glacier
Grinnell_Glacier_578_08072017 - Looking ahead towards the Many Glacier Hotel as I was finding myself joined up with the Swiftcurrent Lake Loop Trail, which was very well-used and quite maintained
Grinnell_Glacier_583_08072017 - Finally making it back to the Swiftcurrent Lake Loop Trailhead by the Many Glacier Hotel, thereby ending the nearly 10 miles of epic hiking
Many_Glacier_Hotel_071_08072017 - Finally making it back to the Many Glacier Hotel to rejoin Julie and Tahia at the end of the epic Grinnell Glacier adventure

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For all intents and purposes, the nearest trailhead for the Grinnell Glacier hike was from the Swiftcurrent Lake Loop Trailhead by the Many Glacier Hotel.

The hotel also had a boat dock right at the eastern shores of Swiftcurrent Lake.

To get here from the Many Glacier Road turnoff at Babb, we drove west for about 11.3 miles to the turnoff for Many Glacier Hotel on the left.

Then, we turned left onto that turnoff and drove to the fairly large parking lot for the Many Glacier Hotel another quarter-mile or so further.

Many_Glacier_Hotel_055_08072017 - The parking for the Many Glacier Hotel, which filled up very fast on the morning of my Grinnell Glacier hike
The parking for the Many Glacier Hotel, which filled up very fast on the morning of my Grinnell Glacier hike

As for driving the Many Glacier Road, we do have to warn you that its road surface (at least as of our visit in August 2017) was pretty rough with potholes and hastily patched sections of water damage.

This further reinforced our suspicion that Glacier National Park lacked the funds to keep up with the necessary maintenance to keep the park accessible to the general public.

For geographical context, Babb was about 8.5 miles (over 10 minutes drive) north of St Mary and a little over 10 miles south of the US-Canada border on Hwy 89.

For additional context, Babb was 209 miles (3.5 hours drive) north of Helena. Across the US-Canada border, Babb was 38 miles (an hour drive; not counting border delays) southeast of Waterton and 171 miles (under 3 hours) south of Calgary.

Video showing the panorama along the Grinnell Glacier Trail looking towards Grinnell Falls, Cataract Creek, Lake Josephine, and Grinnell Lake amongst other things


Comprehensive back and forth sweep revealing the Grinnell Glacier as seen from the overlook


Right to left sweep from the shores of the Upper Grinnell Lake

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