Grinnell Glacier Overlook | Glacier National Park

One of the most spectacular views in all of Glacier National Park is the hike up to Grinnell Glacier Overlook. It’s a spur trail off the Highline trail that takes you up to the Garden Wall, which is the continental divide. It’s a difficult trail as it ascends over a 1,000 feet in just over one mile, however, the extra effort is well worth it as the views are one of a kind.

We got to the top of the overlook just about at solar noon, which gave us perfect lighting to see the entire valley. The view starts with The Salamander and Grinnell Glacier in the foreground and the Garden Wall sweeping around to the right. Upper Grinnell Lake is just appearing with Grinnell Lake, Lake Josephine and Lake Sherburne dotted down the valley. Perched at roughly 8,200 feet the valley below is about 2,500 feet lower, making for a dramatic scene.


Grinnell Glacier Overlook | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography / Hiking Insight: When you get to the top of the overlook, take a look, but don’t stop. Continue up to your right on the boot beaten path to the best view. It’s not that much extra work and it gives you the entire view down the valley, as seen in the image above. Also, it’s best to take this hike in the morning (leaving Logan Pass by about 8 am in August) in order to arrive at the view point at around mid-day or just after solar noon, giving you full light throughout the valley with only a small shadow from the Garden Wall.

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park).

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.

2 Responses

  1. Spectacular photo!

    August 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm

  2. jeff

    Is this the v or the u?

    August 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

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