Cracker Lake Hike, Glacier National Park

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Cracker Lake is located in Glacier National Park, in the U. S. state of Montana. Located at the head of a canyon, the waters of Cracker Lake are an opaque turquoise from rock flour (silt) originating from Siyeh Glacier. To the south of Cracker Lake lies Mount Siyeh which rises more than 4000ft above the lake. Cracker Peak to the southeast and Allen Mountain to the north are other prominent peaks nearby. Cracker Lake is a 6.1mi hike from the Many Glacier Hotel.
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  • Compared to Grinnell Glacier and Swiftcurrent Pass, this is also in the strenuous category but not as difficult. Gradual uphill elevation gain (1400ft). The view along this trail are beautiful, but no...  more »
  • What a wonderful location to visit in GNP, and we had the good fortune to score an over night permit, and were able to experience this heavenly location for a longer period when compared to day hiking...  more »
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  • Incredible!! Yes it’s just as amazing as described. There is a great write up on the national park site that will guide you mile by mile practically. Very doable - don’t get deterred by the distance, it’s worth it. Late summer offered incredible blooms. Round trip was about 6 hours. ***Bear spray is a must! Lots of sightings of black and brown bears throughout the year on miles 2-4ish.
  • Not a very hard hike at all. Finding parking in July is awful but parking anywhere in Glacier is abysmal. Trail starts out around the reservoir. I literally almost stepped on a sow and cub black bear while getting to the first creek crossing, luckily she was content munching vegetation. The trail then switchbacks up a ridge, eventually climbing up into fields of millions of wildflowers. We camped there, and it felt like there was a tornado going on. Huge gusts that actually collapsed the tent on us multiple times. First time that's ever happened. Reguardless, well worth the hike.

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