How Close Can You Get to Glaciers in Glacier National Park?

Forgive me if this is a stupid question (and yes, I do know you should stay OFF the glaciers unless you have serious mountaineering or ice climbing experience) but how close can you get to the glaciers themselves, and which trails would you suggest if that’s the goal?

We’re aiming for late August, early September if that makes a difference.


Hi PJ,

When hiking in Glacier National Park, you have many opportunities to see the glaciers from afar.

Actually getting close to them is another story 😉

There are a few options to see the glaciers:

Your best bet to get as close to the glaciers as possible is the Grinnell Glacier trail. Otherwise, you look at them from afar.

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