Glacier Lake is a peaceful lake surrounded by steep hills that rise steeply from its shores. The trail, while relatively short, is steep in sections. For families with kids who are up for the challenge of uphill hiking, it’s a good introduction to backpacking.
The road to the trailhead is washed out, adding a bit of distance to the overall trip. Parking is limited — be sure to park safely and choose another hike if there’s not room to do so.
Begin hiking up the road. You’ll soon pass a washed out area that makes it very clear why this road is closed. Veer right when the road forks and you’ll soon reach the actual trailhead.
From the actual trailhead, the trail soon dips down before reaching a lovely creek, which makes an excellent spot to stop for a snack.
The trail then continues to climb up — steeply at times — and the trail is sometimes rough or crumbly. The mossy forest is beautiful, however, and you can hear the sounds of Glacier Creek for much of the hike.
When the landscape begins to change from forest to boulders, you are getting close to the lake. Head left for a few campsites and access to the lake. There is a rough trail that leads off around edge of the lake, but it peters out quickly.