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Cracker Lake

Intermediate

Trail

13.0 mile 20.9 kilometer out and back
93% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,434' 437 m
Descent: -1,434' -437 m
High: 6,045' 1,842 m
Low: 4,842' 1,476 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Camp beneath one of the largest rock faces on the continent.

samh Haraldson

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

From the cerulean blue waters of Cracker Lake to the absolutely massive rock face of Siyeh Peak the run into Cracker Lake is worth the work it takes to visit. The only drawback is the popularity of the route to horses which tend to leave a fair amount of dung along the trail that runners must avoid.

Description

Start in the Many Glacier area of the Park and begin the relatively easy run about six miles into the Glacier backcountry. This is an excellent distance for an overnighter and the camping at the head of the basin is sublime.

Follow Allen Creek up the gorgeous, glacial mountain valley under the peaks of Allen and Wynn Mountains. Here, you'll enjoy the sight of snow on the high peaks well into the late summer months, and see the cascading waterfalls from the high cliffs as that snow melts.

Upon reaching your destination at the head of the basin, you are treated to the north face of Siyeh Peak. This is considered by some to be the tallest vertical rock face on the continent - including the imposing faces of California's Yosemite.

The intrepid alpine lake swimmer may choose to brave the frigid waters of Cracker Lake. Don't be fooled by its deep blue tropical-looking color - it is extremely cold!

Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

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Photos

Cracker lake when it first comes into view
Aug 23, 2018 near Swiftcu…, MT
Stunning scenery abounds!
Sep 2, 2015 near Swiftcu…, MT
Cracker Lake headwall
Apr 22, 2015 near Swiftcu…, MT
Cracker Lake on a rainy summer day.
May 27, 2019 near Swiftcu…, MT
Passing through a rocky avalanche area on the ascent to Cracker Lake.
May 27, 2019 near Swiftcu…, MT
Cracker Lake
Apr 22, 2015 near Swiftcu…, MT

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