“A raised trail along the head of a beautiful lake with great views and a chance to see moose.”
— Jake Bramante
Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Bring bear spray.
Not much room to pass on the raised trail which is busy in the summer, which makes this a tough route to run.
This trail connects the South Shore Lake Josephine Trail
with the Grinnell Glacier Trail
. It starts over by the boat dock at the head of the lake on the south shore and wraps its way through the trees along the head of the lake. From here, you step up onto a raised boardwalk, keeping your feet dry as you traverse through willows. You have a great view of the lake. Birding for warblers and other riparian birds is great.
As you approach the creek, you drop down to a nice trail through the trees, but still close to the lake, then out through the low growing plants to a bridge over the creek. This section gives you incredible views up the drainage to the mighty peaks made of vertical rock and snow.
Once across, you can take the level North Shore Lake Josephine Trail
around the lake or continue on the trail as it climbs up to the Grinnell Glacier Trail
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Flora & Fauna
This wet area features thimbleberry, beargrass, willows and other such plants. Warblers, chickadees and other forest birds as well as waterfowl such as mergansers and goldeneyes dive in the lake. Moose can be seen and bears do frequent the area.