ElevationAscent: 190' 58 m
Descent: -190' -58 m
High: 4,960' 1,512 m
Low: 4,887' 1,489 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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9.8 mi 15.8 km • Out and Back • 1,349 ft Ascent 411.22 m Ascent
Singletrack Swiftcurrent, MT( 54 )
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“Head out from the Many Glacier Hotel along the southern lake shores and creeks leading to Grinnell.”— Jake Bramante
Go along the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake and stay on the east side of the creek instead of taking the bridge as the trail transitions onto the Swiftcurrent Cutoff Trail. It then merges onto the South Shore Lake Josephine Trail passing Stump Lake, then a really beautiful look at the foot of Lake Josephine. At around mile 2.5, just past the boat dock, you'll come to the end of Lake Josephine. Continue past the trail junction where Josephine Walk wraps around the head of the lake into the forest.
Once past Lake Josephine, follow Cataract Creek upstream for just under a mile. Look for a spur trail off to the left to see Hidden Falls, which is a waterfall tucked in among the rocks.
Once back on the trail, cross the swinging bridge over Cataract Creek and continue southwest for another quarter mile to the shores of Grinnell Lake. The lake sits tucked beneath the base of Mt. Gould, Angel Wing, and Grinnell Mountain with Grinnell Falls cascading from the Grinnell and Salamander Glaciers.
To return, head back the way you came or take the Josephine Walk on the north side of Lake Josephine and follow the Swiftcurrent Lake Trail around the lake in either direction. This route is a fairly level stroll.
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