Glacier National Park Information


Lake Josephine Trail

Lake Josephine is probably the easiest of Glacier's backcountry lakes to reach, either an easy 1-mile hike from Many Glacier Road, or by boat by way of Swiftcurrent Lake.

Lake Josephine in Glacier National Park

A paved footpath leaving the upper Swiftcurrent boat dock leads you to the foot of Lake Josephine. Here you can either board the boat if taking a guided tour, or follow along the wooded shoreline path to the head of Lake Josephine and on to Grinnell Lake or Grinnell Glacier. The red rock of Allen Mountain emerge as the main backdrop for your 1.4 mile walk to the head of Lake Josephine.

Cruising Lake Josephine in Glacier National Park

>Three quarters of the way in the trail leads off to the right for Grinnell Glacier. Following the trail straight will lead you to the head of Lake Josephine, where a boardwalk leads you around to the Oastler Shelter. If taking the boat tour the shelter is the drop off point to begin your hike into the Grinnell Glacier and Hidden Falls and Grinnell Lake. To return to the head of Swiftcurrent Lake travel along the south shore Lake Josephine trail. Wonderful views across the turquoise waters reveal Mount Gould's face. The trail winds around tiny Stump Lake and returns you to the head waters of Swiftcurrent Lake.

Lake Josephine photos by Becca Rapelje.

Views of Lake Josephine and Many Glacier.