Time and Distance are for a return trip. Elevation gain is about 1,000'.
Cracker Lake is considered to be one of the prettiest lakes in Glacier National Park. It sits at the bottom of Mount Siyeh, one of Glacier's 10,000 foot peaks. The north face of Mount Siyeh, at the head of Cracker Lake, boasts the highest vertical face in the continental U.S.
The trail begins at the large parking area above the Many Glacier Hotel and winds around the base of Allen Mountain, close to the shore of Sherburne Lake. The trail then swings around and follows Canyon Creek , first on the west side, then about 4 miles in, crosses to the east side for the remainder of the trip.
The trail is mostly in the trees, good for hot days, but this part is also very dusty because the horses have pulverized the soil into dust in the early part. This is also a horse trail, so the first mile or so can be quite 'fragrant'.
After about 4.5 miles you will rise above the forest where your views will improve. Soon you will come over a rise and Cracker Lake will show itself in all its turquoise glory. The colour is due to glacial silt draining into the lake from the Siyeh Glacier. This is a good place for lunch or you can continue exploring. There is a trail around the lake (about 1 mile) but crossing the creek can be tricky early in the season. Watch for mountain goats and the odd moose.
There is also a popular campground along the east shore past the 'big rock'. Book ahead to avoid conflicts.
The trailhead is at the south end of the parking area above the Many Glacier Hotel in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park
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