Grinnell Lake

Grinnell Lake and Angel Wing from the Grinnell Glacier trail

Grinnell Lake is another often-visited destination, but the landscape is so beautiful we had to include it. Grinnell Lake is fed directly by Grinnell Glacier and thus the color of the lake changes with the summer snow-melt (and glacier-melt) from a deep blue to a beautiful aqua color due to the sediments carried into the lake from the glacier basin above it. This view can be had about 2/3rds of the way up the Grinnell Glacier trail, which takes hikers to the rapidly retreating Grinnell Glacier, the only “easy” glacier to reach in the entire park. These features were named after Dr. George “Bird” Grinnell, an early white explorer in the area who later became a prominent anthropologist, natural historian, author, conservationist and activist for Native American rights.

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