3. Cracker Lake
Length: 12.6 miles round-trip
Elevation gain: 1,400 feet
Difficulty: Moderately difficult
Trailhead: Parking area near the Many Glacier Hotel.
No, it’s not Photoshop: Cracker Lake’s techni-colour cerulean hue is unique even among Glacier National Park’s plethora of lakes. The wide path to Cracker Lake stays in thick timber for most of its approach to the lake; it’s one of few hikes in the Many Glacier portion of the park with limited scenic attractions along its length. But the reward comes once the trail reaches Cracker Lake.