Google™ Map of Cracker Lake Glacier National Park
Start with the Terrain Map Selection (upper right hand corner of the map). On the Cracker Lake Trail in particular it is a good idea to get familiar with the trail route as the Glacier National Park trail signs as messed up or missing in some critical areas. Taking the wrong turn would result in an extra loop on a trail that could be filled with horse manure. If you come to any forks in the once you have gotten to Lake Sherbourne ALWAYS take the right hand fork to stay on the Cracker Lake Trail.
OK folks my thanks to Michael and Kelly Ordway for this photograph of Cracker Lake taken from the summit of Mount Siyeh. Mount Siyeh is the third tallest peak in Glacier National Park, there is no trail, it's a scramble. Google™ Map of Cracker Lake Trail. To understand this view it's better to start in Terrain, then switch to Hybrid. The Cracker Lake Trail starts at the Many Glacier Hotel Parking Lot. Warning this is a heavily traveled horse trail. I have been avoiding this trail due to the horse traffic but after seeing the photograph above taken from the summit of Siyeh I've changed my mind. Cracker Lake retains it's turquoise color even at the shoreline. Until you have actually seen a glacier lake from above it hard to believe the brilliant turquoise color of the lake. The link above to Grinnell Lake page shows Grinnell Lake from the lake shore and then from above on the Grinnell Glacier Trail. Note: The Browser Refresh Button brings you back to were you started. Don't you wish that hiking could be so easy. To identify the Glaciers use the Terrain Button. You can zoom in closer in Hybrid Mode then you can in Terrain Mode. If you don't see a map then your using an old version of Internet Explorer. Try Firefox!
I would rather face whole Hyde Parks of artillery than the ghastly forms of death which he has faced among the peaks and precipices of the mountains. There is probably no pleasure equal to the pleasure of climbing a dangerous Alp; but it is a pleasure which is confined strictly to people who can find pleasure in it. I have not jumped to this conclusion; I have traveled to it per gravel train, so to speak. I have thought the thing all out, and am quite sure I am right. A born climber's appetite for climbing is hard to satisfy; when it comes upon him he is like a starving man with a feast before him; he may have other business on hand, but it must wait. - A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain
Please note that the photo above was taken after scrambling up to the summit of Mount Siyeh, it is not a Day Hike.