dogs on leash
The first 1.2 miles is pretty horrible, with almost a straight uphill through the trees, and no break in gradient. The vertical elevation gain is 2200' in this section. After that, the trail, and the views open up and it is a five star hike from then on with the trail having glacier views, and views in all directions including into Glacier National Park and the Jewel Basin. Hiking poles are definitely recommended, especially for the last 1.2 mile downhill section or you will most likely slip a few times.
I'm from MT, so this would definitely be considered an easy trail (from Lodge to Lower Holland Falls), but folks from other states (or with minimal experience hiking) may find this trail more "moderate". Even so, the trail is well-travelled, so there's no guessing where it may lead. The last quarter-mile up to the falls does have a more steep incline and is quite rocky, so step lively! Bring a camera for some breathtaking views of and from the Falls.
Chelsey S. on Holland Lake and Falls