Johns Lake Loop is a 1.9 mile loop trail located near Essex, Montana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and horses and is accessible from April until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
This is a beautiful hike. Very short and easy but pretty. Bring your camera. We originally intended to hike the McDonald Creek trail but got lost on to this one. Not the best signage there. We went with the flow and finished this one instead. The creek and some of the falls are spectacular.
Trail is poorly marked. We ended up following the horse trail because the loop to Johns Lake is not clearly marked (stay on Avalanche trail). What you get to see is great! McDonald's fall and Johns Lake were both beautiful! Could've done without all the horse poop.
Easy hike. Don't expect much from the lake bit the river has some beautiful views and I enjoyed going through the tunnel.
This is one of my favorite hikes. It is an easy walk through beautiful old growth forest. John's Lake has lots of bugs, but beautiful scenery. A photographer's dream! The signage coming down to McDonald Creek is poor but if you follow the river you will make it through. Several times on this hike you share the trail with horses.
Very good. I highly recommend this trail.
The trail is excellent and the footing fine. The part on the lake side of the road goes through beautiful forest - just as good as Trail of the Cedars without any of the people. While it continues on the other side of the road and river, it is poorly signed on that side. As a consequence we ended up following the horse trail well away from the river. Kind of a bummer, but wasn't a big deal. Just remember to stay closer to the river following any primitive trails. If it weren't for the lack of signs on the river side, I'd give this 4 stars...
A good hike to see some beautiful nature and stretch your legs. It's short and not difficult at all. It has some great picnic spots. I'd recommend this trail for families. Pack bug spray!
A nice little hike with a lake, waterfalls and forest.
Easy hike to get out & stretch your legs after sitting in traffic on going to the sun road. Nice & shady.