Lake McDonald Trail

EASY 8 reviews
#18 of 91 trails in

Lake McDonald Trail is a 13.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Essex, MT that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October.

13.9 miles 1605 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

3 months ago

hiking
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1 year ago

walking
1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

Beautiful short hike that begins on the west side of Lake McDonald. The trail goes through a previous burn area providing new growth for many types of wild flowers. The trail on the Trout Lake side has been buried in avalanche debris fields in a couple of areas. Outstanding view of the lake and surrounding mountains.

hiking
4 years ago

Beautiful. Gr8 starter hike!

hiking
4 years ago

One of the most beautiful and serene lakes I have ever seen!

nature trips
4 years ago

hiked the southern end of the Lake McDonald, lake was real calm but very cold due to the amount of snow still around.