Red Eagle Lake is a 15.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near East Glacier Park, MT that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and backpacking.
Hiked this trail August 14 of 2016. Camped at the foot end of the Lake. This is a low elevation trail surrounded by mountains. I saw more large wildlife here than any other place in the park. 1 coyote, 4 moose, and one Grizzly within a 14 hour period.
The trail is overgrown for a few miles but its not crazy bad. You get to cross a couple of cool suspension bridges on the way to the lake.
The foot end of the lake is a bit nicer with cleaner water than the head,but they're both good. Pit toilets are nice and relatively clean.
I really enjoyed myself here.
This review is for backpacking, camping and fishing. I took my first-time-backcountry-hiking girlfriend on this trip for 2 nights in mid- August. Trail starts following the southern shore of St. Mary Lake before it begins its 300ft eventual ascent. Along the trail there was almost no shade due to a forest fire in 2006, which made the hike in and out a little more difficult (a little extra water is very necessary). But the trail runs through beautiful fields of wildflowers, berry patches and baby pines. You cross over about a dozen rivers and streams. No fording necessary, as there were crossings and 2 awesome suspension bridges. The lake at the end of the trail is well worth the wait. Fishing was amazing- the fish were literally jumping out of the water. Red Eagle Lake is the site of the largest Cutthroat Trout caught in Glacier. I caught an 18" Rainbow Trout with nothing more than a lure. Best meal we had the whole trip! Campsites sat above the lake. Again, no shade, so respite from the midday sun needed to be found elsewhere. But from the campsites, you could see beautiful glacier-peaked mountains that rose above the head of the lake. Happy trails!