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I hiked this trail 2 years ago at the age of 63, with former college friends on a reunion trip. We did the full hike and it was a good challenge, but other than the distance, would rate it as "easy". It was a beautiful trail with a wide variety of sights along the way, one of my favorites in Glacier.

Easy hike! beautiful view at the end and a fun place to swim or cool off. Young or old this is a good hike for everyone.

hiking
16 days ago

Freaking beautiful- past the overlook

This hike was our first one in Glacier! It was busy but we were there over the 4th of July. Go early regardless during the busy season so parking isn’t an issue. Literally saw people yelling at each other in the parking lot for spots. The snow was still on the mountain on our way up and pretty entertaining as some folks had flip flops on attempting the trek. So wear tennis shoes! Once you get to the overlook YOU GOTTA KEEP GOING! The way down to the lake was beautiful and then once you get there it takes your breath away. Picture perfect views and a fun spot to spend time taking it all in. There had been “grizzly activity” the day before but we didn’t see any ( wheh) but we saw a few sheep, goats, chipmunks and what I think is a marmot!! Way back up is strenuous but doable if you walk or hike often.

Gorgeous lake. Nice hike.

Amazing views of the lake, with peaks above you and waterfalls galore.. Very crowded with people in the summer months. Went with a group, which is recommended as to not have to try and figure out the bear spray.

A nice trail, not terribly hard but will be very busy during the summer months. Plan to get an early start if you want a quiet trail because it’s popular with families

Nice get away trail in the summer time. It's all about timing. Got to enjoy the lake with very a little amount of people.

Beautiful quick hike - if you’re able, make it down to the lake, just be prepared for the stairclimb back up.

Got to hike this in the snow, it was an epic experience. Lots of slipping and sliding, but tons of fun. One of my favorite hikes ever.

Decent views on the trail and at the lake. Water took on an amazing shade of aquamarine. It was the most underwhelming hike in Glacier NP for us. Way too crowded. Very little change in elevation, views weren't as dramatic as I hoped.

Our whole family ages 7-47 lived this hike. The view at the lake was amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike with beautiful views! Bring lots of water and enjoy lunch at the lake.

Nice Easy trail.

I got to the trail head right at 4pm and hiked at full pace and made it to the lake in about 20min even with recording video of a white tail buck crossing the trail about 40 yards ahead of me. The trail was frozen and slippery in some areas. I made it back with barely any daylight left in the forested trails(there were two groups of hikers behind me that I passed)

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice hike along the shores of lake McDonald. Beautiful views of the mountain range and colors but the winds across the lake took away the mirror reflection of the crystal clear water.

Portion of trails were closed due to fire damage from recent fires.

Wonderful hike in its entirety. Beautiful scenery, relaxing river ambiance with impressive rock formations (carvings) and a remarkable reward once you hit the lake.

on Stanton Lake

2 months ago

Yes a little steep at the beginning but not bad and a walk in in the park after that. Beautiful hike all around especially in the fall! Great day hike for sure

Great trail. You can tailor it to skill level. Either hike to just the lookout point, or continue down to the lake.

Awesome, easy hike through beautiful scenery.

Beautiful trail through the trees. Uphill on the way out to the lake. It snowed while we were there end of sept. Very popular hike. Beautiful waterfall on the trail of the cedars. The avalanche trail also runs along a creek which was very pretty.

hiking
3 months ago

A nice quiet trail that can be hiked in a couple hours. Ample parking at trailhead. The road sign to trailhead is about 200 yards before the parking lot coming from West Glacier on US2, ie don't park where cabin rental office is. Was confronted by unfriendly large dog with equally rude, unapologetic owner, when I advised that dogs required to be on leash. She pleaded ignorance but anyone with an ounce of sense would have checked.
Trail does not end at head of lake but there seemed to be a path beyond the 'official' end of the trail. Heavily overgrown so didn't go too far. Was wondering if it might have led to a viewpoint of the mountain at the head of the lake?

Hiked this with two young kids. We had to carry them most of the way, but we made it to the lake in about an hour. The view at the end was well worth it.

Everything about this hike is perfection... but don’t cut it short. Go to both ends of the lake. You’re missing out if you don’t see the view from the opposite shore. Plus fewer people go the full distance so it’s a little more peaceful.

One the most beautiful trails I have hiked. Breathtaking, serene lake and heavenly waterfalls. Lots of wildlife.

Beautiful walk along the stream and lake at the end is absolutely stunning. It was quiet going up to the lake but lots of crowds as we made our way back down. Going to the sun had just closed at avalanche creek so lots of people settled on this hike when they realized they couldn't drive further. Definitely recommend going early as part of the lake's beauty is its solitude.

Enjoyed this trail. Great scenery along the way to the lake. Would definitely do it again in summer though and first thing in the morning to avoid crowds

this trail was like walking in literal heaven. absolutely beautiful landscapes, adorable mountain goats. highly recommend! if you'd like to do the whole trail, which goes down to the lake (and then you walk back to where you started) I recommend giving yourself a full day because it is long and you'll probably wanna chill at the lake for an hour or two before heading back.

This would be a wonderful family hike as there's no elevation gain and a well paved trail. Lake was beautiful as were the mountain peaks and waterfalls/streams on the way in.

hiking
3 months ago

We did this hike the 3 days after they reopened the pass to the visitors center. The entire trail was still snow covered and we didn't have crampons so that made it quite challenging. Saw many mountain goats both right on the trail and on the mountain side. The views were breathtaking!

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