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19 days ago

Gotta be the most gorgeous day hike ever. So glad I did it when I was a bit younger and more in shape.

hiking
23 days 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.

Beautiful hike through the woods and picturesque riverside scenery. No wildlife sightings, and nps had a portion of the loop closed for Maintenance but still well worth the trip.
Moderately easy, relatively low elevation change.

Physically taxing hike, but well worth the effort once you reach the top. Coming down was just as bad as going up!
Beautiful views of the valley & lake Macdonald.

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

Steady increase in elevation, lots of switchbacks. Well worth the climb. the views the last 1/2 mile and lake is great. Did this hike with my 59 year old sister and Brother in law from Ohio n they crushed it.

Did this trail last weekend. very nice trail, its a climb but worth it, great views.

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

hiking
1 month ago

Steady climb up, steady decent down. Saw a number of other hikers, but no wildlife except a crow, a grouse (Ithink) and some ground squirrels. The climb to the top was worth the effort. We ate lunch on top sitting on the deck of the lookout tower. I felt like the cell tower at our feet competed for attention and was out of place but that did not stop me from texting pictures to friends back home. Once on top there is a fantastic view of Lake McDonald. I met some locals on the trail that had used the trail many times. Back on Columbia Falls I talked to anothe local who had traversed the trail on three occasions. If I do it again I will wear better socks or shoes and a cap with a bill. There is almost no shade. But The leaves a a brilliant yellow and falling along the lower trail.

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.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Sadly, this trail is closed until some future date. Apparently the park service or the forest service is concerned about "fire weakened trees" falling. In addition, the road to the trailhead is closed at Going to the Sun Road, requiring a short 1/4 mile hike. I was disappointed since I wanted to get a few quick hikes in Montana. There was no indication as to when this trail will be reopened. I suspect that many of the trails in this area are presently afflicted in a similar manner.

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

on Highline Trail

1 month ago

This is a fantastic hike - great views! Worth the detour to take the trail up to the glacier overlook (worth the steep trek). Highly recommend you retrace your steps after you get to the lodge - we made the mistake of ignoring other hikers’ advice and the last 4 miles to the road were the worst hiking ever - dusty, hot, biting flies and dodging mule dung, (no views) and then waiting an hour to get a shuttle (no seats on the 5 that passed by). Other than that this was the best day in the park! Wish we had time to do it twice!

this trail is too populated.

so sick

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

beautiful mountain and lake side views along with three different water falls. only downside is personal, in that I prefer alpine trails :)

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.

1 month ago

A good hike up the mountain and my wife and I did get to the tp and it was a spectacular view we didn’t anticipate. Those of you who gave up before the top missed it. Oh, I’m 71 and headed to east glacier tomorrow.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy hike. Nice views. Did this as a recovery hike after Ptarmigan tunnel + Iceberg Lake yesterday. Saw a moose (f) on the way back and some bald eagles.

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
1 month 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!

Amazing views all around. We aren’t in great shape so it took us a little longer than others. There were a lot of people on the trail; views getting there and back were just as beautiful as the Hidden Lake. Mostly wooden planks and then there are gravel trails. Some snow on the boardwalks but dries out around noon.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike with lots of wildlife. We seen a lot of Mt Goats and long horn sheep. The flowers were just starting to bloom.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail for our large group of different ages and abilities. Beautiful views of the Flathead valley on the way in, then when you reach Birch Lake it was a nice surprise. We camped on the peninsula, caught a few fish, and a few hiked in to Crater Lake the next morning.

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