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Hannah Lampman reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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We really enjoyed this trail. We parked at Macdonald Lodge and took the road (since the roads closed to vehicles right now) to where John’s Lake loop comes out on the road (right) and merges across the road into a section of MacDonald (left). We went left and followed the trail until we got to the dirt toad and bridge that takes you to the actual trailhead. We went to the end of MacDonald and then on our way back did the John’s Lake section to Sperry Creek trail which takes you right back to the parking area of MacDonald lodge. That beat taking the road all the way back. Super gorgeous hike and we saw no people until we got onto the Sperry Creek section.

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Jeanine M reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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HikingRockyScrambleWashed out

This is a beautiful trail, worth taking, with amazing views, however, it is not the length listed on All Trails. To just the halfway point, it is just over 4.5 miles. It's another more than 3 or 4 miles to the end. The halfway point is the only spot where this trail connects to the road other than the beginning of the trail. This is not a safe trail to bring small children on. I'm not sure if maybe too much of the trail has been washed away in recent storms or they've eroded for other reasons, but there are so many spaces where we had to walk single file across slippery, moss covered rocks with a tree lined tall slope on one side and a sheer cliff face dropping straight onto huge boulders on the other. If you can bring a small child on this trail, you are a far more trusting parent than I.

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Marissa McKinney reviewed Mount Brown Lookout Trail
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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailSnow

Since these past few days of sun, the trails were melting to the max!! We started at 10 am and the trails were completely iced over and dead! We got up to the last .8 miles before summit and had to turn around! The snow was so melted and soft we were sinking to our hips in snow even with snow shoes on! Coming back down the trails had been used and abused. Trails were filled with holes as a bunch of people had turned back way before us! Holes dropped 6+ feet and were quite dangerous coming back down! Got unreal views and sun so it wasn’t a disappointment!! Definitely need micro spikes the first 2.5 miles and snowshoes the rest of the way!!

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Kimberly Gietzen reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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It was amazing! All the views: serene lake, loud rushing water, small waterfall like areas, silent woods. Pretty easy, even with a kid strapped on your back. 10/10 recommend. Will go back someday.

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Koren Dettloff reviewed Mount Brown Lookout Trail
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We went a little while back now, but at the time the trail was amazing. You will absolutely be climbing and there are approximately 36 switchbacks up the entire mountain. If you're lucky you'll meet John, the gentleman who climbs up it every day to upkeep the trail. If you're going in the summer months, BRING BUGSPRAY and be sure to bring sunscreen too. We went in June and while there was snow at the peaks, it was still a hot climb up.

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Jennifer Ranieri reviewed Mount Brown Lookout Trail
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Beautiful trail. You need microspikes for the first 2 miles. 3 miles in the snow is very deep - you need snowshoes or skins and skis. we had to turn around because we didn't have either. If I had a do over, I'd hike up with my skis, skin up starting at mile 3, then ski down after summit. Beautiful views even if you don't make it to the top. have fun!

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Julia Gamache reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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the road itself was closed to the trail, so we had to walk an additional mile or more just to get to the trail. But it’s a pretty one :) winter wonderland.

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Abigail Roston reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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12/16 Sweet little trail along the creek! Not too much snow or ice yet and able to be completed without snowshoes or poles. We saw no one else on the trail and enjoyed the peaceful views!

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Nicole Dunn reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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Easy trail with beautiful scenery and water features. Only saw 2 other people on the trail first weekend in November.

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Hayden Kusy reviewed Mount Brown Lookout Trail
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HikingIcySnow

Absolutely amazing views. Snowshoes are highly recommended to get to the top, but once you make it, it’s worth the trek!

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Betty Walter reviewed Mount Brown Lookout Trail
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Matt Vittal reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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Nice trail for a nature walk and I’m glad I did it, but not one I would do a second time. There are much better hikes in the park.

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Jasper Dean reviewed Mount Brown Lookout Trail
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The view is 6 stars, but some trail difficulties (during winter) make it close to 4 stars. Advice: -start early. Aim to be at the trailhead by 9:30am at the latest -during winter, you definitely will need snowshoes for the last ~2 miles -bring lots of food and water and layers. This trail is constantly ascending (until the peak), accordingly you’ll burn a lot of energy and change temperatures a few times - About a half mile from the top, the trail completely disappeared. Finding the peak of a mountain isn’t difficult per se, but managing to not lose your footing and tumble down a mountain/start an avalanche is a little more difficult. Even where I turned around, the view is not short of surreal. An incredible hike

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Norman Li reviewed Mount Brown Lookout Trail
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Most important thing, bring your snowshoe! This trail is very tough under the winter conditions as less traffic means you will need to find your own way in the white out situation. Everything is okey before the turning point and after that, you will be picking up elevation all the way up. As very less trafficked, trails are completely covered by snow to the knee level. We didnt bring the snowshoe (biggest mistake) and failed to push our own way for the last part considering it would be dark when we descent.....also need to watch out for the complete white out.

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Crystal Wu reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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Love hiking in the snow, little tip the trailhead parking lot is a bit towards the inside after you drive down hill. If it is slowing without a 4x4 car you might have issues driving out up the hill of the parking lot. Park outside of the trail parking lot without going downhill can prevent that. The trail itself is beautiful easy hike along the creek. We took some beautiful pictures in the slow

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Wesley Mergard reviewed Mount Brown Lookout Trail
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We hiked Mt Brown back in July just before Logan Pass opened. We were pleasantly surprised by how spectacular this hike became once you start to clear the tree line. Warning.. this hike is quite difficult, even for those in average / above average shape. The trail was very well maintained but it’s very steep - making the journey back down much more strenuous than you’d expect. Traffic was extremely light on the trail. Views at the top are excellent and we ran into a group of friendly Mountain Goats near the top. If you’re looking for a less traveled trail in Glacier I’d highly recommend.

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Ilona Fekete reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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beautiful!

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Cassandra Durkee reviewed Mount Brown Lookout Trail
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Brian Elkins reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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Sam Moorhead reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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HikingGreat!

We did this hike earlier this week (Oct 21) and it was a great first hike in Glacier. The path was easy and the water was beautiful. The ground was frozen but conditions were otherwise great.

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Laura Fowler reviewed Mount Brown Lookout Trail
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We ended up on this trail because we could not find Snyder lake trail. We made it half way and turned back. It was too steep for us since we don’t climb regularly. However even at the halfway mark there were beautiful views of the mountains.

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Eva Breitenbach reviewed Mount Brown Lookout Trail
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Snowy day so no view. Burned out area, lots of switchbacks

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Chelsea Peason reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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