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nice easy walk along the river! about 2/3 of the way down the trail there is a smaller trail that takes you to the river where there are big beautiful boulders you can stand on with a fantastic view.

Beautiful well trodden path. Totally flat, and a nice walk into town along the river. I would not call this a hike but it’s a beautiful walk along the rushing river.

walking
6 days ago

Went on 8/13, only saw one other group of people out on it. The trail was somewhat overgrown.

hiking
10 days ago

Great chill hike/run if you're looking for Swan River vistas. Put it on auto pilot and enjoy the views. Very easy walk for all types. Coming back!

hiking
12 days ago

Short, nearly flat loop through a cedar grove with a few other types of conifer trees. Mostly asphalt or boardwalk. Popular because it is the easiest trail in Glacier National Park. Many people also hike this trail as the start of a hike to Avalanche Lake. Overall, a pleasant short walk if you are not up for one of the park's harder trails.

hiking
14 days ago

We did a ranger-lead tour. The individual was quite knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. This hike is not as busy as some of the other ones in the park, is fairly easy, and offers good views at the rocky point of Lake McDonald.

hiking
14 days ago

Great, easy hike in Old-growth forest. There were very few people on this trail, but getting one of the limited parking spots can be hard.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike through the woods in Glacier National Park. Amazing views of water falls, rapids, still water and the trees.

hiking
17 days ago

Pretty boring trail and easy, except for the lookout over Skyles Lake. I think this would be much funner done on a bike and would encourage you to go farther.

We hiked this trail and there’s a nice little bonus hike here to go out to the lake. Beautiful historic cedars!

hiking
19 days ago

Get there early - 9 am parking will go fast. The hike is relatively easy but the views when you get there are worth it.

hiking
20 days ago

Easy, beautiful as always!

hiking
22 days ago

Nice family hike for people who can handle walking 1-3 miles of easy terrain.

Great quick hike! Went around 6pm and the sun and reflections on Johns Lake were beautiful! Only ran into two other families. Make sure that you take the hiking trail and not the designated horse trail otherwise you won’t be able to get up to Johns Lake.

30 days ago

Nice easy trail. Good for pups!

Beautiful trail that runs along the creek for the first half and then thru the forest and ends up at spectacular water falls.
Trail marking is a little confusing as it is signed John's lake, but just keep walking by the creek. After the forest keep going all the way to the end, past where people stop at a viewing area on the other side of the creek and you will be rewarded with a gorgeous view.
Spotted deer, and a mama moose with a baby swimming across a marshy area before the forest.

hiking
1 month ago

Lake was nothing special, barely even visible really. The part of the trail on the south of GTTSR (which is where the lake was) was pretty boring, just a bunch of felled trees, and that is where the majority of the incline on this trail was. I would just do the north portion, which is also the beginning of McDonald Creek Trail. Very pretty hike along the rushing water. Horses also use portions of the trail. Make sure to have bug spray! There is a sign for the trail head on the south side of GTTSR, with room for about 6 cars to park, or you can turn north just to the east of that trailhead for more parking (and the better part of the trail). Got there around 0830 and we got the next to last spot on the southside, I assume there were still plenty on the north side. The 13 and 15 year old were pretty bored with this one.

hiking
1 month ago

For your very beginner or family with kids or older adult with decreased endurance or activity level.

Great hike, I highly recommend this one!

This trail was good for doing with our children but overall I felt it was like a trail you could do in any forested area (but maybe I was just spoiled by some of the breath-taking from hikes earlier in the week)

We did this hike on Wednesday 7/11. It was perfect for our family which included our 5 children ranging in age from 1 to 8. Definitely bring bug spray. We hung out by the lake (which is more like a pond) with the mountains in the background and enjoyed the peaceful scenery. I believe we crossed onto McDonald’s Creek trail too because we also walked along the river. It was really enjoyable.

1 month ago

Easy shaded loop with great view of falls and a bridge crossing.

Nice and easy. We hiked it with 2 toddlers. The scenery was gorgeous. Plenty of shade and close enough to touch the river in some places.

hiking
1 month ago

easy and beautiful hike. very relaxing walk through the old growth cedars

hiking
1 month ago

A nice walk through a red cedar forest. It is quite a busy place even after 6pm!! If you are after solitude, this is not a place for it. Still a nice walk and nice scenery to boot

walking
1 month ago

Easy trail but very relaxing with great views. It was so nice just to sit along the stream.

Easy hike with beautiful views.

good hike with kids. relatively flat and easy. gorgeous scenary which includes a forest and large lake.

on Swift Creek Loop

hiking
1 month ago

A story book trail. Lush green forest, well maintained trail, short .5 mile walk to the Swift Creek overlook. My COSTCO non-Deet bug spray was barely adequate even with reapplication every 15 minutes. Bring the good stuff or plan for dizzy dehydration due to blood loss. Clockwise on the loop for gentle trail up and more dramatic elevations down.

For such an easy trail, this one was so beautiful! Get there early to beat the crowds. Pretty early on in the trail, we had an encounter with a beautiful black bear that came to the creek for some water. He was within 20 yards and casually walked on, then ran across the trail. We also saw a deer in the distance. This truly is a beautiful little stroll through a lush ecosystem.

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