backpacking
muddy
9 hours ago

Absolutely beautiful place; fairly easy hiking despite a lot of overgrowth (felt like bushwhacking, but we were the first hikers of the season), stunning views with no difficult elevation gain. Not a very trafficked trail at all- Definitely an adventure :)

hiking
bugs
muddy
1 day ago

With East Glacier being closed still we picked this for today’s hike. First 1/3 of the hike was a pretty good increase in elevation. Trail for most of the hike was pretty average at best. Great view of Lake McDonald about 1/3 of the way up. Parts of the trail is pretty muddy and overgrown, but the trail is easy to follow. The last 1/4 of the hike is worth going up and seeing the view. It was pretty amazing and the lake has mountains all around it.

hiking
rocky
snow
1 day ago

We had a great time in West Glacier (June 26-28)! It was difficult to find information about the closures in the park though. The signage and information was not great when driving in the park. While driving on Going To The Sun Road, there is no warning of closures until you are about 20 minutes down the road. Do not plan your day around being able to go past Lake McDonald Lodge. The road is was closed 2/3 days while we visited, with little information or explanation from the park rangers. My friends and I completed the Sperry Trail hike yesterday (~ 12 miles). It was beautiful! We did not see any bears or goats, but we did see bear scat. There was lots of snow at the top. Also, it is NOT a loop hike as I’ve read on other reviews. I hope this helps anyone visiting soon!

one of the absolute best hikes I have ever done. the biews are amazing and start early. the cedars and the waterfalls were great. went up beyond the chalet to the ridge of Lincoln, highly recommend. amazing views of the mountains behind and lake Mcdonald. saw two deer on the trail and a ton of marmots. had to park at John's lake so it was a lot of walking, but everything was amazing except for the bugs which were vicious

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 days ago

This trail leads to some amazing panoramic views of the mountain peaks! I did this trail on June 23, 2020 when the park road was still closed to vehicles, so I hiked along the road from the Avalanche parking lot to reach the trailhead, which made for a 24-mile round-trip hike. I did not make it all the way up to the chalet because there was still snow on the ground at the top of the trail, and I lost the trail towards the end. Still had some gorgeous views though, so it was worth it! The majority of this trail (including most of the elevation change) has NO shade though because of a fire in the early 2000’s, so come prepared with sunscreen and extra water. A local couple said that this trail has the most rescues every year because of heat exhaustion. There’s also a lot of thick brush along the trail, so definitely watch for bears! Definitely a great trail and a great workout!

This trail is overall moderate and not as heavily trafficked as others- so expect to not see many people. We saw about 6 people in the 5 hours we spent on the trail and at the lake on a very busy summer saturday. You follow a creek (rose creek) part of the way up with numerous waterfalls and view points along the way. The area has experienced a burn, so there isnt a ton of shade on most of the trail. The lake up top is incredible and there are numerous places to relax once you arrive. We spent about 45 minutes taking it in before we headed down. It took us about 2.5 hours with a few scenic stops along the way to reach the lake, and about 1.5 hours to get down. There are numerous bear postings and you do walk through quite a a bit of bear habitat (berry bushes and brush), but our group of 4 had no isses with wildlife on the trail.

hiking
scramble
6 days ago

hiking
bugs
snow
6 days ago

Classic horse trail to the Sperry Chalet completed in 1901. The Chalet, which was built after the trail bu over 10 years was damaged in a 1918 fire but the repairs are awesome. The local Guide book and AllTrails suggest a 12 mile round trip but we walked 13.5 from the closest parking spot and a group that started from the hotel walked 14 miles. We loved the hike and saw a Grizzly and her 2 cubs down I the river valley and 4 Mule deer. Our picture of the Chalet on its Ridge has to be blown up to see it but it is spectacular.

hiking
bugs
over grown
6 days ago

This trail has great views of the three lakes. Beware that I have never seen so many mosquitoes in my life. We were completely covered with long pants and sweatshirts and mosquito nets over our faces. We still got bit threw our clothes. In addition there were 90 trees down. I do not suggest doing this hike unless you are ready for an extreme challenge with the down trees. I’ve never seen it that difficult. With that being said, we still had a great time. There is long bursts of up and downhill but the trail itself is pretty manageable for most people

hiking
bugs
over grown
scramble
6 days ago

We were told the 3.2 mile leg was a great choice to trek from bowman lake. We spent most of the time wondering if we were even in the correct place or not. Once we got to the lower lake we were very unimpressed...to say it the nicest. The park ranger did not give us any favor suggesting that this trail is so worthy of our time. I would re-hike avalanche lake twice over to this disappointment any day. On a positive note, we did get a nice heart rate pump. If you visit bowman lake, hike around the lake itself. It is beautiful and worthy of simply hanging out and enjoying the view.

Excellent hike and definitely worth it. Be bear aware, spotted some fresh tracks. The mosquitoes were out of control from the parking lot all the way to the lookout. Bug spray is a must.

One of my all time favorites! I completed the entire hike and it was very challenging. The first part of the trail takes you along the mountain ledges and has absolutely stunning views of the snow capped mountains. Many people turn around at the Rimrock area. Definitely advisable if you want the views without the long hike. We continued on and even hiked up about a half a mile to an overlook of grinnell glacier. The latter half of the hike is through wooded forests and it is pretty remote. It was a butt kicker but provided tons of amazing views. We saw deer and a mother and baby bear from an overlook.

hiking
bugs
7 days ago

hiking
bugs
8 days ago

Bugs were pretty bad and we weren’t able to make it to the lookout but nice trails with rewarding views near the top

Great trail. First four miles through very buggy forest - bring bug spray. Once you start climbing the views of the lake and mountains are spectacular.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
flooded
muddy
no shade
off trail
over grown
8 days ago

Amazing view at the end! Steep up hill for the first 2 miles. That part was cleared nicely with a wide trail. After reaching the top, the trees were affect by fire so there was little coverage and lots of sun exposure. There were many trees down the rest of the trail. Some were easy to get over, but many you had to go off trail and search for the trail again. The wetland part was very wet and flooded. The tail was completely under water. Be prepared for no other hikers and an extremely difficult hike. Pack lots of bug spray and water. We saw a bear at about mile 2 in a meadow!

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