Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Glacier National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
8 hours ago

Less traveled and more beautiful even than Avalanche trail. Wonderful trail. We only did the half that runs along the river. Great bridge and spectacular views. Even able to get down to water. I loved this trail!

We went just from lake McDonald to Trout lake, it takes 4hrs there and back

Hard but amazing!

hiking
6 days ago

Stop reading the reviews to figure out if you should hike this and get up there! The lake is incredible and definitely my favorite in Glacier so far!

It’s a long hike but as you can see with most other recordings, takes about 4 in a half hours of hiking. We had to walk through a lot of snow during the last mile here in early June and the lake had some crazy wind gusts, but it didn’t ruin the mood at all.

*edit - we saw a marmot

Western portion is top notch in terms or scenery per mile.

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail overlooking a scenic whitewater creek. Not too difficult or time consuming! The first half is better, but if you follow it to the end you’ll be rewarded with more beautiful scenery!

Heed the warnings, this hike is tough, and now that the Sprague Fire has consumed most of the cover, if it's a sunny day it's going to be blistering hot. Highly recommend hiking poles and take lots of water. The views have opened up as well since the fire, so as tough as this hike is, it's worth it!

walking
8 days ago

Perfect hike for families (my ten-year-old son enjoyed it), although lots of small hills, so a decent amount of work for two miles. Before getting to Johns Lake you walk by a small pond (slightly off the trail), which is ideal for exploring and looking for frogs. Johns Lake is beautiful, surrounded by trees with the mountains in the background. Finally you walk along McDonald Creek, so see the rapids and at least one waterfall. That is the one part of the hike you’ll want to stay especially close to kids, as there is a very steep drop-off along the trail.

Nice workout to get to top and great views!

backpacking
10 days ago

My sister and I snagged a backcountry permit and backpacked to Cracker Lake two days ago. Based on other reviews/blogs we had read prior to going, we were really nervous about encountering a bear along the trail, but we made a ton of noise and luckily didn’t see a single one. The hike itself is mediocre; a couple steep parts and not a lot of views. The last mile and a half of the trail still had snowy parts, but we were fine with our hiking boots and trekking poles. Once you get to the lake, the views are phenomenal. Otherworldly; we were in such awe of this place! Camping was a breeze and waking up to the views of the lake was amazing. Definitely worth lugging 30 pounds of stuff up. It was about 70 during the day and got down to around 35 at night. This was one of our favorite parts of our roadtrip and definitely a must-see! Couldn’t recommend more.

hiking
15 days ago

Nice little walk....:the views of MacDonald Creek are amazing. It’s a great walk when you need a nice slow recovery day. Shady and cool! Mosquitos can be a little bit of bother!

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Adored this hike on the most perfect day with a high of 60 degrees. Lots of wildlife. Once you reach the lake, the trot was totally worth it. We stopped for lunch and the way back was much faster. It was the perfect day hike length for my taste.

Did this because we summited the glacier earlier than we expected. Very windy when we went by still so quiet and very few people. If you have time I’d say do it, it’s basically on the way anyways.

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This area burned in the summer of 2017. The chalet burned down, but they are going to restore it over the summer of 2018. check in with the park service to check about deadfall burnt trees and trail conditions

The trail got really long on the way back, especially for my pregnant wifey.

hiking
1 month ago

Looking to hike this in mid to late July with another person or small group. Normally would do this by myself but I’ve heard of a lot of bear and moose sightings in this area and rather not chance it. HMU if interested. 716 359 2077.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of wildlife here - we saw a grizzly and others we ran into said they saw a Moose the same day. Had lunch at the lake.. It was spectacular!

Such a fun and easy hike. Great for the whole family. Breathtaking views

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! We hiked this trail after hiking to Grinnell Glacier. This trail is easy and beautiful all at once. It passes through dense forest. Beautiful lake with a beautiful beachy area. Great views from the lake. Bring water and a snack, carry bear spray. Make noise on the trail.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

We headed up to the lake via Lake McDonald Lodge. Lovely hike in the trees to the lake. Crossed the bridge and hiked along the river. Such a beautiful trail and views. Only saw one other group.

hiking
6 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I've done and favorite that we did in Glacier. It's a fairly long hike and the scenery is great. You truly get to experience everything from crossing creeks on log bridges, trekking through the woods and then the final approach to cracker lake is a breeze. Make sure to plan accordingly and you MUST go the extra ~1 mile down to the lake shore. Gorgeous blue that I've never seen before nestled below the Glacier and surrounded by mountains on all sides.

backpacking
6 months ago

First few days of August my brothers and I did Redgap Pass to POIA. The trail up to POIA is pretty heavily wooded, passing a shallow marshy lake. Right off the bat we came into contact with a bull elk that moved off through the bush. This section of the trail had an unreal amount of scat on the trail that wasn't bear other wild animals. When we made it to camp we realized that another camper had pack llamas, which was where all the scat came from. Stick your head right through the bushes at tent site and you have incredible views of POIA lake and the valley. Next day was from POIA over Redgap Pass and back to Helen Lake, a little over 15 miles. You will definitely earn it on the way up to Redgap. Also take note that there was only 1 legitimate fill up for water about halfway up from a small waterfall. The views of Elizabeth lake, Crowfoot Mountain, and the Ahern Glacier were incredible from atop Redgap Pass. Second night was at Helen Lake, definitely the most dramatic views from camp. Third night was at Elizabeth lake which was the nicest campground setup we saw. Ample "tree benches" and food prep area. All of the campgrounds had an outhouse. We did not see any bear on the trip but we did see another cow elk near Helen Lake, and then a large bull moose at Elizabeth campground. We exited out through the Ptarmigan tunnel.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike, long, but worth it. The views are spectacular and the water is a color I've never seen before! Great spot for an engagement! ;)

hiking
9 months ago

This is the prettiest lake on the planet. DO THIS HIKE. I'd say it's mostly moderate, with a few moments of hard. There are a few steep inclines, but they are all short and don't last long. They require quick bursts of energy and can be a little draining. I also woke up a little tired the day I did this one, so maybe that's why those hit me a little harder than they might normally. (I do 20 mile day hikes, and this was a "rest" day for me, so when I was expecting this to be moderate, those few moments of uphill threw me off a bit.) Oh yeah, there's also tons of horse poop along the trail, so breathing heavy and inhaling that fine aroma is kind of off putting. Regardless, this hike is an absolute must if you're visiting Glacier. Horse poop and all.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail through gorgeous dense forest. The trail brushes up against the lake briefly by the real treat is the series of waterfalls and rapids that followed towards the end of the trail.

Very easy trail with good views and lots of scenery. Saw a moose in Josephine Lake. Was told normally a lot of bears can be found on hike but due to dry summer berry season wasn't good and as such bears are at higher elevations. Very easy hike for my 4 and 5 years olds.

hiking
9 months ago

An extremely beautiful nature trail - the first half which is where most people stop is at the horse loop , but I highly advise to keep going until the end (even though it's extremely secluded and creepily silent at times). The end of the trail brings you to the opposite bank of an awesome waterfall & cliff jumping area filled with fish!!!

P.S. Beware that the water is extremely ice cold so you will lose your breath if you are not prepared.

The beginning of the trail is presently obstructed by a number of downed trees. Suggest instead you start about a mile up at the horse crossing from John's Lake and head north from there.

hiking
10 months ago

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