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.

Very beautiful trail along the river. I don’t know where it got the name McDonald “Creek”! We used it as a nice easy walk, the day after the Highline Trail!

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muddy
1 day ago

Giving this 3 stars because all of the prior comments were true. The trail is very stinky and buggy the first 2 miles - wear bug spray! Myself and 2 friends hiked about 4 miles in and had to turn around. Hikers hiking out warned us they saw grizzlies from a distance, so I wasn’t too nervous since we had bear spray. However, we met another couple that encounter a grizzly directly on the trail. We waited until 3 other hikers came close to our group and then proceeded since we combined into a group of 6 — there is safety in numbers. But then, our group of 6 met a grizzly about 20 meters off the trail. As we saw the bear, 3 more hikers came running yelling at the bear. They’d just been “bluff charged” several times by a mother grizzly and her cub, meaning, the bears would run at them and show their teeth, and then stop. This group was visibly shaken up and we decided to all turn back as a large group of 9 people. After talking to rangers, it sounds like it’s very common to encounter grizzlies on this trail every day. In large groups of 6+ I think you’d be safe, but if you aren’t in a large group and/or don’t have bear spray I would NOT do this hike. I’m praying I can go back tomorrow or another day to “hitchhike” my way into hiking with a large group of people, because this is the trail I’ve wanted to do most on my trip. In conclusion, I’m sure this trial is a 5 star trail if you’re in a big group and don’t encounter grizzlies. We didn’t even make it to the lake, so I was very disappointed to have spent half of a day of my trip hiking through the woods to not see the lake.

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1 day ago

Giving this 3 stars because all of the prior comments were true. The trail is very stinky and buggy the first 2 miles - wear bug spray! Myself and 2 friends hiked about 4 miles in and had to turn around. Hikers hiking out warned us they saw grizzlies from a distance, so I wasn’t too nervous since we had bear spray. However, we met another couple that encounter a grizzly directly on the trail. We waited until 3 other hikers came close to our group and then proceeded since we combined into a group of 6 — there is safety in numbers. But then, our group of 6 met a grizzly about 20 meters off the trail. As we saw the bear, 3 more hikers came running yelling at the bear. They’d just been “bluff charged” several times by a mother grizzly and her cub, meaning, the bears would run at them and show their teeth, and then stop. This group was visibly shaken up and we decided to all turn back as a large group of 9 people. After talking to rangers, it sounds like it’s very common to encounter grizzlies on this trail every day. In large groups of 6+ I think you’d be safe, but if you aren’t in a large group and/or don’t have bear spray I would NOT do this hike. I’m praying I can go back tomorrow or another day to “hitchhike” my way into hiking with a large group of people, because this is the trail I’ve wanted to do most on my trip. In conclusion, I’m sure this trial is a 5 star trail if you’re in a big group and don’t encounter grizzlies. We didn’t even make it to the lake, so I was very disappointed to have spent half of a day of my trip hiking through the woods to not see the lake.

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2 days ago

Short and sweet! It is a bit of a uphill climb for the first half mile or so but then evens out. Mostly a wooded trail and loaded with wildflowers. At a little over a mile and a half in, you'll reach the end of trail which is nothing short of gorgeous. Not only did we see the tallest Douglas Fir tree I have ever seen but the pond and meadow are gorgeous. Keep your eye on the side of the trail along the meadow as marmots can be seen running around.

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muddy
3 days ago

This lake is even more beautiful than you think it is, and seems to be a hidden gem within the park and the perfect length for a day hike in the summer. As others have mentioned it is quite unfortunate that about two miles of the trail is muddy and slippery and covered in horse crap, but hey, nice things come at a cost. The silver lining here is that this trail is much, much less crowded than others such as iceberg lake. Would recommend wearing shoes with ankle support. Also worth nothing the mosquitos are bothersome so bring bug spray for that stretch through the forest (even coming from big-ridden Australia, these mosquitoes are fat!). Not sure if that’s always the case, I hear it’s been particularly humid lately. Once you’re in the open part of the trail, everything is stunning. I definitely think it’s worth it to get there. I would recommend this trail to anyone and the lake will go down as one of my favourite places I’ve seen in the USA. We saw a bear and cub on the side of Allen Mountain (safe distance) but then had a pretty close encounter with a Grizzly by the lake and it got on the trail between us at the trailhead so ensure you come prepared (we went on Wednesday 10 Jul).

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over grown
3 days ago

We did the Grinnell Valley. Parts were overgrown but gorgeous. We made sure to be noisy. Pack bug spray!

easy with chance to see a bear in the late afternoons

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bugs
4 days ago

Great hike! Beautiful views, lots of wildflowers, and Grinnell Lake is absolutely gorgeous! Bring your bug spray, the mosquitoes are hungry. I would totally do this hike again.

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4 days ago

We got into the park by 9 and parking at the trailhead was only 3 spots left. There were other areas available to use for this hike or the glacier hike. The flora was abound in bloom today while hiking from the trailhead to the lake. The trail was busy but not crowded. The ranger told us they had recently rerouted the trail near the end to higher level due to the old trail was always in need of maintenance. The view was enjoyable and the wind made it feel cool. Make sure you visit the Hidden Falls before you leave.

Don’t be scared of this trail! Yes, it’s hard. But the hardest section is fairly short (one mile or so) and there are payoff views most of the way. We saw very few people on trail... but did encounter a few mountain goats! I loved it so much!

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8 days ago

The experience being at Cracker Lake is everything you have read - beautiful glacial-blue hazy water surrounded by mountains on every side. It is absolutely stunning. The reason I said it is 4 stars is two-fold. First off, the reviews that talk about how bad the start of the trail is because of the horses are completely accurate. However we read lots of reviews about it being a mile, it is 2 miles (we used the app during our trail to record). So what is a gorgeous lake hike starts and ends with 2 miles of smelly, slippery mud and horse poop with often only small walkable areas. The other warning is that it is heavily bear trafficked. There was scat on the trail throughout and we did see a big grizzley on the way back that stopped many of us while we waited for him to move away from the trail. Other hikers told us about a mother and her cubs in the area this morning. We did not see them though The lake is top notch but you certainly have to earn it and be alert throughout.

Amazing views all the way up through the burned trees. A steep hike, so bring lots of water and sunscreen and bug repellent for the area near the bottom. Got to meet one of the mountain goats while at the top as well. Hiking poles recommended.

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9 days ago

This is an easy hike. It is a nice warm up. You follow the river for the most part. There is a short section the veers away from the water, but most of the hike is very picturesque.

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10 days ago

the lake was beautiful. I would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for the horse trail portion of the trail. we took the trail right after a big rain so it was extremely muddy and covered in horse sh*t. there are many gorgeous hikes in the park that this is NOT worth the pain.

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13 days ago

Perfect early morning hike, nobody around and very quiet... great way to experience the feel of the area without a huge commitment in time or energy. Walk slowly and enjoy the show.

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13 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails. Even though we visited during the busy season in July, we encountered very few people on the trail and had the lake to ourselves. The lake itself is a stunning blue, and there are plenty of beautiful views on the hike. Yes the beginning of the trail is muddy from the horses, but don’t let that stop you from seeing this beautiful lake. I strongly recommend this hike to people looking to get away from the crowds.

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muddy
14 days ago

Beautiful trail, never seen anything like it in this country. Trail described as 12 miles, but we recorded it as 14 roundtrip. Make sure you go to the red rock at the end of the lake. Saw a lot of wildlife, like marmots playing with eachother on top of the rock. Do not let the first mile of mud deter you from doing this hike. Was a bit buggy so I would wear long pants and long sleeved shirts, wear waterproof sneakers if you have them.

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14 days ago

This is a pretty easy walk with amazing views at the end. The Many Glacier area was full by the time we arrived (and had been closed) but we got lucky to catch a ride both in and out from, and back to, the entrance.

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muddy
14 days ago

I would have rated this a 5 but the first mile + of the trail has been deeply rutted by horses. And the areas of the trail in this section that aren’t rutted and muddy are covered in manure. So the first section is spent either avoiding mud or fresh manure and the accompanying flies. The trail beyond that is beautiful and the lake is spectacular. I spotted a bear in the distance with my binoculars. Get rid of the horses and the whole thing would be great.

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muddy
14 days ago

Very muddy and horse dung to start. Last few miles were good. Lake was lovely

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16 days ago

I tried to hike this Saturday 6-29-2019 and got almost to the lake but was warned by returning backpackers that there was an adolescent male grizzly bear near the lake. Since I was alone and since the wind was blowing away from the grizzly, I turned back. On the way back I was warned about another bear and also encountered a moose that jumped out of the bushes about ten feet away and appeared to follow me down the trail. Then I encountered about 15 people on a guided horse tour. So this trail is probably better on horseback. I’m gonna give it 3 stars for now.

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bugs
16 days ago

Trail itself is in good condition. As people mention, you must navigate the first mile or so of horse manure as you share the trail. We saw a grizzly towards the very end of the trail. Mosquitoes were rampant when you reach the lake, so wear bug spray. Chilling on the outdoor deck of the Many Glacier hotel was the true highlight of the day.

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muddy
19 days ago

The views at a couple of lookouts and end were great but the trail surrounding lake Josephine was mosquito central with no view, just plants all around. Thousands of mosquitos every step. I wore long pants and jacket with hood and my hands hiding in pockets as much as I could and I still got dozens of bites on my hands from taking them out occasionally. I’m not sure if it’s the usual situation or our day today. The trail is still a bit muddy from recent rain but okay with hiking boots. There are grizzly bear poop at many points on the trail and hikers have seen grizzly today. Bring bear spray.

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muddy
19 days ago

Did this as an offshoot from the Grinnell Glacier, so from the junction the hike is easy and a solid gradual gain. Tons of mosquitoes so bug spray if you have it. Grinnell lake is nice but can get crowded.

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