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Allen Ngo reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful hike along the creek with amazing views. Went through some dense vegetation at one point.

Kate Fluker reviewed Johns Lake Loop
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Nice recovery day hike. Beautiful scenery and great views of the creek.

Carl Gaebe reviewed Mount Brown Lookout Trail
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HikingGreat!

The hike is steep and will test your endurance, but like others have said, please don't let that stop you. The lookout and its residing mountain goat appeared sooner than expected. Worth the sore knees and calves. My goal was to summit Mt. Brown. I came close but had to give a nod of respect to Brown and its jagged, rocky, narrow, and steep spine. I went further than I had expected but stopped short. Great views from this rocky section! Be careful up there, but enjoy!

Fiona Jensen-Hitch reviewed Sperry Chalet Trail
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8/3/20. Hiked up to the chalet, which is about 6 miles. It’s another mile up to Lincoln Peak (the peak is a short 300 foot scramble off the trail, definitely an easier summit), and about another 2 miles to Lake Ellen Wilson. We originally were planning to just do the peak but the lake looked so beautiful and we continued for a quick dip. The trail does keep going all the way to Jackson Glacier trailhead and can be done point to point either in a day (it’s around 22 miles) or as a backpacking trip (with permits). We went to the lake and back and it was about 18 miles EOY trip; started around 8:30 and finished around 6:30pm. Super beautiful, one of the less busy areas of glacier right now.

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Yes it is an easy hike, but we arrived into glacier at noon and thought we’d start with an easier hike since it was already getting later. Started on trail at about 1pm. Had no issue parking at the end of the road (which was just off of GTSrd). We did come across people on trail, but it wasn’t congested like I expected it would be. We had bug spray, so we didn’t have issues. Your under the tree line for a lot of it, so no worries there either. It was gorgeous! If you do the whole thing, you’ll come to the end near a second water fall where we (and others) decided to cliff jumping into the freezing water! There are 3ft-20ft cliffs to jump off. Even little kids were doing it. Super fun, but very cold! First jump you’re sucking air big time from the shock of it. Great trail! Very well marked. Awesome views!

Adam Sutterffield reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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Nice easy hike along the creek! Several good views of the rolling creek along the way.

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Matt Smith reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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HikingGreat!

Hiked this trail on 7/29. Great trail, very flat, with a lot of vegetation. Beautiful waterfall. Around 2 miles in, saw 2 black bears. Watched one rub his back on a tree, then go for a swim in the river. Was able to video the entire thing. Very memorable.

d Taylor reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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Nice easy trail after a hard or moderate one. Beautiful views of McDonald creek and small falls. At one point you peel off of the creek to walk through a dense forest. We started this one late morning and it was nice seeing the sun peek through the dense trees. It got really quiet, very shaded, high brush on either side of the trail for a short stint with huckleberries hanging off of the limbs. Saw bear scat in a few places, but no bear. We did see a deer about 15 yards in front of us. It didn't seem to mind we were there. At the end, we hung out on rocks at a small waterfall for lunch. Easy walk with a few ups and down, but good to get the legs going if sore from other hikes.

darren sandquist reviewed Johns Lake Loop
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Bears and deer. Good hike.

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Angela Stroup reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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Stan Strayer reviewed Johns Lake Loop
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Joshua Williams reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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Fun, easy hike that tracks lovely McDonald Creek and ends in a series of falls and whirlpools.

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shikin lockman reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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Im sure this was a beautiful trail. but on 7/28/2020 unfortunately we had to turn back within 1 mile as we saw a grizzly cub on the first creek you see. it was literally 10ft/2m away from us. anytime there is a cub there is a mum. we turned around (did not run) and spoke loudly and left as fast as we could. we found out later when we talked to workers at the entrance that the family had been there for several days. there were also other folks a few minutes after we were in the parking lot that said they saw the cub with the mum. bring bear spray and note the parkinf can only fit 10 cars ish.

Shane Pape reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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Tristan Elkington reviewed Sperry Chalet Trail
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PSA for non-advanced hikers and regular vacationers: Think twice before taking this trail. It is very difficult, has steady, fairly steep elevation gain (the second highest overall elevation gain in GNP), and doesn’t reward you with great views until the end of the hike. If you’re looking for a fairly challenging, but not extremely strenuous trail, this one isn’t for you. Even though you may read reviews from people saying they made it up in 2.25 hours, don’t expect that to be your experience. It’s easily a 3.5 hour hike to the chalet for non-advanced hikers, and you’ll be worn out after the full round trip. Proceed with caution. BUT There are also some pros: We did see lots of chipmunks, deer, and beavers, and the trail was not crowded at all.

Beth Kitteringham reviewed Johns Lake Loop
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This was a peaceful and great recovery trail. We did a strenuous hike the day before and this was perfect for today. The creekside walk and waterfalls were really nice and the forrest was really peaceful. I had bug spray on and did not have a problem with mosquitoes that others seemed to. It was really hot out today and it does not offer much for breeze but it was still very nice.

Jeff F. reviewed Johns Lake Loop
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HikingBugsGreat!

Great trail. John’s Lake was smaller and more shallow than anticipated. Take bug spray.

Lena Smith reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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Hiking

Pretty crowded for the first mile, then we only saw a few people. Followed the trail all the way until we saw the creek again, added a little distance but it was well worth it! (it's a little longer than 5.6, I had power saver on so the gps isn't as accurate)

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Eric Armstrong reviewed Sperry Chalet Trail
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Stephanie Seymore reviewed McDonald Creek Trail
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HikingGreat!

This was a little gem in Glacier! Very lightly traveled and lots of places to cut down to the river and get your feet wet. Trail ends at a rock outcropping right over a waterfall. Gorgeous and great place for a picnic or snack. Great for all skill levels but is still a decent workout.

Adrienne Wooten reviewed Johns Lake Loop
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Rebecca MacVaugh reviewed Sperry Chalet Trail
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Great trail, stayed overnight at the chalet. Bugs for sure, and exposed so start early in the morning! Steep but a great workout!

Adam Gentry reviewed Johns Lake Loop
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Aurora R. reviewed Hidden Meadow Trail
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Perfect kid friendly trail to get away from the Glacier NP crowds. We only saw two other groups. Lots of flowers and only a few places that are overgrown but you can get through it fine. Saw some swans at the lake! Not breathtaking but a nice hike for what it is.

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