Explore the most popular Kid Friendly 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.

Well worth it.

Great short stroll to some beautiful falls! would recommend this trail for those who may have some mobility issues. trail is flat, well maintained and short.

By the time we were able to park - about 230pm - the trail was crowded, really crowded. If you’re expecting solitude, get there early or select another hike. Trail is mostly shaded, a bit rocky at times, and well maintained. The view of the waterfalls and the amphitheater makes this worthwhile.

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!

Nice hiking to the Overlook area. Saw several mountain goats. Stunning views from many different places.

As others have said, don't hike this trail if you are looking for quiet solitude. But it's popular for a reason. Enough distance and slope to push you a little bit, but easy enough for most families, I'd think. Beautiful views of a cascading creek, lush forests, and a sparkling lake against a backdrop of mountain waterfalls at the end. Get to the trailhead early if you want to park anywhere near it!

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1 day ago

lots of steps up on a boardwalk type trail. very busy. beautiful views even though we did not finish to the end.

not much to see here, but I guess it's fun for families and for those who are unable to do more difficult hikes. we took part of this until we got to the avalanche trail.

hiking
1 day ago

This was a fun, short hike. Perfect for our first day at Glacier. The All Trails distance seems to be a bit shorter than what the actual trail was; however, it was still a nice trail. The views of Lake McDonald are wonderful! Would definitely recommend to anyone trying to get a quick hike in to start off a great trip!

beautiful lake with waterfalls at the end

This is a beautiful trail. It was challenging enough to keep your attention but not so hard you lost faith in the end reward. Speaking of the end reward, we were gifted with a beautiful view of 3 spectacular waterfalls cascading into Avalanche Lake from the mountain in front of us. The hike offers a lot of shade and a nice wide trail. The beaches around the lake are soft gravel and make a great place to sit and eat a snack while the kids play.

hiking
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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2 days ago

Nice social hike for families. Great chance to see mountain flowers and wildlife in mid-July and watch the glaciers disappear.

Got out there early enough so there weren’t that many people on the way to the lake. Beautiful walk along the creek through pine forest. Lake is spectacular, at the foot of a 7500 foot ridge, fed by four waterfalls. A little more crowded on the way out. Well worth it if you get there early enough.

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bugs
over grown
3 days ago

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

hiking
3 days ago

Great falls. Short trail.

Absolutely beautiful scenery the entire way. Very easy for anyone to access. Reason for the three star rating is because of the amount of people along the trail. Arrived at 9:30 and had to park .6 of a mile from the trail head because there was no parking available. I would recommend this trail because of the beautiful scenery and lake at the end but I will not be doing it again.

A great hike , the last mile before the falls could use a bit of a trim as the trail is real overgrown. The falls are amazing and photos do not do it justice. Not too bad of a hike until working your way back up the last mile and a half as it is a good climb up. Not too many people on the trail which was nice. Very green and some pretty views .

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.

Great little Hike, as others have mentioned the last part of the trail down to the lake was closed due to bear activity.

hiking
4 days ago

Was hoping to get down to the lake but the trail was closed due to too much bear activity. Still, one of the prettiest trails I’ve ever done. The incline really isn’t too bad and the views all around are amazing. A hike that you should definitely take your time on and just enjoy the land around you. Saw about 25 goats on the trail.

Incredible trail covered in the shade of the Hemlock forest. Ends in the absolutely stunning Avalanche Lake with the Weeping Lady (snow stream tears) in the mountain backdrop. Sound of the creek along the trail is soothing and the force of the water in the narrow Avalanche Gorge is a beautiful sight.

hiking
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.

Amazing hike. Views all around and the lake was breathtaking. Only reason 4 stars is it can get pretty busy in the middle of the day.

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5 days ago

Small easy well maintained loop. Did this while hiking to Avalanche Lake.

Totally amazing views! Gorgeous creek, lake, and waterfalls. Shaded with a gentle breeze.

We did not expect much out of this trail except seeing one waterfall and we were blown away! The first portion of the trail has no shade due to the fire destroying the trees and is all downhill, so ending sucked a few hours later. St Mary’s Waterfall was very busy but very pretty. We finished at Virginia Falls without knowing what to expect and we passed several additional waterfalls and stopped at each one for pictures. It was our favorite hike in Glacier and took about 2 hours

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