Explore the most popular River 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
14 hours ago

they took down the snow warning sign as we were heading back today. there was only 1 small spot where you had to cross snow and it was not difficult at all. one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done.

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
scramble
snow
20 hours ago

Just did firebrand pass as an out and back. 10.2 miles. Great hike. Incredible wildflowers, outstanding views, and tranquil forest. A bit muddy and overgrown in places, but MCC was out doing some trail maintenance. Only two snow crossings. Very strong winds at the top!

Beautiful. Be aware of bears! Great pairing with Grinnel Lake.

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.

This trail might take the cake on most favorite hikes! it's actually about 1100 ft elevation gain coming from logan pass to granite park chalet. really great hike! in total I measured it to be 13.8 miles. once you head down the loop tall it's pretty much all downhill from there, towards the end of the hole the trail will split, go to the left, it's uphill but it's not terrible. I do not suggest going up the loop tall and then crossing the highline, yor legs will hate you this way. make sure you carry plenty of water and snacks, if it's a hot day there's not much for shade. and don't forget your bar spray!!! make sure it's handy and you know how it works, don't rely on someone else to use it for you. we ran into a grizzly and had to back track to find a place to get up and out of his way as he was being followed by some park rangers. Happy hiking, this tall is amazing!

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

Views from the top were ok but you’ll find better ones elsewhere in the park. We started around 8:30am and any later would have made it pretty hot. Essentially just a series of switchbacks with views looking away from the park. It’s a good alternative if you get too the park too late to do the more popular ones since they fill up so early.

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.

One of the best for scenic beauty, animals, wild flowers, & mountain grandeur! I can not stress enough the steep decline, the last four miles of the hike. From Granite Chalet down the trail to the shuttle at the loop, is very steep and you MUST have the right hiking boots!

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!

hiking
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.

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!

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

hiking
1 day ago

A very nice hike that should be something most everyone in the family can do. The first 1/2 mile is a bit of elevation but after that it is just gradual. Some very beautiful views, the waterfall half way up is a nice place for a quick break. Go early as trail gets busier as the day goes on. Not a hard hike , just has some distance, the lake with the icebergs in it is very beautiful with the Mountain backdrop. If your looking for a hike with great views, not too hard this one would be one to try.

hiking
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.

hiking
snow
1 day ago

Hiked all the way to the end at the glacier on 7/11/19. As others are posting, had to cross snow fields, which if you take time and have hiking poles, makes it much easier. We took the wrong path just before the picnic area at a switch back that we missed. Family of mountain goats we had to move over to let pass on the way back down which was great! Also a large moose below the waterfall area. One of the best hikes we have ever done.

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.

Best views of Glacier from above the Road to the Sun. Inclines were mainly gradual. Worst part was the last four miles going downhill after the Chalet, and that was because my feet were tired and the views weren’t as expansive.

hiking
2 days ago

I did a portion of this trail on Sunday, July 14, 2019, from the Cutbank trailhead to Triple Divide Pass and back, 7.3 miles each way for a total of about 14.6 miles. The first 4 miles or so is level and fairly easy. The next mile starts the gradual incline, and then at mile 5 or so the steeper incline began. It was not as steep as it looked on the app and did not seem to get steeper as it went on, but it was easier than it would have been otherwise since the temperature was cool and there were intermittent clouds but no rain. There was not much wind and there was no snow or slippery spots, but if there had been it would have been better to hike a lower elevation trail. When we reached the pass we saw marmots and pikas, and as we were leaving we saw around ten mountain goats walking together on the trail about three miles down the trail on the other side of the pass. The hike back down went quickly and we saw no bear or moose, but another hiker said he encountered a black bear toward the Cutbank trailhead, about 1/2 mile from the trailhead. He whistled it off and it ran away, but he and his hiking partner decided to end their hike.

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bugs
2 days ago

mozzies everywhere, just dont stop for too long perfect views all around bit of wildlife here and there, heavily trafficked after 11am flip flops ok for those inclined and skilled enough, but it's long! the 1 degree water will give you hypothermia even on a warm day so be careful!

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
2 days ago

An excellent trail that really makes you feel like you're out there! Not too many views but an awesome couple of remote lakes! Much of the trek is through dence brush so 2 things I highly recommend to make this trip much more enjoyable, rain pants & tall boots as much of it is very muddy as well. Did see a grizzly using the trail ahead of me so caution is necessary n the dence areas. Seen only three other groups on my 4 days out here & had logging lake all to myself on a Saturday! Great 1st backpack in the park

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.

hiking
bugs
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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