Explore the most popular Walking 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
17 hours ago

Pretty good views for a small climb and an overall easy hike. We completed the trail in about 3 hours with a 10 year old. The suspension bridge was fixed and the waterfall was gorgeous! There were some buggy and overgrown parts though so I recommend bug spray and long pants.

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.

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.

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.

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).

hiking
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

Wow, what can I say?! This is an incredible hike! Not only is the destination totally worth the almost 10 miles round-trip, but the scenery along the way makes it a must do. The hike is totally doable for most ages, as we saw both kids and an older crowd on the trail. If I could give one piece of advice, try to get to the lake around noon-1:00 (we hiked in July) and if it’s a sunny day - the sun hits the lake making it a beautiful ice blue. The wildflowers were peaking at this time, and we even saw a moose and her calf alongside the trail!

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.

Moderate trail through the forest. Plenty of shade in a hot day but pretty views of Lake McDonald made it very enjoyable.

easy with chance to see a bear in the late afternoons

Pleasant trail which brings you to a series of rock outcrops jutting into Lake Mcdonald. There was a fair number of people on this trail. But the views of the lake with the glaciers in the mountains on the other side are worth the hike.

hiking
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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