Lake McDonald Trail

EASY 11 reviews
#28 of 105 trails in

Lake McDonald Trail is a 13.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Essex, Montana that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
13.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1637 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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hiking
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hiking
10 months ago

Sunday, August 30, 2015

walking
Thursday, July 09, 2015

hiking
Monday, June 23, 2014

Beautiful short hike that begins on the west side of Lake McDonald. The trail goes through a previous burn area providing new growth for many types of wild flowers. The trail on the Trout Lake side has been buried in avalanche debris fields in a couple of areas. Outstanding view of the lake and surrounding mountains.

hiking
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Beautiful. Gr8 starter hike!

hiking
Saturday, May 12, 2012

One of the most beautiful and serene lakes I have ever seen!

nature trips
Thursday, March 08, 2012

hiked the southern end of the Lake McDonald, lake was real calm but very cold due to the amount of snow still around.