Explore the most popular lake trails near Essex with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

8 days ago

Good day hike to do with the dog. First mile was rough but it was easy after that initial incline. Lots of fallen trees to crawl under, and the water was really high so there were limited spaces to sit by the water.

Very beautiful and fun little hike with a gorgeous lake. One of our family favorites!

This area burned in the summer of 2017. The chalet burned down, but they are going to restore it over the summer of 2018. check in with the park service to check about deadfall burnt trees and trail conditions

Late August- We went really early and walked all the way around the lake. There were some people there but it was still fairly empty. When we headed back we saw tons of people going up. We did see bear prints in the mud on the far side of the lake which was cool.

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Fun Easy late afternoon hike

27 days ago

The snow is about 3- 4' deep at this time. A friend and I snowshoed up with my two Labs. The lake is still frozen. The first part of the trail is a steep uphill grind but it levels off, sidehills for a distance and then drops into the lake. Nice hike. Its about two and a half mile round trip according to the Hiking guide of Montana which I would agree with. Great Northern and Grant Ridge which you can see from the foot of the lake are gorgeous.

One of the first hikes we did in the NW and we were hooked after that. Hiking through old cedar, often next to a raging river, only to be rewarded with a beautiful crystal clear lake surrounded by mountains.

Beautiful hike through the old growth cedars along the creek, ending at a glacial lake with great waterfalls and thick plant life everywhere!

cross country skiing
2 months ago

a long yet if your up for the 14 mile hike and XC skiing well worth it hike! amazing views from the start to finish! We thought we would be the only people up there, but there was about 6 other people behind us. make sure to start early, it took us about 12 hours, because of the road being closed 5 miles before the trail!!!

First hike I completed in the park and the view you are rewarded with at the end is well worth it. Be sure to carry bear spray, even though it is a very popular hike and almost always crowded during tourist season you still have a chance at seeing a bear.

3 months ago

We headed up to the lake via Lake McDonald Lodge. Lovely hike in the trees to the lake. Crossed the bridge and hiked along the river. Such a beautiful trail and views. Only saw one other group.

A short and easy hike through the woods with a spectacular lake framed with mountains at the end and a nice stream with small waterfalls at the beginning. The chipmunks and golden-mantled ground squirrels by the lake are so used to human presence, you can observe them from closer up than anywhere else I've ever been.
If you have a half-afternoon free and happen to be in the area, this hike is an absolute must! Just expect parking to be somewhat difficult at peak season, as the hike is very popular.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike.

Nice shady moderate hike for our last day in Glacier after being beat up from all the other hikes of our trip. The lake is so pretty and the falls into it are breathtaking.

make sure you go on a clear day or you will be disappointed. the view at the end is fantastic

one of the best hikes in my life!!

Busy trail, but the lake at the end is worth it!

Nice and somewhat easy hike! It was extremely busy but that did not stop us from enjoying it. Once we hit Avalanche Lake we took a little break, dipped our toes in the water and enjoyed the beautiful scenery!

Easy hike with great views on the beginning and end of the trail! Avalanche Lake is well worth it!

Great hike, fast and easy. Lake was gorgeous. Fishing was slow but successful.

Nice, easy trail to some really cool views. If you can go in the fall, it's quieter with less people.

easy trail, dusty and very overused. beautiful destination hike.

Very well maintained trail with some fantastic waterfall views. The uphill stretches are not too bad and I would recommend this trail for all skill levels. Views at the lake are unreal! I would suggest finding a parking spot early as it fills up pretty quick.

Did this Beautiful hike yesterday! I would not rate it as a Difficult hike...it is however a longer one..took about 7 hours to go over the pass and end up over in Many Glacier. We stopped a few times just to take in the beauty, and eat of course. Would Highly reccomend to anyone to do the same. Just make sure you have enough time to catch the shuttle back or plan ahead and have two vehicles. I think I would do it a little earlier in the season next time...later July or early August just to see all the wild flowers in bloom. Still an amazing hike and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Did not see any bears but did come face on with a huge bull moose right off the trail near then end around Josephine Lake:)

Lots of variety...big cedars, waterfall, rushing stream, beautiful tranquil lake. Enjoyed this hike with our family. Good "training" hike before trying difficult hikes. Spend some time by the lake and by the falls. Beautiful.

Bit crowded, but that's because it's a very accessible hike with some beautiful scenery. Highly recommended

this hike was fantastic. bonus points we were there to begin hike at 8 am and the trail was completely ours which contrasts greatly to highlune hikers. fantastic meadows keep you cool in shade for over half the 4.6 miles out. great views emerge on the last 2 miles which has you on a easy trek to see glaciers and snow pack up close. saw a big family of mountain goats. as you go a little past the piegan another awesome valley gives you another great valley and at the connection of the one valley to the next this great cooling breeze was again outstanding bonus points. saw people only when we turned to go back to siyeh bend where we started

I did piegan pass and siyeh pass in the same day. 14 miles total. Parked at Siyeh bend and started there. I highly recommend getting both hikes in this way. Views are incredible! I liked the piegan view a tiny bit more, but it's possible that's bc half of the view at Siyeh was blocked by forest fire smoke. Hike to Siyeh was significantly more challenging than the ascension to piegan. Thought they'd both be very hard, but that wasn't the case. This is a solid hike and I recommend it.

stunning. I have done this trail many times and it's always gorgeous. the gorge at the start is incredible, as well as the walk through the old trees on the boardwalk.

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