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Best trails in Lake Mc Donald

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Looking for a great trail near Lake Mc Donald, Montana? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, wild flowers trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Glacier National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park or Lawrence Park. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 3 hard trails in Lake Mc Donald ranging from 11.4 to 27.1 miles and from 3,228 to 7,713 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Lake Mc Donald
Top trails (7)
#1 - Avalanche Lake via the Trail of the Cedars
Glacier National Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
NOTE: Parts and all of this trail can be closed due to Grizzly bear activity during the summer months. Please exercise caution and visit the park page before planning your trip. On a busy weekend, be prepared to park elsewhere and walk to the trailhead, as the park officials may be limiting parking. Please check with the park for more information. Also this trail may be closed periodically because of bears. Start south of Avalanche Gorge Footbridge on Trail of Cedars; gradual climb through old growth cedars and hemlock forest along roaring stream to glacial melt lake fed by waterfalls from the surrounding bowl, wildlife - deer, bear. May be accessible if Going to Sun road is closed. Adjacent to Avalanche campground area. Avalanche campground in located in one of the most popular sections of Glacier National Park west of the Continental Divide. The campground is situated within old growth cedar and hemlock trees, keeping the area cool during the summer months. The campground accommodate tent and RV campers, however only 50 sites will accommodate vehicle lengths up to 26 feet. Potable water is accessible in the campground, and restroom facilities are equipped with flush toilets and sinks with running water. Bring your hiking boots and binoculars if you are staying at Avalanche Campground. Two popular day hikes, Trail of the Cedars, and Avalanche Lake, afford visitors spectacular scenery and glimpses of birds and wildlife that inhabit the area. Plant enthuisiasts will appreciate the diverse species of flora.Show more
#2 - Trail of the Cedars
Glacier National Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 21 m
Most people proceed along this loop starting with the eastern side. This trail can be done in tandem with Avalanche Trail. However, Avalanche trail may periodically be closed because of bears. Accessibility: This trail is a combination of boardwalk and paved sections, is mostly flat with a max grade of 5%, and is typically at least three feet wide.Show more
#3 - Grinnell Overlook via Granite Park Trail
Glacier National Park
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 7 h 6 m
Note: Parts and all of this trail can be closed due to Grizzly bear activity during the summer months. Please exercise caution and visit the park page before planning your trip. This trail seriously has everything - gorgeous wooded areas, steep and narrow climbs, huge meadows with wildflowers and deer and friendly marmots, ridiculously incredible views the entire way. Turn right at the granite park chalet when you see the closed sign if you want to get to the actual overlook! Please climb carefully to the top of the rocks if you want an almost 360 degree view! Hike through a mostly unshaded and sparse water trail. Great views though especially if you go all the way to the glacier overlook. Definitely worth the work.Show more
#4 - Johns Lake Loop
Glacier National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 53 m
#5 - Sperry Chalet Trail
Glacier National Park
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Length: 11.9 mi • Est. 7 h 10 m
#6 - Granite Park Trail
Glacier National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 5 h 2 m
This hike offers beautiful views of the valley and mountains. Easily done as a day in/out hike. There are also signs at every junction to point you in the right direction.Show more
#7 - Granite Park to Flattop Mountain Trail
Glacier National Park
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Length: 27.1 mi • Est. Multi-day