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

This trail was good for doing with our children but overall I felt it was like a trail you could do in any forested area (but maybe I was just spoiled by some of the breath-taking from hikes earlier in the week)

hiking
14 days ago

The first couple miles you follow the ridge above The creek and have some nice vistas. Then, you enter a very boggy, muddy area ( it probably had more muddy spots than usual due to previous rains - we couldn’t have done this without pants, ankle boots and bug spray) with tall growth . We missed scratched in arrow to picnic area on sign and ended up at. Camp ground. Lake is beautiful and we heard elk bugling. Didn’t see one person until heading back. Definite ID of a fresh huge pile of bear shit had us a bit nervous and bear spray in hand! Total trip to was more than 5 Miles for sure. We had 12 Miles rdtrip but had to sidestep mud a lot!

good hike with kids. relatively flat and easy. gorgeous scenary which includes a forest and large lake.

hiking
24 days ago

My teen boys loved this hike. We spent a lot of time climbing on the rocks and taking in views from ledge. Great place to stop and take a break at the rocks edge. The inclines in a few spots were a little tough for me at times.

hiking
29 days ago

This trail was alright. A couple cool scenery spots to overlook the lake but otherwise kind of boring.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail with great look outs to Lake McDonald. Climbing the rocks gives great views of the beautiful water with snow-capped mountains behind it. Definitely worth seeing!

Nice short hike w some beautiful views of lake McDonald

hiking
8 months ago

Great short trail with plenty of great photo opportunities! Hiking or snowshoeing

Very remote and lots of burned areas but worth it to get away from everyone

hiking
11 months ago

We reached this trail right from the Fish Creek Campground where we were staying. Easy, quick hike, but we only did the loop/nature trail, which is less mileage. Great hike for a lazy day.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy to get to and moderately trafficked. I hiked it with my daughter and we got to enjoy fantastic swimming in pristine water to we off a hot day. Breathing views and inviting blue waters await.

hiking
11 months ago

This hike was nice and quiet, not many people on this side. Great view of the lake.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I love this trail. Perfect for kids, not to long and definitely not much vertical if you're only doing the loop. We had an 8, 6, 5, 4, And 3 year old in our group, all did just fine. Views are spectacular and plenty of little beaches at the base to play on if you're willing to walk down. A bonus to this trail is that most people aren't coming to this side of the lake, so you're sure to find parking and no crowds, though just enough people passing along to feel comfortable. great hike!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Great trail with kids. Nice creek with bridge, great view of the lake and continental divide at the end.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Loved this hike! Close for a day hike for locals and the view is amazing. We had lots of huckleberries to keep our energy up and the bear grass was in full bloom!

hiking
Friday, June 23, 2017

Fun hike but it is more like a mile long. My 9 year old lost his camera on the hike but otherwise it was great with nice views of Lake McDonald.

backpacking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Very beautiful, fairy easy trail. It's quite overgrown in certain areas but that's part of the experience. Laying out of the edge of the lake at night, looking at the stars with the sound of the loons was the best part.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Short hike but when we went in early June there was maybe 6 other people on it which was nice. There's a good amount of open space to hang out and enjoy the nice view with friends.

hiking
Thursday, May 04, 2017

We caught a break during the off season (late April) between some rain and hail and decided to give this Trail a shot with our two small children. The park ranger at the visitors center suggested this one. We loved it. It was just right to take small kids on and you get some pretty fantastic views of Lake McDonald along the way. The trail links up with several others so you could make this as big of a hike as you'd like. Oh we also got to see the raging waters of the streams coming down from all the melting snow and rain. Beautiful area that we'd enjoy returning to.

horseback riding
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

We have done this trail with our horses a few times. We park at a pull off of hwy 2 probably about 10 miles past West Glacier. From the parking area we cross the road, go down a RR Access road, over a RR tunnel and down to the river. Ride east up the shoreline until you find a safe place to cross. The river where we cross is usually just a bit above knee deep on the horses, but pretty fast moving and a bit stressful. Once across, we look for a little stream that heads back into the woods with a trail along it. This trail will take you to the main trail and past the Doody Cabin. Make sure you check Glacier's website for a trail status. We made the mistake of assuming it was clear one summer and spent our whole day cutting trees off the trail and never made it to the lake. Harrison is a beautiful lake and the backcountry campsite has a fire ring and hitching rails for the horses. I definitely recommend it for a late summer/fall full day trip.

camping
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Easy to navigate, somewhat overgrown in the early part of the season. Backcountry campsite is situated in a beautiful location with breathtaking views all around.

paddle sports
Monday, July 27, 2015

Overgrown trail, feels like bushwacking at times, unique re-growth forest hike. Great to see the Doody cabin, Erie and special. Lake is nice!!!

hiking
Monday, August 26, 2013

The trail I wanted to review isn't listed here, but this trail is closest. A few short miles down the road is a dirt road that leads to packers roost. The trail leads to a stream with great fishing, but I never got that far. About a mile in a Grizzly bear came across the path 45 yards ahead of me. At first I thought she was a young one, then I saw her two cubs. She probably weighed no more than 400 lbs. they ate some of the wild raspberries and then trotted off. I decided to turn around even though I did have bear spray since I couldn't see exactly where they went.

The trail itself was very easy and flat. It doubles as a horse trail so you need to watch for droppings. After the mile marker comes the part of the Forrest that was burned about 10 years ago and the undergrowth is pretty tall and thick. A bit unsettling after a grizzly sighting.

hiking
Thursday, August 08, 2013

An easy trail located near Fish Creek campground. Appropriate for all ages. Has minimal elevation gain and is shaded. Informational signs are posted along the trail, educating hikers about a fire that burned through the area in the early 2000s. Nice view of the lake at the point. Overall, easy to get to and quick to do.

Be aware: black bears are quite active in this area. Bring bear spray and make noise while hiking.

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