Explore the most popular walking 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Very nice trail condition. Beautiful cirque around the lake. Quite a few brown pine trees around lake and surrounding area, maybe 30%. Beetle kill? Or, residual damage from the fire that swept through the valley years ago? Not sure. From hikers coming down, we were told there was a mama grizzly and her 3 cubs walking casually on the trail toward the lake. Most hikers turned back. We forged ahead, but carefully! Bummed we missed (from a distance) the bears but we took all precautions to ensure we were heard and that we would not surprise them. On a Saturday, we were surprised by the number of available parking spots at the McDonald Lake hotel. After your hike grab dinner in the hotel (lodge). It was really good, the lamb shank was great!

hiking
3 days ago

easy and beautiful hike. very relaxing walk through the old growth cedars

hiking
8 days ago

Still very beautiful in the burned woods. First 1.5 miles were a bit hard on the lungs with the switchbacks but it eventually evens out. Wear sunscreen and a hat and bring lots of water!

A nice walk through a red cedar forest. It is quite a busy place even after 6pm!! If you are after solitude, this is not a place for it. Still a nice walk and nice scenery to boot

Hiked 7/2. Tough but very rewarding hike. Hiked with wife and 14yr old son up from McDonald Lodge in about 2:45. Due to fire lot of open views of area throughout hike. Saw few goats at the top. Was very windy and cold so only few minutes up top. Total hike time little over 5hrs as descent was tough especially near bottom. Highly recommend!!!

hiking
9 days ago

We hiked on 7/5/2018. This is the greatest hike for day hikers in the park!
1. Route: I started from the Logan pass, took the garden trail/ highline trail, detoured at the 7 mile to Grinnell glacier overlook (out & back), passed by the Granite Park Chalet, and ended up at the trail head of the loop. (I did not take highline trail back to Logan pass. )
2.Great view: you will pass snow, bushes, water falls, pine forest, meadows and creeks.
3. Location of the detour to Grinnell Glacier overlook: The overlook is 7 miles from Logan pass down and 4 miles with 2k elevation gain from the trail head of the loop. The trail to the overlook is 0.6 mile one-way with elevation gain of 1000ft, very strenuous.
4. Gears: We did not use hiking poles but it is recommended if you want to go to the overlook. The road up to the overlook is steep and narrow.
5. Road conditions: some part of the trail was covered by snow and water.
6. Wear: most people end up short sleeves w/ long sleeves carried w them.
7. Water: bring at least 2L water per person.
8. Commute: if you take the shuttle from Apgar Village, you have to get off the shuttle at Avalanche Creek Shuttle Stop to transfer to small size shuttle to get to Logan pass. It took us TWO hours to commute by shuttle bus from Apgar village to Logan pass. The large shuttle takes about 23-24 people (leave 4 seats for people from other stops) and small shuttle takes 14-15 persons from Avalanche. I had to wait for the second shuttle for both locations.

walking
9 days ago

Easy trail but very relaxing with great views. It was so nice just to sit along the stream.

hiking
11 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.

Beautiful hike along a creek the whole way. Steep at first but then just a gradual climb. Burned areas coming back nicely. Snyder lake and waterfall well worth the climb. Encountered a young black bear on the return about 7:30 in the evening.

For such an easy trail, this one was so beautiful! Get there early to beat the crowds. Pretty early on in the trail, we had an encounter with a beautiful black bear that came to the creek for some water. He was within 20 yards and casually walked on, then ran across the trail. We also saw a deer in the distance. This truly is a beautiful little stroll through a lush ecosystem.

hiking
17 days ago

Lots to learn and great for a quick jaunt. We were expecting something less paved and more nature-y, which is the reason for the 3 stars. Good for elderly, children, and those who are less athletic!

Great hike!!

hiking
20 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
21 days ago

Looked like a neat easy path but only got to do a little bit of it as closed for construction.

hiking
23 days ago

good hike total down pour beautiful scenery

Most of this trail was closed down for my visit hopefully construction will finish up for my next trip.

24 days ago

6/20/2018 This trial taught me the importance of always double checking with the ranger station on trail status. We hiked the brutal uphill and got about 4.5 miles in when we found a posting stating the remainder of the trail was closed due to high bear activity. Always check! The beginning of the trail was brutal for about the first 2-2.5 miles. HIGHLY suggest you have hiking poles. Some of the trail is overgrown, but it is pretty easy to spot the trail for the most part. After about 2 miles you hit a burnt forest, so make sure you bring sunscreen and a hat. The trail is pretty isolated so you will definitely want to bring your bear spray along. I hope I can get back one day and finish the hike, of course checking with the rangers this time!

25 days ago

Harder hike for sure. Some of the trail is over grown but has berries to eat along the way. Take the bear spray on this one. The lake and waterfall are beautiful. Worth the hike.

hiking
26 days ago

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

Hard but amazing!

Great day hike! Good views and wildlife sightings, saw deer and a bear with her 2 cubs.

Heed the warnings, this hike is tough, and now that the Sprague Fire has consumed most of the cover, if it's a sunny day it's going to be blistering hot. Highly recommend hiking poles and take lots of water. The views have opened up as well since the fire, so as tough as this hike is, it's worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy and beautiful, with particularly gorgeous views of Avalanche Creek.

hiking
1 month ago

The first mile and change was a lot of switchbacks, maybe 1000 feet gain in that distance. Be ready. The remainder was less consistently uphill, through burned areas, a scree field, and over lots of little creeks (little bit of mud). We did the whole hike - it’s 8.5 m round trip - in three and a half hours. Beautiful at the end. A good day hike. Bring bug spray.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail! Easy for all ages. Nicely kept boardwalks is a good portion of the hike. Awesome views of avalanche creek.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful forest, go early to beat the crowd. Hike to avalanche lake for a good day trip!

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a good trail with switchbacks. Some decent views

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!

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent trail for a late May hike when other trails are closed. The lake is not huge but it’s surrounded by mountains which form a small valley. Makes for great views. The sound of the stream while hiking is also very nice. We saw chipmunks and deer during the hike. They are not afraid of humans. A bear was spotted by other hikers in the morning.

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