Lake Mcdonald Trail

Glacier National Park, Montana

Distance6.9mi
Elevation Gain2,452ft
Trailhead Elevation3,256ft
Top3,309ft
Elevation Min/Max3159/3309ft
Elevation Start/End3256/3256ft

Lake Mcdonald Trail

Lake Mcdonald Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Flathead County, Montana. It is within Glacier National Park. It is 6.9 miles long and begins at 3,256 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,452 feet. The Rocky Point Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There is also a parking. The Bench #3 and Bench #6 informations and the McDonald Lake Campground camp site can be seen along the trail. There are also restrooms along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Rocky Point and Rocky Point Nature Trail.

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Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A day hike along the northwest shore of Lake McDonald from the Fish Creek Campground to the head of the lake. This relatively obscure and lightly traveled trail follows the roadless northwestern shore of Lake McDonald. Most of the trail is within forest that burned in a hot fire in 2003, with frequent views through the charred snags of the surrounding mountain scenery. Hikers seeking a shorter trip can start at the south end and visit Rocky Point (1.6 miles round-trip), or start from the north end of the trail and hike to the Lake McDonald backcountry camp (4.4 miles round-trip). After crossing a bridge over Fern Creek, the trail runs through a young forest of lodgepole pine underlain by bear grass." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Glacier and Waterton National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"This relatively obscure and lightly traveled trail follows the roadless northwestern shore of Lake McDonald. Most of the trail is within forest that burned in a hot fire in 2003, with frequent views through the charred snags of the surrounding mountain scenery. Options: Hikers seeking a shorter trip can start at the west end and visit Rocky Point (1.6 miles roundtrip), or start from the eastern end of the trail and hike to the Lake McDonald backcountry camp (4.4 miles round-trip)." Read more

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9/7/2002
The snow cleared out of Glacier so late this year, that not many trails were open. This one was a pleasant surprise. It was not too tough, but it also really allowed us to get a feel for the wilderness we couldn''t reach. Lots of views of a beautiful lake, which we camped near, so we felt even more connected.
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8/24/2000
It was a beautiful forest hike that offers peeks at the lake, but not enough to really satisfy if water is what you are looking for. Nonetheless, you can get lost in your mind as you get lost on the trail and look at the trees and the natural surroundings. For 6.6 miles it can get a little bit long.
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Trail Information

Glacier National Park
Nearby City
Glacier National Park
Parks
Easy
Skill Level
Lake McDonald West
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Dec 2018