Lincoln Lake

Glacier National Park, Montana

Elevation Gain4,754ft
Trailhead Elevation3,215ft
Elevation Min/Max3215/4898ft
Elevation Start/End3215/3215ft

Lincoln Lake

Lincoln Lake is a hiking trail in Flathead County, Montana. It is within Glacier National Park. It is 8.3 miles long and begins at 3,215 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,754 feet. Along the trail there is a wetland. The trail ends near the Lincoln Lake camp site. This trail connects with the following: Lincoln Creek and Snyder Ridge.

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Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A long day hike or backpack from Lincoln Lake trailhead to Lincoln Lake, 8.0 miles (13 km) one- way. Lincoln Lake is a low- elevation cirque lake that sits at the foot of 1,344-foot Beaver Chief Falls, the longest drop in the park. It can be reached by an arduous hike over Snyder Ridge from the shores of Lake McDonald or by taking a longer, poorly maintained route up Lincoln Creek from the South Boundary Trail. Views along both routes are minimal until the lake is reached. The trail begins at a marked trailhead on the Going- to- the- Sun Road and wastes no time in climbing steeply and steadily up forested slopes to the crest of Snyder Ridge. The mossy understory of this forest is home to the pale- purple lady’s slipper orchid, which blooms in early summer. At the crest of the ridge, the trail crosses the Snyder Ridge fire trail and continues to rise gently on wooded benchland." Read more

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Hiked the first section of the trail to the top of Snyder Ridge - 1.7 miles. Although fairly steep in places it was not that difficult as it is a good trail. Very beautiful forest trail with blankets of moss covering deadfall. No views on this section but still worth the hike.

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Trail Information

Glacier National Park
Nearby City
Glacier National Park
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Additional Use
Lake McDonald West, Lake McDonald East
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Dec 2018