Mcdonald Creek Cutoff

Glacier National Park, Montana

Elevation Gain151ft
Trailhead Elevation3,266ft
Elevation Min/Max3230/3299ft
Elevation Start/End3266/3266ft

Mcdonald Creek Cutoff

Mcdonald Creek Cutoff is a hiking trail in Flathead County, Montana. It is within Glacier National Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 3,266 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 151 feet. This trail connects with the following: Upper Mcdonald Creek.

Mcdonald Creek Cutoff Professional Reviews and Guides

"Thousands of Glacier Park visitors see McDonald Falls and Sacred Dancing Cascade from the roadside overlooks, but the experience is much better if you visit them along the footpath on the opposite side of the stream.

The hike takes you through wet cedar and hemlock temperate rainforest to the jagged cliffs along McDonald Creek. These famous cascades are joined by a classic Glacier backdrop of steep mountains and pointed peaks."

"This short hike follows a fragment of the old packers’ trail that ran up the McDonald Creek Valley before Going-tothe- Sun Road was built. Here McDonald Creek is guarded by the low walls of a distinctive little gorge; its aquamarine waters flow down as rushing waterfalls and quiet runs. Part of the trail is used for trail rides originating at Lake McDonald Lodge, so be prepared to meet horses along the way. The hike is particularly striking in the silence of early winter, when massive icicles hang from the walls of the gorge."

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Trail Information

Glacier National Park
Nearby City
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, Park Headquarters, PO Box 128, West Glacier, MT 59936; (406) 888-7800;
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 22, C5; USGS Quad Mount Cannon
Local Maps

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Aug 2018