Snyder Ridge

Glacier National Park, Montana

Elevation Gain7,785ft
Trailhead Elevation3,180ft
Elevation Min/Max3180/4806ft
Elevation Start/End3180/3180ft

Snyder Ridge

Snyder Ridge is a hiking trail in Flathead County, Montana. It is within Glacier National Park. It is 10.7 miles long and begins at 3,180 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 21.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,785 feet. This trail connects with the following: Gunsight Pass and Lincoln Lake.

Snyder Ridge Professional Reviews and Guides

"Families enjoy this walk, 4.4 miles each way, passing through thick timber and past huckleberry bushes to Snyder Lake. At the lake, large flat rocks provide the perfect spot for picnics below towering, snow-encrusted cliffs, where waterfalls spray down from the skirts of the Little Matterhorn and Edwards Mountain, filling the lake for the westslope cutthroat."

"A day hike or short backpack from Snyder Creek trailhead to Snyder Lakes, 4.4 miles (7 km) one- way. This trail provides a nice medium- distance day hike or short backpack from Lake McDonald Lodge. From the trailhead the hiker moves through tall cedars into a higher forest of Douglas fir and larch. The trail follows Snyder Creek eastward. At mile 1.8 the Snyder Lake Trail turns northeast, following Snyder Creek, while the main trail crosses the creek and continues southeastward to Sprague Creek.

The Snyder Lakes Trail winds upward gently, through boggy openings, mountain ash thickets, and stands of Douglas fir and subalpine fir. Early in the year this section of the trail can be quite muddy; waterproof boots are a must. After 2.5 miles the trail reaches a campground at the outlet of Snyder Lake."

Snyder Ridge Reviews

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The first 1.8 miles are steep but shady. After turning the corner to go up to Snyder lakes the trail levels off and the last 2.6 miles are quite easy. The scenery gets better too as the forest gives way to ferns and smaller plants which reveal the gigantic peaks all around the trail. I did the hike in mid August and didn't find the bugs to be bad at all, in fact I didn't even need bug repellent. Oh also, there weren't very many people on the trail going to Snyder lake which is a nice change from the main trail.
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This is a great hike. It starts in a very forested section-big trees-lots of shade and as the elevation gains, the vegetation changes to flowers. we did not see a lot of wild life-one mule deer looking for a "hand out". Great small stream crossings. when we got to the top, the lake is very quiet-lots of places to sit and think. Nice hike. My 13 year old did it. It is up hill all the way for the 4.4 miles.
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A beautiful and perfect hike for a moderate hiker. The climb is absolutely breathtaking, especially as you near the Snyder Lakes. At the beginning, the trail gradually climbs alongside a creek far below. A short stop along the way will provide a perfect picture of Lake McDonald. After about 1.8 miles at an "intersection" , you turn left to continue to the Snyder Lakes. The moderate climb definitely sooths the mind and soul, as it was very secluded. A huge rock landslide suddenly appears, as its magesty was breathtaking. Suddenly, the lower Snyder Lake appears, and it's inhabitance of cutthroat trout is immediately evident. This trail was a perfect day hike, and I highly recommend it.
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I met a group on their way out of this trail, begging for insect repellent and advising us to turn back. My wife and I always finish a trail once started, so we continued on, thru tall ferns and an enormous talus slope. On it's own Snyder lakes are alright, but I'd save my energy for the more rewarding trails like Avalanche, and Swiffcurrent to Grinnell Lake/Glacier. If you do go, do not forget the insect repellent!

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Trail Information

Glacier National Park
Nearby City
Glacier National Park
Skill Level
Lake McDonald West, Lake McDonald East, Mount Cannon
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Nov 2018