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181 mi 292 km of trail 4 Recommended Routes

Gems 4 Gems Easy Trails 16 Trails Intermediate Trails 14 Trails Hard Trails 9 Trails

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Gems in Lake McDonald - 4

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gem Favorite One of many iconic red cedars along the way.

Glacier Cedar Forest

(20) Red Roc…, MT
gem Favorite Camping on the beach at Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Lake McDonald Lodge

(17) Red Roc…, MT
gem Favorite A view of the shore by Rocky Point

Rocky Point

(12) Apgar, MT
gem Favorite Bird Woman Falls in the evening.

Bird Woman Falls

(8) Red Roc…, MT

Recommended Routes in Lake McDonald - 4

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Favorite Amazing sunny day at Avalanche Lake with all of the falls flowing.
Intermediate

Avalanche Lake via Trail of the Cedars

6.2 mi 9.9 km 616' Up 187.82 m Up 616' Down 187.75 m Down

Red Roc…, MT
Favorite Looking at the Continental Divide from the trail from Granite Park Chalet on the way to the Loop.
Intermediate/Difficult

Highline to The Loop

11.7 mi 18.8 km 1,183' Up 360.66 m Up 3,554' Down 1083.33 m Down

Red Roc…, MT
Favorite Looking at Gunsight Lake from Gunsight Pass
Difficult

Gunsight Pass

20.2 mi 32.5 km 3,711' Up 1131.26 m Up 5,733' Down 1747.3 m Down

Rising Sun, MT
Favorite Star trails over Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Montana.
Difficult

Mount Brown Lookout

10.3 mi 16.6 km 4,203' Up 1281.08 m Up 4,203' Down 1281 m Down

Red Roc…, MT

Trails in Lake McDonald - 35

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2.6 mi 4.2 km #1Hidden Lake
Intermediate
Red Rock Point, MT
Intermediate
Red Rock Point, MT 32 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #2Trail of the Cedars
Easy
Red Rock Point, MT
Easy
Red Rock Point, MT 29 
3.6 mi 5.9 km #3Apgar Lookout
Intermediate/Difficult
West Glacier, MT
Intermediate/Difficult
West Glacier, MT 26 
3.3 mi 5.3 km #4Sperry Glacier
Difficult
Red Rock Point, MT
Difficult
Red Rock Point, MT
19.0 mi 30.7 km #5Gunsight Pass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Rising Sun, MT
Intermediate/Difficult
Rising Sun, MT
8.4 mi 13.6 km #6Avalanche Trail
Intermediate
Red Rock Point, MT
Intermediate
Red Rock Point, MT 17 
5.9 mi 9.5 km #7Huckleberry Lookout Trail
Intermediate
Apgar, MT
Intermediate
Apgar, MT
2.7 mi 4.3 km #8Upper McDonald Creek
Easy
Red Rock Point, MT
Easy
Red Rock Point, MT
18.0 mi 29.0 km #9South Boundary
Intermediate
West Glacier, MT
Intermediate
West Glacier, MT
1.0 mi 1.6 km #10Rocky Point Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Apgar, MT
Easy/Intermediate
Apgar, MT
12.0 mi 19.3 km #11Flattop Mountain
Intermediate
Red Rock Point, MT
Intermediate
Red Rock Point, MT
3.4 mi 5.5 km #12Mt Brown Trail
Difficult
Red Rock Point, MT
Difficult
Red Rock Point, MT
0.7 mi 1.1 km #13McDonald Creek Cutoff
Easy/Intermediate
Red Rock Point, MT
Easy/Intermediate
Red Rock Point, MT
10.7 mi 17.3 km #14West Lakes Trail
Difficult
Red Rock Point, MT
Difficult
Red Rock Point, MT
4.1 mi 6.6 km #15The Loop Trail
Difficult
Red Rock Point, MT
Difficult
Red Rock Point, MT
8.3 mi 13.4 km #16Lincoln Lake
Difficult
Apgar, MT
Difficult
Apgar, MT
0.3 mi 0.5 km #17Johns Lake
Easy
Red Rock Point, MT
Easy
Red Rock Point, MT
1.7 mi 2.7 km #18Apgar Bike Trail
Easy
West Glacier, MT
Easy
West Glacier, MT
2.7 mi 4.3 km #19Snyder Lake Trail
Intermediate
Red Rock Point, MT
Intermediate
Red Rock Point, MT
7.2 mi 11.6 km #20Camas Creek Trail
Intermediate
Apgar, MT
Intermediate
Apgar, MT

Photos of Lake McDonald - 131

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Hidden Lake
Dec 30, 2018 near Red Roc…, MT
View of Hidden Lake taken from the lookout at the top of the trail.
Oct 1, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT
Lake McDonald
Apr 1, 2020 near Apgar, MT
Looking at the Continental Divide from the trail from Granite Park Chalet on the way to the Loop.
Jan 31, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT
Amazing sunny day at Avalanche Lake with all of the falls flowing.
Jul 14, 2018 near Red Roc…, MT
Beautiful river provides beautiful views on the Going to the Sun Road.
Nov 5, 2015 near Red Roc…, MT
Marmot enjoying a snack
Aug 5, 2017 near Red Roc…, MT
Looking up the McDonald Creek drainage across Lake McDonald from the Lake McDonald campground.
Jun 13, 2016 near Apgar, MT