Upper McDonald Creek Trail

Glacier National Park

Glacier + Northern Lewis Range, Montana

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Upper McDonald Creek Trail


  • Trailhead for Upper McDonald Creek.- Upper McDonald Creek Trail
  • The trail to the falls is wide and easy.- Upper McDonald Creek Trail
  • The forest along the creek is lovely.- Upper McDonald Creek Trail
  • The creek has beautiful vertical walls in spots.- Upper McDonald Creek Trail
  • McDonald Falls.- Upper McDonald Creek Trail
  • It is a short walk down to the base of the falls.- Upper McDonald Creek Trail
  • McDonald Falls.- Upper McDonald Creek Trail
  • Upper McDonald Creek.- Upper McDonald Creek Trail
  • Upper McDonald Creek with Mount Brown in the distance.- Upper McDonald Creek Trail
Overview + Weather
Very flat and easy. Waterfall. Nice creek views.
Glacier + Northern Lewis Range, MT
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
90.00 ft (27.43 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,170.00 ft (966.22 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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Upper McDonald Creek Trail is a lovely hike along a rushing stream with occasional views of the surrounding mountains of Glacier National Park. There is a nice waterfall just a short way from the trailhead for those who don’t want to do the full hike, but the entire route is very easy and scenic.

Starting from a parking area along the road to the Lake McDonald Ranger Station, the trail meanders through deep forest for about a third of a mile to the beautiful McDonald Falls. From here the trail continues along the creek to the footbridge, where there is a popular swimming area. Taking the footbridge to the southeast side of the creek forms the John’s Lake Loop, but continuing along the northwest side of the creek for another three-quarters of a mile (until the trail leaves the creek) is actually a nicer hike and much less crowded.

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