Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
30.00 ft (9.14 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
0.70 mi (1.13 km)
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The short and mostly-flat trail to McDonald Falls is a great family-friendly hike in Glacier National Park, and it provides some great views. The trail to the falls is the first short segment of the Upper McDonald Creek Trail, which forms a part of the Johns Lake Loop and the longer hike up McDonald Creek. The creekside environment is delightful and offers nice views of the distant mountains and the interesting rock formations that line the creek.

Starting from the parking area along the road to the McDonald Lake ranger station, the trail is wide and fairly accessible for most of the way to the falls. There are many spots to look out over the creek and find an isolated spot to sit and watch the creek. Once you reach the falls, it is an easy scramble down to a few overlooks with views up and down the creek. Above the falls, McDonald Creek follows close along the route of Going-to-the-Sun Road all the way up nearly to the Continental Divide.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall
Spring

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Open Year-round

No

Pros

Short, easy hike. Beautiful small falls.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

3,170.00 ft (966.22 m)

Highest point

3,200.00 ft (975.36 m)

Net Elevation Gain

30.00 ft (9.14 m)

Features

Wildflowers
Big vistas
Geologically significant
Waterfalls
Family friendly
ADA accessible
Near lake or river

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

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