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Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
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Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Very flat and easy. Waterfall. Nice creek views.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

3,170.00 ft (966.22 m)

Net Elevation Gain

90.00 ft (27.43 m)

Features

Waterfalls
Old-growth forest
Wildflowers
Fishing

Location

Field Guide

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