By Amanda May
Lake McDonald is one of the best places to have some outdoor fun in Glacier National Park. There are many great hikes around the lake and in the surrounding scenic valley.
Read below for five CanadianRockies.net recommended hikes in the region, but before heading out on these hikes check in with a guide or park ranger for up-to-date information on trail closings, weather reports and wildlife tracking such as grizzly sightings.
This is a 6.4-mile hike (one way) and takes on a 3,500-foot elevation gain. Sure, it’s challenging, but it will get you to the Chalet, a classic Montana building in the wilderness of Glacier National Park and great views along the way!
This hike is another relatively tough one, at 4.2 miles long with 2,100 feet of elevation. Views of Lake McDonald and Heaven’s Peak!
This hike leads to a lookout for forest fires. It looks to the southwest part of Glacier National Park. The hike is 3.3 miles long and has an elevation rise of 1,900 feet.
This short hike is 1.1 miles long, perfect for families with children. It is located on the quieter side of Lake McDonald, with plenty of nice views and opportunities to see local wildlife.
Take this moderate hike around a pristine little lake in Glacier. The hike is 4.4 miles total.