Five Best Hikes: Lake McDonald Region of Glacier National Park


By Amanda May
Staff Writer

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.

Lake McDonald is the largest of Glacier's lake, at 10 miles long and 400 feet deep. (National Park Service)

Read below for five 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.

Sperry Chalet
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!

Trout Lake
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!

Apgar Lookout
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.

Rocky Point
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.

Snyder Lake
Take this moderate hike around a pristine little lake in Glacier. The hike is 4.4 miles total.

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