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181 mi 292 km of trail 4 Runs

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Gems in Lake McDonald - 4

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gem Favorite One of many iconic red cedars along the way.

Glacier Cedar Forest

(18) Red Roc…, MT
gem Favorite Camping on the beach at Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Lake McDonald Lodge

(15) Red Roc…, MT
gem Favorite A view of the shore by Rocky Point

Rocky Point

(11) Apgar, MT
gem Favorite Bird Woman Falls in the evening.

Bird Woman Falls

(7) Red Roc…, MT

Runs in Lake McDonald - 4

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Favorite Amazing sunny day at Avalanche Lake with all of the falls flowing.
Intermediate

Avalanche Lake via Trail of the Cedars

6.2 mi 9.9 km • Loop • 616 ft Ascent 187.82 m Ascent

(162) Red Roc…, MT
Favorite Last sight of Lake McDonald on the way down the Highline Trail
Intermediate

Highline to The Loop

11.7 mi 18.8 km • Point to Point • 1,183 ft Ascent 360.66 m Ascent

(69) Red Roc…, MT
Favorite The sun rising over Gunsight Lake on a chilly morning.
Difficult

Gunsight Pass

20.2 mi 32.5 km • Point to Point • 3,711 ft Ascent 1131.26 m Ascent

(13) Rising Sun, MT
Favorite Star trails over Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Montana.
Difficult

Mount Brown Lookout

10.3 mi 16.6 km • Loop • 4,203 ft Ascent 1281.08 m Ascent

(10) Red Roc…, MT

Trails in Lake McDonald - 35

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2.6 mi 4.2 km #1Hidden Lake
Intermediate
Red Rock Point, MT
Intermediate
2.6 mi 4.2 km Red Rock Point, MT 30 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #2Trail of the Cedars
Easy
Red Rock Point, MT
Easy
0.9 mi 1.4 km Red Rock Point, MT 24 
3.6 mi 5.9 km #3Apgar Lookout
Intermediate
West Glacier, MT
Intermediate
3.6 mi 5.9 km West Glacier, MT 21 
3.3 mi 5.3 km #4Sperry Glacier
Difficult
Red Rock Point, MT
Difficult
3.3 mi 5.3 km Red Rock Point, MT
19.0 mi 30.7 km #5Gunsight Pass Trail
Difficult
Rising Sun, MT
Difficult
19.0 mi 30.7 km Rising Sun, MT
2.7 mi 4.3 km #6Upper McDonald Creek
Easy
Red Rock Point, MT
Easy
2.7 mi 4.3 km Red Rock Point, MT
5.9 mi 9.5 km #7Huckleberry Lookout Trail
Intermediate
Apgar, MT
Intermediate
5.9 mi 9.5 km Apgar, MT
18.0 mi 29.0 km #8South Boundary
Intermediate
West Glacier, MT
Intermediate
18.0 mi 29.0 km West Glacier, MT
8.4 mi 13.6 km #9Avalanche Trail
Intermediate
Red Rock Point, MT
Intermediate
8.4 mi 13.6 km Red Rock Point, MT 13 
12.0 mi 19.3 km #10Flattop Mountain
Intermediate
Red Rock Point, MT
Intermediate
12.0 mi 19.3 km Red Rock Point, MT
1.0 mi 1.6 km #11Rocky Point Trail
Intermediate
Apgar, MT
Intermediate
1.0 mi 1.6 km Apgar, MT
3.4 mi 5.5 km #12Mt Brown Trail
Difficult
Red Rock Point, MT
Difficult
3.4 mi 5.5 km Red Rock Point, MT
0.7 mi 1.1 km #13McDonald Creek Cutoff
Easy
Red Rock Point, MT
Easy
0.7 mi 1.1 km Red Rock Point, MT
7.2 mi 11.6 km #14Camas Creek Trail
Intermediate
Apgar, MT
Intermediate
7.2 mi 11.6 km Apgar, MT
10.7 mi 17.3 km #15West Lakes Trail
Difficult
Red Rock Point, MT
Difficult
10.7 mi 17.3 km Red Rock Point, MT
2.7 mi 4.3 km #16Snyder Lake Trail
Intermediate
Red Rock Point, MT
Intermediate
2.7 mi 4.3 km Red Rock Point, MT
4.1 mi 6.6 km #17The Loop Trail
Difficult
Red Rock Point, MT
Difficult
4.1 mi 6.6 km Red Rock Point, MT
8.3 mi 13.4 km #18Lincoln Lake
Difficult
Apgar, MT
Difficult
8.3 mi 13.4 km Apgar, MT
0.3 mi 0.5 km #19Johns Lake
Easy
Red Rock Point, MT
Easy
0.3 mi 0.5 km Red Rock Point, MT
1.7 mi 2.7 km #20Apgar Bike Trail
Easy
West Glacier, MT
Easy
1.7 mi 2.7 km West Glacier, MT

Photos of Lake McDonald - 130

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Hidden Lake
Dec 30, 2018 near Red Roc…, MT
View of Hidden Lake taken from the lookout at the top of the trail.
Oct 1, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT
Lake McDonald
Apr 1, 2020 near Apgar, MT
Looking at the Continental Divide from the trail from Granite Park Chalet on the way to the Loop.
Jan 31, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT
Amazing sunny day at Avalanche Lake with all of the falls flowing.
Jul 14, 2018 near Red Roc…, MT
Beautiful river provides beautiful views on the Going to the Sun Road.
Nov 5, 2015 near Red Roc…, MT
Marmot enjoying a snack
Aug 5, 2017 near Red Roc…, MT
Looking up the McDonald Creek drainage across Lake McDonald from the Lake McDonald campground.
Jun 13, 2016 near Apgar, MT

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