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Johns Lake

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Trail

0.3 mile 0.5 kilometer point to point
93% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 78' 24 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 3,345' 1,020 m
Low: 3,268' 996 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Jake Bramante

A run through tall cedars from a whitewater creek to a pocket lake.

Jake Bramante

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Waterfall

Bring bear spray.

Runner Notes

Great trail run.

Description

This short trail takes you from the bridge over McDonald Creek where it looks at Sacred Dancing Cascade and heads up into the dark forest. This is the furthest inland Pacific rainforest composed of cedars, hemlock and covered in moss. This forest is beautiful with a high canopy and wanders to the shores of the quiet pocket lake frequented by waterfowl.

This trail is often started at the Johns Lake Loop Trailhead, then paired with the Upper McDonald Creek Trail.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to run.

Flora & Fauna

Trillium and violets in early spring gives way to calypso orchids in early summer. Various waterfowl frequent Johns Lake while harlequin ducks and american dippers are frequently seen on McDonald Creek.

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#18

in Lake McDonald

#16900

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#18

in Lake McDonald

#334

in Montana

#16,900

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Photos

Bridge over the river.
May 16, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT
Glacier Runoff - Glacier National Park, MT, USA
Jan 22, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT
McDonald Creek Bridge
Jan 22, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT
Johns Lake.
May 13, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT
The view while crossing McDonald Creek.
Jan 22, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT

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