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McDonald Creek Cutoff

 4.0 (1)

0.7 Miles 1.1 Kilometers


97%

Runnable

36' 11 m

Ascent

-66' -20 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

3,298' 1,005 m

High

3,233' 986 m

Low

Shared By Jake Bramante

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A run through the old growth forest of the McDonald Creek drainage to the shores of the creek.

Jake Bramante

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · River/Creek · Spring

Bring bear spray.

Runner Notes

Great trail run, but yield for horses.

Description

This trail breaks off from the Avalanche Trail and continues the theme of old growth trees and a pleasant forest run. It gently works its way down to the Going-to-the-Sun Road where it crosses under in a beautiful underpass with great rock work. On the other side, the trail parallels the bubbling creek where it crosses the creek on a fantastic bridge and meets up with the Upper McDonald Creek Trail. This bridge has great views of Sacred Dancing Cascade.

This trail is used by the horse concessionaire, so can get a little smelly in summer. Be aware of them and yield to horses as they pass.

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

Older stands of trees feature cedar and hemlock with some younger stands that have more birds. Harlequin ducks, mergansers, and goldeneyes as well as American Dippers are frequently found in the creek.

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#11

in Lake McDonald

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in Lake McDonald

#241

in Montana

#10,406

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