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Glacier Park - Johns Lake Loop Trail

3 miles round trip
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Fantastic and easy day hike. The climb is minimal and mostly in the forest.
Drive east passed McDonald lodge 1.3 miles, the trailhead will be marked John' Lake .05 miles. Trailhead is on the opposite side of the road as the lodge with parking for about 8 cars. The trail first leads you through the forest .05 miles to John's Lake.
The Lake is small and completely surrounded by forest. The shoreline is boggy and hard to get down to the waters edge. There are several places to get close enough to the shore for pictures and a view. If lucky you might see moose feeding or loons hunting in the lake. And if fishing is your thing, hiking in with a float tube would be the way.
The shoreline is surrounded by water lilies with two large mountain peaks on the opposite side completing the perfect scene.
Traveling on along the trail for .05 miles takes you past the trail leading up to Avalanche Lake. Staying left on John's trail takes you back through the forest to the Going to the Sun road. Across the road you can take a break at the falls (known to some as the dancing cascade falls). Beautiful views and several places to sit and relax, enjoying the serene sounds of falling water.

Bridge at Sacred Dancing Falls

Cross the bridge at this point and follow the trail to the left. You will travel along the creek all the way back, passing by McDonald falls and walking high on the cliff side. After passing the falls here you will travel back to the car by hiking through the forest of cedar and hemlock.
After a short distance you will come across a paved road leading to the ranger station to the right, turning left you will cross a bridge. This is a popular place to see and talk with those taking the trip on horseback.
After crossing the bridge look for the trail again off to the right. This will lead you back to the cars and keep you from having to hike on the Going to the Sun road.


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To watch a video of McDonald Falls, Glacier National Park Guide.

John's Lake Trail written by Verna.




Glacier National Park is located in the northwest corner of Montana, just north of Columbia Falls. The park encompasses more than one million acres and is home to grizzly bear, moose, elk, along with 63 varieties of wild mammals. While most of the roads in Glacier National Park are closed off during the winter, this provides miles and miles of tracks for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Visitors are seldom around in the dead of winter, so the muffled hush of the snow covered woods is especially enticing and serene.

A ski or snowshoe trip along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which is one of the most scenic roads in North America, is a great option, according to park rangers. The road is closed to cars from September or October until snowmelt, usually in June. Several short hiking trails branch off from the road, which would be excellent for snowshoeing or skiing in the winter season.

 Once you have your gear, head up to Glacier National Park for an exciting adventure. Guided snowshoe trips are available, led by a park naturalist, and are highly recommended. If you are looking for an informative tour, snowshoeing is an easy way to explore the winter wonderland of this unique park. Snowshoeing will provide even the novice an effortless activity so your senses are more in tune with your environment and your guide's knowledge on the history, wildlife, geology, and biology of this precious ecosystem.

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