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McDonald Creek

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Address: Glacier National Park, MT
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Too small for boating, this river provides an excellent place for hiking.

Too small for boating, this river provides an excellent place for hiking.

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Johns Lake Trail

I walked this trail in late October 2016, and parts of it again in late March 2017 (walked up Going-To-The-Sun Road from the road closure gate at Lake McDonald Lodge area). It’s... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Kalispell, Montana
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Kalispell, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I walked this trail in late October 2016, and parts of it again in late March 2017 (walked up Going-To-The-Sun Road from the road closure gate at Lake McDonald Lodge area). It’s a picturesque short hike that takes you past lower McDonald Falls, and the cascade area. This might be a good choice for an easier first day hike in... More 

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Sioux City, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The road follows this creek for quite a ways providing a number of opportunities to get out and enjoy the scenery. There are some trails along the creek banks and we saw some people fly fishing and splashing around in the water in spite of how fast it moves in places.

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Sicklerville, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I had a vision in my head of where I would want to fly fish and take a photo of me doing so. I couldn't have asked for a better location. Crystal clear running water, wonderful rock formations, green and snow-capped mountains, made this spot ideal. I didn't catch any fish, but I will have this vision forever in my... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

The waters are shaded blue and white, the pools are stunning in colour. The trees and waterfalls make this a very easy hike from numerous parking spots. Take your camera, there are some excellent photo opportunities on the way.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The parking area from the Apgar Visitor Center to the horse stables provides a parking area to then take a short walk to the bridge crossing McDonald Creek. The mountain views are wonderful, even during the summer when there is little or no snow visible on the peaks. Definitely suggest the walk on a sunny day.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Pull over, along the Creeks Valley, stay near the water, close your eyes and listen to the voices of nature. An incredible spot to stay awhile and take many pictures

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Mena, AR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We went to one of the pull offs for the McDonald Creek Cascades. There are two observation desks just above the cascades. The water was crystal clear and you could really feel the power of it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

It's great to sit next to the river and just listen to it... Might as well take a few pictures while you are at it!

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Mukilteo, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

McDonald creek runs pararell to the Road-to-the-Sun and there are many pullouts where you can stop and take pictures. Look for a flat place where the creek is not so rough and take a dip, it is cold but refreshing. Take the time to pull over and view or take the trail from McDonald lake which is a 4 mile... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

It's easy to reach the creek from Going to the Sun Road, so you will have several opportunities to pull over and take an easy walk down to its banks. Felt great on the day we were there as the temp was 85. The rushing waters of McDonald Creek are just beautiful; just like everything within Glacier National Park.

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