Monday morning hike with guide Brianna and another couple was great! Eight a.m. start put us on the trail ahead of the crowds, allowed us to enjoy the forest and each other. Nice pace with lots of photo stops, delicious sandwiches (made by Brianna!) at Avalanche Lake around noon, spectacular view of mountains and glacier, easy walk back, mule deer, small critters, back at hotel by three p.m. Could have done the hike on our own, but much more fun to be able to exhaust Brianna questions about flora, fauna, geology, and anything else we could think of… Well worth the cost. Bring a small pack to carry lunch and water. Would love to do a rafting trip. Have fun! -CD

Sacred Dancing Cascade McDonald Creek NPS Photo

Sacred Dancing Cascade on McDonald Creek / NPS Photo

Introduction to Glacier Trip Details

This easy hike in Glacier is a great introduction to the park and the perfect place to learn about forest ecology and glaciation.

Difficulty: Our Monday trip is the best easy hike in Glacier!

Easy – Moderate, 4.5 miles, 730 feet elevation gain

Dates: Mondays from June through September

Trip Duration: Approximately 6 hours

Price Adult: $120.00
Price Child: $120.00 Minimum Age: 10
Additional Fees: $20 for single Glacier National Park entrance fee ($35 for family — see entrance fee details here. Purchase your pass in advance here.)

Reservations required in advance.

Let’s Go For an Easy Hike in Glacier National Park

We will hike in the Lake McDonald Valley, on trails like the Avalanche Lake trail (740 feet elevation gain), Trail of the Cedars, McDonald Creek, John’s Lake, or Lake McDonald trails. Generally, we will walk about 5 miles roundtrip on this easy hike in Glacier.

Times are approximate.

7:45 am – 8:45 am: Meet your guide at our West Glacier office at 7:45 am. Your guide will do a quick orientation, check over your gear for the day, and go over last minute details. We will drive the first section of the iconic Going to the Sun Road en route to the trailhead.

8:45 am – 10:45 am: If we are hiking to Avalanche Lake, we will begin on The Trail of the Cedars and then on to Avalanche Gorge. This easy hike in Glacier meanders through an ancient cedar forest. Many of the trees are 400 to 600 years old! Our guides are passionate and encyclopedic about Glacier National Park — no matter your level of hiking experience, we promise they’ll teach you something new.

10:45 am – 12:00 pm: We’ll relax and enjoy a hearty and homemade trail lunch. Our trail lunches are largely locally and organically sourced, and generally  include homemade cookies, fresh fruit and vegetables, chips, and your choice of a turkey, ham, roast beef, or veggie sandwich. Our in house kitchen can accommodate nearly any dietary restriction or preference – just ask! While we eat, we’ll look for moose or bear along the far shore.

12:00 – 1:45 pm: We return along the same route, while your guide answers any questions that you might have about the park. You’ll end the day knowing more about Glacier National Park than you ever expected.

2:30 pm: Typically, we return to the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft office no later than 2:30 PM. Want to join the 3:15pm rafting trip? Dinner, too? Let us know!

More Introduction to Glacier Info

Reservations required in advance. This trail can be very busy during the middle of the summer.

What should I bring? Click here for our packing list for day trips. If you forget something, don’t worry – we have a great Gear & Gift shop!

Meeting Notes: Guests are welcome to check in with us the day prior to departure: 406-387-5555 or info@glacierguides.com. The day of the trip please arrive at our office by 7:45 AM. Click on directions for how to find us.

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