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 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
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 – 9:00 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.
9:00 am – 11:30 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.
11:30 am – 12:30 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.
12:30 – 2:30 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.
Meeting Notes: Guests should call our office the day prior to departure to check in: 406-387-5555. The day of the trip please arrive at our office by 7:45 AM. We are located 1.5 miles west of West Glacier on U.S. Highway 2. Look for our Glacier Guides and Montana Raft sign on the north side of the highway between mile marker 151 and 152. Our property is just off the highway, tucked in the trees. When you see our sign turn to the north and you will see us shortly thereafter. Detailed directions and maps are available here.