On the west side of Glacier National Park, Lake McDonald Valley is the hub of activity. Once occupied by massive glaciers that carved this area thousands of years ago, the valley is now filled with spectacular sights, hiking trails, various plant and animal species, historic chalets, and the great McDonald Lodge Lake.
A lesser known trail runs along the west shore of Lake McDonald, giving unique views of Lake McDonald. It is possible to take the trail in either direction, the trickiest part is to find transportation at either end. The trail begins in lush forests in an area called Kelly Camp from the north end. You come across the burned area of 2003 quickly, as the trail often serves as the border between burned and unburned forest. This part of the trail gives you almost the whole way to views of Lake McDonald. Approximately two miles into the journey, you're going to walk in exclusively burnt areas, which is great for nature and wildlife views but in the summer months makes for a hot walk.
The trail continues along the lake's shore until it gets back to trees. This coincides with the Nature Trail of the Rocky Point, which offers a wooded trail with even more views of Lake McDonald and Apgar. From here, your journey can end either at the Fish Creek Campground or at the Inside North Fork Road parking spaces, located across a quaint bridge across Fish Creek. Trailhead: Turn onto North McDonald Road at the head of Lake McDonald and follow it across the bridge until you reach the end of the road where the trail starts.
Maximum Temprature: 22 C
Clouds: clear sky
sunrise: 2019-06-25 11:33:06
sunset: 2019-06-26 03:41:44