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McDonald Creek

Glacier National Park, MT
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Type: Bodies of Water
Description: Too small for boating, this river provides an excellent place for hiking.
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108 reviews 108 reviews
39 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

In the spring the creek is usually wild and at flood stage from the snow melt. Summer the creek is average and flowing nicely, and in fall there is even less water in the creek. You can take a nice hike along the creek and see the creek from overlooks, easy hike from the parking area.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Easy walk from parking area especially if its later in the day it's not do crowded. Waterfall is beautiful, creek is pretty blue, and you can see dippers, the birds, darting in and out all around! Great place to cool your toes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is easy access from road and once at the bridge you have a great view of the cascading water flowing under the bridge. You can carefully walk down below the bridge and get some nice pictures of the cascades under it. Limited parking. Hint: Look down from the road to the blue pool and you will be amazed at... More

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Whitefish, Montana
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

I love this place. Timing is important if you want to see it at it's best. Late spring/easrly summer when the snow melt runoff is at it's peak is the best. The water can really be forceful and spectacular to see. It settles down a lot as the summer goes on. Well worth pulling off the road and the short... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Stop and take a look at this fast flowing creek. for a real treat make sure you stop at the pulloff halfway between the end of lake Mcdonald and the walk of the cedars. Their is a hiking path that goes down and then onto a bridge across the creek. you want this bridge. Now walk to the middle of... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

We did a 2 hour trail ride that left from the McDonald lodge area and followed along McDONALD creek. Very pretty ride through dense forest which opens up along the creek. Good ride for inexperienced riders.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

In early July 2012, we stopped at several pullout's to photograph McDonald Creek. I still smile thinking about how it's officially called a "creek"! Perhaps that's the case in late summer or fall. Anyhow, it's an amazing waterway filled with tranquil meandering sections, roaring rapids, falls, and churning water in the most beautiful shades of aqua, blue, and white. After... More

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Belmont, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Having taken this hike in June 2012 after a very wet spring, we're still laughing about the label "Creek" on what we saw as an impressive torrent with a series of truly awesome cascades. This would be a pretty, easily accessible hike at any time of year. We feel especially fortunate to have seen it on a pretty day in... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

The scenery along the McDonald Creek is quite spectacular and includes falls and rapids. The pull outs provide good areas to view the creek and enjoy the water rushing past. At the time that we visited in mid June the rocks and areas off the main pathway were very damp and slippery so we stayed on the path - a... More

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Kalispell, Montana
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

Use the pull outs, and get out of your car to walk down to viewing areas and feel the cool spray and the negative ions it produces. Never, Never leave the trail. It is treacherous!

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