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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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A favorite spot

One of my favorite views within the Glacier National Park. Give yourself time for photos, and playing a little bit along the banks.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2015
Campingmat
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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51 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

One of my favorite views within the Glacier National Park. Give yourself time for photos, and playing a little bit along the banks.

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Thank Campingmat
Seattle, Washington
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47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Incredible creek. Stop at all the overlooks and walk on the short trails. Go around to the other side of the creek at the head of Lake McDonald and walk to the falls.

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Thank Deguida
Houston, Texas
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49 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Nice lookout on GTTSR just after McDonald Lake. Water was clear and may be one can spot goats on other side of the creek, who come there to lick minerals.

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Thank Kevin V
Sioux Falls, SD
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77 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

Short hike that's fairly easy, a few ups & downs, but anyone who walks well should be able to hike this trail. Beautiful rocks & waterfalls through a thick forest. Be sure to continue onto The Johns Lake Trail, but don't use the horse talks, look for the hiking trail instead.

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Thank Peg H
Del Rio, Texas
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73 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

We took the North Macdonald Lake Road and hiked the Macdonald creek trail. We parked just past the little bridge on the right and it said Johns Lake Trail so we were confused. Just head into the woods and stay to the right-you can hear the creek. The horse trail goes through the woods and then over to the creek.... More 

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3 Thank DonnaQu
Houston, Texas
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

We have been to the park 3 times now. Twice in June and the falls and creeks are more spectacular than in July. But in July, Logan pass hikes are open. Both times of the year have their advantages. The creek and falls at McDonald are my happy place, second only to the view from highland trail.

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3 Thank Natalie m
Durango
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94 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We did a little hike on John's Lake and then did the McDonald Creek trail. The trail is easy and beautiful! lots of places to get really close to the creek and take some awesome pics. so refreshing and beautiful!

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2 Thank Susan S
San Francisco, California
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182 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Loved the flow of the creek and color of the water. Spend some time on the creek and wade through the water. Pleasures of life!

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1 Thank Shreyk21
Tallahassee, Florida
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38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This beautiful "creek" (looks like a river where I come from) runs into Lake McDonald. At certain points in the creek there are crystal clear pools of turquoise water - looks Caribbean not Glacial! Beautiful - great place to see wildlife too... we saw deer swim across the creek and walk around in front of us, also saw a baby... More 

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2 Thank krismb12
New York City, New York
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47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Lovely creek in sensational setting. Beautiful colored rocks on the bottom so need water shoes. Also being a glacial lake it is very cold- but so refreshing- on a hot hot late June day. View and access to stunning Lake Mc Donald from the creek

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