Upper Lake McDonald Cross Country Ski Trail - Glacier National Park

Gentle terrain, generally ample snow, and easy access to wonderful winter scenery make this the most popular skiing area in the park. From West Glacier, follow the Going-to-the-Sun Road for eight miles along Lake McDonald, to Lake McDonald Lodge, where the winter road closure and parking area are located.

McDonald Falls

4 miles round trip

Ski up the unplowed road 1.8 miles. Turn left and ski a short distance to the bridge over McDonald Creek for a view of McDonald Falls.

Sacred Dancing Cascade

5.3 miles round trip

Follow the route to McDonald Falls. Just across the bridge, turn right. Ski upstream one mile along the west bank of McDonald Creek. Cross the foot bridge over the creek. Turn right and follow the unplowed road back to Lake McDonald Lodge.

Avalanche Picnic Area

11.6 miles round trip

The route up the Going-to-the-Sun Road offers easy skiing and good views of McDonald Creek and the mountains surrounding the McDonald Valley. Avalanche Picnic Area is a good destination. Longer trips up the road are possible. The forested valley trails, especially along Sacred Dancing Cascade, are also popular. Snow conditions may be variable under the trees. Avalanche Lake is a popular destination with some steep narrow sections that can be difficult to ski up or down, especially when icy. The Trail of the Cedars is generally not good skiing.


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Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing