Johns Lake Loop – Glacier National Park – Hiking Montana

 

Johns Lake Loop is a hiking trail gem through lush forest with river, lake and mountain views.

 

 

The Johns Lake Loop trail-head is located 1½ miles (2.4 KM) east of Lake McDonald Lodge on Going-to-the-Sun RoadJohns Lake is named for ‘Dutch’ John Elsner, a homesteader who owned a claim above Lake McDonald.  The loop is about 3 miles (4.8 KM) long and begins through lush, old-growth forest of hemlock and cedar emerging from a floor of moss and ferns.

 

Johns Lake Loop – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA Johns Lake Loop – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

 

Net elevation differential is 30 ft (9 m) so it is a pleasant walk nearly anyone can do on well signed, grand trail weaving through large trees, dead-fall and large, glacially-deposited rocks.  The hike is an effort-worthy ½ mile to the swampy lakeshore where tiny Johns Lake offers still-water reflections of Stanton Mountain and Mount Vaught punctuated by lily pads along the shoreline.  Johns Lake is a very beautiful and peaceful place.

 

Johns Lake Loop – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA Johns Lake Loop – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA Johns Lake Loop – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

 

The trail continues around the small lake and back to a crossing past Going-to-the-Sun Road.  Trail on the other side leads to a bridge over McDonald Creek and a sweeping view of the Sacred Dancing Cascade.  The flat, cascading waterfall derives its name from an old Kootenai phrase meaning ‘a place for dancing’.

 

Johns Lake Loop – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

 

Slab rock bordering McDonald Creek channels crystal-clear water through aquamarine pools and over shallow rock staircases.  The idyllic river walk under the sun offers the ultimate in nature’s ability to promote relaxation.

 

Johns Lake Loop – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA Johns Lake Loop – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA Johns Lake Loop – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA Johns Lake Loop – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA Johns Lake Loop – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA Johns Lake Loop – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA Johns Lake Loop – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA Johns Lake Loop – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

 

This gentle walk is an ideal precursor to lunch in the Fireside Dining Room at Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.

 

 

 

 

Categories: 

Tags: 

Add new comment