Johns Lake Loop - Glacier National Park
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 2.4 miles round trip
  • Travel Time: 1 to 2 hours
  • Elevation: 100 foot gain and loss
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The Johns Lake Loop is a popular easy family friendly hike in Glacier National Park.  The Main trailhead is the Johns Lake trailhead on the Going-to-the-Sun Road about 1.5 mile past the Lake McDonald Lodge.  There's limited parking at the trailhead, so you can start this hike at several other locations. 

The trail makes it way through a Cedar and Hemlock forest.  At the first junction go left following the signs .9 miles to Johns Lake.  The Lake is a small lake surrounded by forest.  A connecting trail runs from the north end of the lake towards Avalanche Lake, avoid it in favor of the wider trail heading to the Going-to-the-Sun Road.  At the road cross the crosswalk to one of the parking areas for the Sacred Dancing Cascades.  This is another option for where to start the loop.

From this parking lot decend the stairs to the bridge crossing McDonald Creek just below one of the cascades.  The trail then stays close to the creek.  There is one junction with a horse trail that heads away from the creek, stay to the left.  About .1 miles below the juction you'll come to McDonald Falls.

To complete the loop, the trail emerges onto the North Shore Road.  Follow the road back across McDonald Creek to the Going-to-the-Sun Road.  Once there you can hike along the road or follow a short trail back to the Johns Lake Trailhead.

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