Fish Lake Trail Glacier National Park ~ a slow hiker's guide™

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Fish Lake Trail

Lake McDonald Trail Map

The Sperry Chalet trailhead that leads to this trail is one of the few that is open to car traffic all year. Fish Lake Trail is a stub trail off of the Sperry Chalet Trail. The Fish Lake Trail is straight up after crossing the Cyrstal Ford Bridge. At this point it is just under a mile to Fish Lake.

This trail saw more activity during the summers of 2008 and 2011, as so many of the higher altitude trails were still snow covered until August, then it normally does during average snow years.

2.9 miles elevation gain 1,000 feet.
Moderate hike

A slow hikers guide™ to Glacier National Park Wildflowers
Available on iBooks wildflower book cover

A slow hiker's guide™ to Glacier National Park Wildflowers

Whitefish Pilot article on my Wildflower Guide.


When you get to the lake there is no view other then the lake and surrounding forest, unless you wade over to the far shore. I use this as a conditioning hike in late spring. There are NO views on this trail, but there usually is an abundance of peace and quite, old growth forests, plus lots of small creek crossings after leaving the shared trail. During early summer this should be a good location for low elevation wildflowers. The earliest wildflowers bloom just after the snow melts. Note: Most of the wildflowers will be just after going up from Cyrstal Ford not at Fish Lake. The only time this trails experiences a large influx of hikers is when the Going To The Sun Road closes unexpectedly!

Fish Lake as seen from Mount Brown Lookout! If your intrested in quite forest hikes without views of the surrounding mountains then this trail a good choice.


fish lake from mount brown lookout


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