Rocky Point Trail Glacier National Park ~ a slow hiker's guide™

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Rocky Point Trail

Rocky Point Trail is one of the easiest view trails in Glacier National Park. In the spring it is also a good wildflower trail. However it is not a flat trail there are rolling hills with elevation gains and losses of around 300 feet. If you start the trail from the gravel pit on the Inner North Fork Road. If you start the trail from Fish Creek Campground then the elevation gain is/ loss is 84 feet.

The Inner North Fork Road is closed, again, from Fish Creek to Logging Lake Ranger Station.
This stretch of the Inner North Fork Road is closed more often then it is open.
Be aware that frequently the only way to determine if the road is open is to drive to Fish Creek Campground and check for yourself.

Mount Brown

OK Make sure you look for this trail sign
If you started this trail on the Inner North Fork Road take the right branch.
If you started this trail in Fish Creek Campground take the left fork.

Traill signs with yellow tape spiraling down the posts mean that LOTS of people take the wrong fork.

rocky sign

The Inner North Fork Road is closed, again, from Fish Creek to Logging Lake Ranger Station.
This stretch of the Inner North Fork Road is closed more often then it is open.
Be aware that frequently the only way to determine if the road is open is to drive to Fish Creek Campground and check for yourself.


Rocky Point Trail is a easy hike with nice views at Rocky Point of Mount Brown and Edwards Mountain across Lake McDonald. Getting to the Trailhead for Rocky Point is a little tricky. At the 'T' intersection north of the west entrance to Glacier Park take a left on Camus Road. Cross the outflow from Lake McDonald onto Camus Road. As you go up the hill look for signs on the right for Fish Creek Campground, turn right onto Fish Creek Campground Road and stay to the left. You will come to a divided section of the road, there is a small building on your right and in front of you is the entrance to Fish Creek Campground. Circle back towards were you were coming from and immediately turn right onto the dirt road known as the (Inner) North Fork Road. From this point it is one half mile to the trailhead parking area. You will come to a gravel pit on your left, pull into the parking area in front of the gravel piles and park. The trailhead is in the right hand side of the road just before you entered the opening for the gravel pit.

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Rocky Point Trail meanders through the woods and descends to Fish Creek then after crossing Fish Creek ascends up the hill towards the shore of Lake McDonald. As of May 15, 2012 bluebell is starting to bloom not much else.
Last year as of 6/20/11 bear grass was starting to bloom along the trail. As of 6/27/11 Maripos ~ calochortus apricultus is blooming. The Rocky Point Trail then intersects the Lake McDonald Trail coming from Fish Creek Campground the two trails travel together for awhile. After leaving Rocky Point the combined trails go uphill for a short ways. The Lake McDonald Trail goes downhill along the shore of Lake McDonald, while the Rocky Point Trail loops back to were you first met up with the Lake McDonald Trail. After looping back take the trail to the right back towards the Inner North Fork Road. The Rocky Point Trail forks to the right JUST AFTER the two photo displays about the Roberts Fire. The major trail sign at the point is yellow flagged! If you continue straight you will end up in the Fish Creek Campground! I will add some more trail sign pics a a small map as this trail can be a bit confusing. On the way in the trail signs call the trail the Rocky Point Nature Trail when you are returning follow the signs to the Inner North Fork Road.

trailhead sign rocky point trailhead mcdonald sign

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