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McDonald Creek

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Address: Glacier National Park, MT
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Too small for boating, this river provides an excellent place for hiking.

Too small for boating, this river provides an excellent place for hiking.

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Hiked in winter as one of the only accessable parts without a bike. So beautiful the water id so clear and flowing fast in April.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lennox Head, Australia
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Lennox Head, Australia
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199 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hiked in winter as one of the only accessable parts without a bike. So beautiful the water id so clear and flowing fast in April.

Thank ClaireKing92
Kalispell, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I walked this trail in late October 2016, and parts of it again in late March 2017 (walked up Going-To-The-Sun Road from the road closure gate at Lake McDonald Lodge area). It’s a picturesque short hike that takes you past lower McDonald Falls, and the cascade area. This might be a good choice for an easier first day hike in... More 

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Sioux City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

The road follows this creek for quite a ways providing a number of opportunities to get out and enjoy the scenery. There are some trails along the creek banks and we saw some people fly fishing and splashing around in the water in spite of how fast it moves in places.

Thank jnobz
Sicklerville, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

I had a vision in my head of where I would want to fly fish and take a photo of me doing so. I couldn't have asked for a better location. Crystal clear running water, wonderful rock formations, green and snow-capped mountains, made this spot ideal. I didn't catch any fish, but I will have this vision forever in my... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

The waters are shaded blue and white, the pools are stunning in colour. The trees and waterfalls make this a very easy hike from numerous parking spots. Take your camera, there are some excellent photo opportunities on the way.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

The parking area from the Apgar Visitor Center to the horse stables provides a parking area to then take a short walk to the bridge crossing McDonald Creek. The mountain views are wonderful, even during the summer when there is little or no snow visible on the peaks. Definitely suggest the walk on a sunny day.

Thank DNvisitors
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Pull over, along the Creeks Valley, stay near the water, close your eyes and listen to the voices of nature. An incredible spot to stay awhile and take many pictures

Thank Perblat
Mena, AR
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We went to one of the pull offs for the McDonald Creek Cascades. There are two observation desks just above the cascades. The water was crystal clear and you could really feel the power of it.

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Reviewed 17 September 2016

It's great to sit next to the river and just listen to it... Might as well take a few pictures while you are at it!

Thank bohemianparrothead
Mukilteo, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

McDonald creek runs pararell to the Road-to-the-Sun and there are many pullouts where you can stop and take pictures. Look for a flat place where the creek is not so rough and take a dip, it is cold but refreshing. Take the time to pull over and view or take the trail from McDonald lake which is a 4 mile... More 

Thank mukilteomike44

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