From the Flathead Beacon…
HIKING DISTANCE: 8.6 MI. ROUND TRIP
ELEVATION GAIN: 2,229 FT.
A rewarding day hike located surprisingly close to Glacier National Park’s west entrance boasts waterfalls, wildlife and craggy ranges.
Snyder Lake is accessed via the Sperry Trailhead, located directly across the road from the Lake McDonald Lodge.
Follow the Sperry Trail for 1.8 miles until you reach a fork.
Turn left onto the Snyder Lake Trail.
The trail meanders alongside Snyder Creek and provides glimpses of Lake McDonald as you ascend to Snyder Lake.
The trail ends at Lower Snyder Lake. Upper Snyder Lake can be accessed only by venturing off trail.
There are several backountry campsites if you wish to spend the night.
Check their availability at the National Park Service web site at www.nps.gov.
How to get there:
Enter Glacier National Park from the west entrance.
Turn right on the Going-to-the-Sun Road and travel until you reach Lake McDonald Lodge on the left. Park at the lodge.
The trailhead is directly across the road from the lodge.