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Apgar Area Ski Trails

The routes described in this area begin at two parking locations:

  • the concession horse barn, reached by taking the first left off the Going-to-the-Sun Road, past the West Entrance Station, and

  • the road closure gate just beyond the McDonald Creek Bridge on the Camas Road.

Lower McDonald Creek
2 to 3 miles to the meadow

The trail begins just south of the McDonald Creek Bridge. The best access is the rather straight summer bike/foot path. This entire area is a good place to explore on your own. The gentle terrain along lower McDonald Creek provides an easy ski through the forest with side trips along the creek.

Rocky Point
6 miles round trip
Follow the same route as MeGee Meadow until .2 miles north of the Fish Creek Campground. Take the McDonald Lake Trail on the right, just before the gate on the road. The trail winds down a short hill but the route is fairly level for the most part. Ski left at the first trail junction then right at the next one shortly thereafter. The forest opens as you approach Rocky Point, where there are beautiful views up and down Lake McDonald.

Apgar Lookout
101 to 2 miles round trip

Park at the plowed area in front of the barn and follow the left fork of the unplowed road across the Quarter Circle Bridge Take the right fork and follow the road .5 mile until the actual Apgar Lookout trailhead is reached. After an easy start the trail steepens and climbing skins may be necessary for the trip if conditions are icy. The views are great from the lookout but this trail may be very difficult for beginning skiers.

McGee Meadow Loop
111 to 2 miles round trip

Take the right fork of the road at the closure and ski past the houses until the road turns to a trail. The trail soon joins the road to Fish Creek Campground and the Inside North Fork Road. Bear left past the campground. The improved road soon turns to a narrow climbing gravel road. From this point it is 3 miles to the first meadow. Continue over the crest of the hill to an orange marker identifying the trail to McGee Meadow. Ski along the northern edge of the meadow until you see the opening for the car pullout to the west on the Camas Road. After a couple of short uphill sections, the route descends to the road closure. This trip can be done in either direction, but going up the open Camas Road Hill is more tedious.

Information provided by the National Park Service.

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