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McDonald Creek Ski Trails

Gentle terrain, generally ample snow, and easy access to wonderful winter scenery make this the most popular skiing area in the park. Follow the Going-to-the-Sun Road about 10 miles up the lake, past Lake McDonald Lodge to the road closure and the parking area.

Sacred Dancing Cascade
2 miles round trip

Ski up the unplowed road from the closure to the foot bridge across McDonald Creek. Turn left at the junction just across the creek and ski downstream along the west bank of the creek. The trail leaves the forest on the Lake McDonald Ranger Station Road where it is a short ski east to the closure.

Lake McDonald Ranger Station Road
Mileage varies

This trail starts with a gentle ski across the bridge over McDonald Creek and continues through the forest beyond with occasional views of the lake.

Avalanche Picnic Area
8 miles round trip

The route up the Going-to-the-Sun Road offers easy skiing and good views of the cedar/hemlock forest, McDonald Creek, and the mountains surrounding the McDonald Valley. Avalanche Picnic Area is a good destination. Longer trips up the road are possible. The forested valley trails, especially along Sacred Dancing Cascade, are also popular. Snow conditions may be variable under the tree canopy. Avalanche Lake is a popular destination with some steep narrow sections that can be difficult to ski up or down, especially when icy. The Trail of the Cedars is generally not good skiing.

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