The 5 Best Family Hikes in Glacier National Park

Ditch the roads and your car to find more solitude

The John’s Lake Trail in Glacier National Park. All photos are by the author.

1. Trail of the Cedars and Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake

2. Hidden Lake Overlook

Hidden Lake

3. Saint Mary Falls and Virginia Falls

The Saint Mary Falls Trailhead is located about 10 miles from the Saint Mary entrance to Glacier National Park. There is a shuttle stop and limited parking at the trailhead.

Saint Mary Falls
Virginia Falls

4. Redrock Falls

Redrock Falls is located two miles along the Swiftcurrent Trail (4-miles round-trip), which is located in the Many Glacier Area of Glacier National Park. Sights along the way include Fishercarp Lake and Redrock Lake. The falls occur as Redrock Creek navigates bedrock shelves and large boulders.

Redrock Falls
Redrock Lake

5. John’s Lake Trail

Sacred Dancing Cascade


Even if you have little kids, or have other mobility limitations, don’t let it stop you from getting away from the roads to experience what Glacier National Park has to offer. There are so many places where you can get away from the road just a little to be and feel completely surrounded by pristine landscapes. Use the trails and destinations in this article as a starting place to plan adventures that your family will remember for a lifetime.

Husband, father, outdoorsman, scientist.

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