• Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    8.8 Miles

Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildlife

A relatively short hike to some beautiful alpine lakes close to West Glacier, Montana. 

Starting out at the Sperry Trailhead, adjacent to Lake McDonald Lodge, climb along the trail until you see the branch off to your left for Snyder Lakes.  Continue climbing through wooded trees with glimpses of the surrounding mountains until reaching the lower lake.  There is not much for a trail to the upper lake, but it's a relatively painless bushwhack. Catch a few fish, take a cold dive, or just bask in the glory of this beautiful basin.  Backcountry camping is permitted, but you must get your permit in advance from the Backcountry Ranger Station in Apgar.

Pack List

  • Rain shell
  • Fly rod
  • Swim trunks
  • Camera
  • Bear spray
  • Hammock
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Noah Couser Explorer

I'm a professional photographer living and working in Whitefish, Montana. I travel as much as I can with my beautiful wife Megan, and am always scheming a new adventure, or a new way to do an old trip. My passion is the outdoors, and getting people excited about recreating outside. By day, I teach PE and health at the local middle school, by night, I fight crime in a spandex jumpsuit... not really, but I do enjoy taking lots of pictures and working for cool outdoor companies when not at school throwing dodge balls at 8th graders.

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