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Overnight: Lake McDonald Lodge
After a warm breakfast at the lodge, shuttle to West Glacier.
Make a stop at the Goat Lick Crossing, which is much more exciting than it sounds. This exposed riverbank is a popular spot for mountain goats and other wildlife to come lick the mineral-laden cliffs.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery while also being able to see the great wildlife. Lunch will be followed by a leisurely hike on one of the Park’s most beautiful and popular trails.
The Hidden Lake Overlook trail offers views of the Garden Wall, an arête that separates the Many Glacier and Lake McDonald valleys, glacially sculpted valleys, and the park’s high peaks.
Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for hoary marmots, pikas, and wooly mountain goats!
Transfer to Lake McDonald Lodge, your home for the next two nights. Dine at the historic and intimate Belton Chalet Restaurant tonight.
About Lake McDonald Lodge
Lake McDonald Lodge opened its doors on June 14, 1914 and is a three-and-one-half-story structure built on the eastern shore of glaciated, picturesque Lake McDonald. In keeping in the era in which all of the rooms were built, they offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a kind, National Park lodging experience.
The floors of the lobby have incised messages in Kootenai (a local Native American dialect) that translates into phrases such as “welcome”, “new life to those who drink here”, “looking toward the mountain”, and “big feast”. The main lodge was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.