Johns Lake Loop Trail
A very easy but frequently muddy trail
- Johns Lake Loop
horse/hiker bridge replaced fall of 2007
3.0 miles elevation gain 160 feet
Johns Lake 0.5 miles
No Shuttle Service
In Montana anything that holds water is called a lake!
Study map first as trail signs are confusing on this trail
This trailhead is the junction for multiple trails!
Lake McDonald Lodge 1.5 miles (right instead of left)
Avalanche Campground 4.4 miles stay on this side of GTSR
Avalanche Lake Trailhead 4.4 miles stay on this side of GTSR
The Johns Lake Loop Trail is missing some critical signs.
Unless you are familiar with this trail bring the free GNP Trail Map with you.
Caution the Loop portion of this trail crosses GTSR at a marked cross walk then follows a short distance up GTSR were it takes an 180 degree turn down to the the horse bridge across McDonald Creek. There is no trail sign.
After you cross McDonald Creek take a left, again no trail sign the trail then follows along McDonald Creek until it intersects with a paved road. Once again take a left onto the paved road and recross over McDonald Creek this road then dead ends at GTSR. John's Loop Trailhead is a short distance to the right on GTSR.
The forest floor is mainly limited to moss except were a downed tree creates a break in the forest canopy. This break is quickly filled with young trees. On the east side of the trail is a mixed forest with large number of young cedar trees.
Horses have right of way on the bridge. Harlequin Ducks frequent the rapid waters around the bridge in late spring.