RUNNING USA

Skagit state wildlife recreation area

Just a short run

Google Maps parking location with toilets
GPS route tracked with our Garmin watch

FAVORITE SCORE

ROOKIE SCORE

INTENSITY

Summary

We were here 08 March 2019

 

This wildlife sanctuary offers some flat paths for rookie trail runners. It is a nice setting to go for a lunchtime run, an evening stroll or just as a picnic spot. The bird spotting is definitely an added bonus, but don’t go driving around for it.

 

Details

Distance: 3,3 km

Elevation gain: 0 m

Type: Out and back

Trail description


WHAT?

Flat ground with clear path out of the hunting zone around the estuary. At first there is only one possible direction, but further in the grounds there are different paths to choose from.


WHY?

Very beautiful scenery with wetlands, waterfowl and several birds of prey. Your attention is drawn by the nature and wildlife around, which makes you forgot the agony of the run itself

Glacier National Park

Mcdonald Falls

Google Maps parking location, with toilets
GPS route tracked with our Garmin watch

FAVORITE SCORE

ROOKIE SCORE

INTENSITY

Summary

We were here 10 April 2019

 

This trail run doesn’t require any special skills. The clear path is quite well marked with some directional arrows on the way. The intensity of running this loop is ranked intermediate* due to some ups-and-downs in the path. If you land in Glacier National Park during the same period as we were here this is a good option to enjoy the park anyway, but we suspect there are more interesting things to be found when the park is fully open.

 

Details

Distance: 7,9 km

Elevation gain: 111 m

Type: Out and back

Price: 80 USD, entry included in our ‘America the beautiful’ annual pass

Trail description


WHAT?

Start from the big parking lot and cross the road in Eastern direction to the Gunsight pass trail which leads to the woods. Turn left in the direction of Mcdonald Falls. From the Lake Mcdonald Lodge keep going on the right side next to the road. At the fork take the left path in the Western direction and cross the road. Take the bridge over Mcdonald's creek. After 100 m take a small path to the right in the woods again and stay on the left side of the creek until hitting the creek after 0,5 km. Continue the path along the creek until a bridge crossing it. Take this bridge and cross the road again to another path through the forest. Run in Southern direction going up and down a couple of times before passing John’s lake. Afterward, start moving again in Southwestern direction until merging with the initial path again. Beware of some mud, possible snow at this time of year and a lot of tree trunks.


WHY?

At this time of year (April) Glacier National Park is still considered to be in winter conditions. This means that the vast majority of the park is still closed. Typically the 'Going-to-the-Sun' road opens in late June or early July, then the biggest part of the park is accessible. Current park conditions can be found here. Running through the snowy park was a great way for us to still enjoy a little bit of the beauty here. The lakes, forest and waterfalls all contribute to the amazing scenery of this National Park. If you are lucky it is also possible to spot black bears and grizzly bears here together with other wildlife.

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  • Bear spray

  • Running shoes prepared for snow

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