Spend the night at a backcountry lake rimmed by wall of peaks on this 16.7-mile out-and-back. From the signed trailhead next to Going to the Sun Road, follow Lincoln Lake Trail to the south. Almost immediately, the trail starts a steep climb through forest to Snyder Ridge. At mile 1.7, crest Snyder Ridge, then continue straight at the 4-way junction.
The climb eases slightly over the next 1.3 miles as the trail winds to the east toward the Lincoln Creek valley; look through the trees for intermittent views of the Flathead Range to the south. Three miles in, the trail begins a 2.6-mile descent to Lincoln Creek, then travels northeast along the valley floor. After 8.3 miles, the trail reaches the southern tip of Lincoln Lake, which is sits at the foot of a rugged cirque. Beaver Chief Falls plunges down the headwall to the northeast. Set up camp at Lincoln Lake Campground or turn around and backtrack to the trailhead.
PERMIT: Overnight camping in Glacier National Park requires a backcountry permit. Check out the latest fees and more details at nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm.
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-GPS data provided by the National Park Service
- Distance: 26.9
Location: 48.59939, -113.887576
From the signed trailhead next to Going to the Sun Road, follow Lincoln Lake Trail to the south. Prepare for a steep climb through forest to Snyder Ridge.
Location: 48.58071, -113.876361
The trail crests Snyder Ridge. Continue straight @ 4-way junction. Ahead: The climb eases slightly; look through the trees for intermittent views of the Flathead Range to the south.
Location: 48.575038, -113.857949
The trail begins a 2.6-mile descent to Lincoln Creek.
Location: 48.573067, -113.839676
The trail skirts a marshy area on the right as it descends to Lincoln Creek.
Location: 48.570163, -113.83268
Turn left @ T-junction and head northeast up the valley.
Location: 48.572143, -113.826798
Cross a creek and continue heading northeast along the valley floor.
Location: 48.58915, -113.77572
Lincoln Lake: The trail ends at the southern tip of Lincoln Lake. Drop your pack and savor breathtaking views of the rugged cirque that surrounds three sides of the lake. Beaver Chief Falls plunges down the headwall to the northeast. Set up camp at Lincoln Lake Campground or turn around and return to the trailhead.