Johns Lake Loop Trailhead in Glacier National Park is located 1.3 miles east of the McDonald Lodge on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The parking area alongside the road is small and loads about 7 or 8 cars. In the winter you can also park down the road at the McDonald lake lodge and walk over to the trailhead, but I wouldn’t recommend this is the summer as it is a very busy road.
Johns Lake is a fairly easy hike and is a popular trail. The loop trail is 1.9 miles, and along the way you’ll see Sacred Dancing Cascade and McDonald Falls, and beautiful mountains and streams.
A short way in at the start of the trail you’ll come to a fork in the trail, veer left to follow the Johns Lake Loop. You will also encounter a second fork and at this one veer to the right. There are some signs but the first fork had no sign last time we were there.
The scenery is beautiful with large red cedars and hemlock trees and is a great hike for families or beginners of all ages.
These photos are from a hike we did in mid-November and the winter scenes along the trail are spectacular.