Snyder Ridge Trail

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18.8 km
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775 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Hiking through Snyder Ridge Trail takes you through a forest for most of the trail that follows the ridge along the way. The views for most of the hike are of the surrounding dense forest until you come closer to the end of the trail. The last few miles will open up to small creeks and beautiful views of Fish Lake.

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Route Description for Snyder Ridge Trail

Snyder Ridge Trail is a low traffic hike through dense forest with ups and downs along the ridge. The views are seldom until you reach the last few miles of the trail. Do note that this is also a one-way trail, so make sure you have another car waiting for you at the end.

Beginning at southern shores of Lake McDonald, follow the trail along the lake through the forest until you reach small creeks flowing through the trail. This will signal that you are almost near the end. You will then come upon the beauty of Fish Lake and once you have enjoyed your time there, continue out of the trail as this is a one-way trail.

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Getting to the Snyder Ridge Trail Trailhead

To get to Snyder Ridge Trail from Apgar, head North toward Apgar Loop/Lake View Drive and turn right. After 1.3 km, turn left onto Glacier Route 1 Road/Going-to-the-Sun Road. At 7.1 km, your destination will be on the left.

Route Information

  • When to do

    April - October

  • Backcountry Campsites


  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly


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  • Crowd Levels


  • Route Type

    Out and back

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