Snyder Lakes – 8.7mi / 13.9km
Snyder Lakes are a pair of alpine lakes that sit above Lake McDonald Lodge, although the trail only goes to the lower of the two. It passes through the inland Pacific rain forest full of moss and ferns, gaining well over 2,000 feet without many level spots.
The steepest slope is found in the first mile and a half of your journey. The hike is not especially beautiful until you get into the basin, where avalanche chutes and alpine vegetation allow you to see the cliffs that surround you, which are impressive.
Trailhead: Use the Sperry trailhead located across Going-to-the-Sun Road from Lake McDonald Lodge.
Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,000ft / 600m