This short Glacier National Park ski trip has big rewards. Along Lake McDonald, the route combines cross-country skiing on roads, trails, and sometimes the beach. At Rocky Point, you’ll nab views mountains up lake.
From the Camas Road gate, start with a climb uphill on the wide snowy road. After turning onto Fish Creek Road, make the gentle descent followed by a short climb and challenging drop to the picnic area. From here, a trail dives into a thicket of evergreens, crosses a creek, passes the outdoor amphitheater, and cuts through the campground.
At the boathouse, the trail continues to Rocky Point. With enough snow, you can ski the beach to below Rocky Point. Atop the point, views uplake take in the grandeur of Glacier’s interior filled with blocky peaks, and spires.
With a distance of six miles round trip, cross-country skiers usually take three hours. But snowshoers may take longer. Before going to the park, be sure to rent ski or snowshoe gear in Whitefish.