Finally, the trail falls in line with a small creek that will lead you to the beautiful shores of Otokomi Lake. Keep in mind that this is ideal moose territory so be aware of your surroundings and make plenty of noise to avoid startling one. On a clear day, the signature red cliffs that rise high above the lake are reflected by crystal clear water. There are plenty of places along the shore to stop and take in the view while enjoying a packed lunch.
Impressive views of Red Eagle Mountain and Rose Creek Canyon are not to be missed on the way back down. If you time your hike right, you can still catch the sunset from Going-to-the-Sun Road before returning to St. Mary for a well-deserved dinner and relaxing evening.
"Otokomi Lake is an incredible hike that I would do again in a heartbeat," Trevor says. "It really exhibits all of the things I love about Glacier."
Time: 6-8 hours
Distance: 10.8 miles (17.4 km) round-trip
Elevation: +2,180 feet (664 m)
Access: The hike to Otokomi Lake begins from the Rose Creek Trailhead at Rising Sun, located 5.5 miles west of the Saint Mary Entrance Station on the Going-To-The-Sun Road. The trailhead is located on the west side of the General Store.