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Avalanche Lake

Glacier National Park, MT
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Great First Hike

This was our first hike we did at Glacier, and I am glad we did it! Make sure you arrive early... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Columbus, Ohio
Trail of Cedars to Avalanche Lake

This is a little under a 5 mile roundtrip hike close to the west side of Glacier, and is well worth... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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A popular hiking area within Glacier National Park.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was our first hike we did at Glacier, and I am glad we did it! Make sure you arrive early because parking can be a problem. The first part of the trail was beautiful with the rapids and gorge. The trail is a moderate...More

Thank CbusTraveler15
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a little under a 5 mile roundtrip hike close to the west side of Glacier, and is well worth it to get the lake. It is mostly under the shade of trees. The lake is picturesque, with mountains and waterfalls. Parking is a...More

Thank steveanderson4
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Short, easy hike into dry fly heaven! We wet-waded no higher than our thighs and caught a bunch of cut throat trout. The lake is easy to access, so great for families.

Thank Hannah C
Reviewed 2 days ago

Finally made to Avalanche Lake, I grew up on the doorsteps of Glacier Park and finally made it. WOW, we are so lucky to have been blessed with such beauty. The hike is only 4.6 miles, but you will need to pace yourself and bring...More

Thank montanahula
Reviewed 4 days ago

First of all go early, certainly before 9:00AM. First half mile of the trail follows the Avalanche creek which offers a beautiful venue of whitewater and rapids while arousing the senses with sound. The trail then begins to climb for the next several miles through...More

1  Thank snadgragbag
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lake is beautiful, but not worth the almost 4 hours (round trip) to get there. Falls at the beginning are much more beautiful and a shorter hike. Water in shallow part of lake very cloudy and lake is not as pretty as Lake McDonald or...More

2  Thank Susan C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We hiked this 5-ish mile round trip out and back trail in the morning on our first full day at Glacier National Park. I would say this is a pretty moderate hike with some uphill travel on the way to the lake. The hike starts...More

Thank TextMeLater
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was one of my favorite hikes/spots in the park. I'm always up for scenery and workout while I'm at it. You'll get great views of Avalanche Creek/Gorge as you hike. Then with the 500ft gain and a good pace, you'll get a great workout,...More

Thank Kristen B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Longer hike but well worth it for,the beautiful views. We loved the rushing creek that carved its way down. Beautiful lake with lots of spots for lunch at the top.

Thank pastabean
Reviewed 6 days ago

A moderate hike adjacent to Trail of the Cedars at Lake McDonald. A little over four miles round trip. Mostly a mild incline the whole way. Walking sticks may help, but not necessary. There's a lot of parking at the trailhead, but it was full...More

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6 July 2017|
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Response from caleb192837 | Reviewed this property |
Personally, I recommend making the drive to Many Glacier. Both the Grinnell and Iceberg hikes are amazing. Avalanche Lake is nice but nothing like other hikes in the park.
16 May 2017|
Response from bmac1260 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Amy, There are plenty of hikes to take and I can't remember the names of all of them. I prefer hikes alongside streams and to lakes. When you get to Lake McDonald the locals will tell you which ones provide you with... More
28 January 2017|
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Response from debra d | Reviewed this property |
You know to go earlier in the morning for the sun/lighting, and to see the most wildlife. From my experience, I think the Redrock falls hike offers the most variety of scenery. Here's a list from the Trails table I made... More