Avalanche Lake

West Glacier, Montana

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A half-day hike from Avalanche Creek trailhead to Avalanche Lake, 3.1 miles (4.4km) one way. The Avalanche Lake Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the park, due to its gentle grade and spectacular destination. Hikers seeking solitude should go elsewhere, as throngs of bear bell–bedecked tourists are a given at the height of the season. The hike begins at the Trail of the Cedars, a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk that winds between the boles of huge cedars and cottonwoods to Avalanche Gorge.
Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

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Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A half-day hike from Avalanche Creek trailhead to Avalanche Lake, 3.1 miles (4.4km) one way. The Avalanche Lake Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the park, due to its gentle grade and spectacular destination.

Hikers seeking solitude should go elsewhere, as throngs of bear bell–bedecked tourists are a given at the height of the season. The hike begins at the Trail of the Cedars, a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk that winds between the boles of huge cedars and cottonwoods to Avalanche Gorge.

© 2012 Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Glacier
Distance: 3.1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Local Maps: Mount Cannon
Driving Directions: Directions to Avalanche Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

7/25/2009
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Incredible view and beautiful lake with multiple very high waterfalls feeding the lake. Azure-blue glacial color. Reasonable climb if you have not acclimated yet. Fit hikers will have not problem. Note that this is a very popular trail and you will not have any solitude at all anywhere on the trail.


7/2/2009
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8/21/2008
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Wow! My Catherine and I hike a lot and, to be honest, wow is always appropriate because she is always with me. That aside though, we thoroughly enjoyed this hike. It is a popular trail for many reasons. Rain was falling lightly when we hiked it and so the number of human encounters was light and the rain had enhanced the waterfalls when we arrived at the lake. The gorge along the way and the lush forest made the trail extremely welcoming. It was an easy trail and down all the way back. God parted the fog when we arrived at the lake like a curtain and what lay behind was astonishing! There were six waterfalls and all were thrashing and loud even at the distance that they were from us! A truly beautiful experience!


8/1/2008
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Probably one of the best day hikes I've ever taken. Great view at trail end. Trail was very wet at certain points but nothing to hard.


7/16/2008
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Even though this trail is popular, it is a great one! There is the beautiful gorge that thunders and pushes water through it and results in a beautifully water eroded gorge. Deer stand close to the trail and are not even bothered by the many hikers. Avalance Lake is beuatifully blue. I recomend going in the later part of June/July because we could not see the blue of the glacier. It was still covered by snow. But none-the-less, it was a great short and easy hike.



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