Avalanche Lake / Going to the Sun Road

West Glacier, Montana

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Romantic legend has it that Going to the Sun Mountain, and later the road, is named for a mystic Indian who ascended the 9,642-foot peak to join the sun in eternity. The road, 52 miles long, closes in the fall and reopens usually in June. From the parking area, the gentle 4-mile route to the Avalanche Campground offers easy skiing and good views of McDonald Creek. The forest of cedar and hemlock is surrounded by 8,000-foot mountains. Along the way are several photography opportunities of mountains and McDonald Creek. Sacred Dancing Cascade is on the creek, 1 mile into the trail. Note that moose frequent the Going to the Sun trail in winter. The best advice is to keep a good distance between skier and moose and never approach these unpredictable animals. Surface quality: Skier-tracked.
Winter Trails: Montana

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Winter Trails: Montana

by Jean Arthur (The Globe Pequot Press)

Romantic legend has it that Going to the Sun Mountain, and later the road, is named for a mystic Indian who ascended the 9,642-foot peak to join the sun in eternity. The road, 52 miles long, closes in the fall and reopens usually in June. From the parking area, the gentle 4-mile route to the Avalanche Campground offers easy skiing and good views of McDonald Creek.

The forest of cedar and hemlock is surrounded by 8,000-foot mountains. Along the way are several photography opportunities of mountains and McDonald Creek. Sacred Dancing Cascade is on the creek, 1 mile into the trail. Note that moose frequent the Going to the Sun trail in winter. The best advice is to keep a good distance between skier and moose and never approach these unpredictable animals. Surface quality: Skier-tracked.

©  Jean Arthur/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: West Glacier
Distance: 13
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Day use
Trailhead Elevation: 3,280 feet
Top Elevation: 3,905 feet
Local Contacts: Glacier National Park, Avalanche Info, (800)-526-5329
Driving Directions: Directions to Avalanche Lake / Going to the Sun Road

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