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Avalanche Lake

Glacier National Park, MT
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Type: Hiking Trails, Bodies of Water
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Description: A popular hiking area within Glacier National Park.
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Washburn, Missouri, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful hikes I have made. The well marked trail moves up the mountain to the lake. Along the way, you will view beautiful waterfalls and forests. There is plenty of wildlife to enjoy as well.

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Tennessee
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161 reviews 161 reviews
58 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Plenty of parking in this area with restrooms on both sides of the street. I pulled in around 10:00 am and it was pouring the rain but in 15 minutes the sun came out and it never rained again. Starting out it is a cement path leading to both Trail of the Cedars (although this is a loop) and it... More

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This is one of the prettiest trails I have been on! It was an easy hike with very Beautiful scenery!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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252 reviews 252 reviews
54 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The Trail of the Cedars, which is at the beginning of this hike, is beautiful with old Cedars and Hemlocks. Avalanche Lake trail is a steady but easy climb for about 2 miles to a small lake nestled in the base of Bearhat Mountain. There is a restroom at the trail head and also at the lake (at the lake... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

we followed our guide on this avalanche lake trail. She is a geography PhD student, very knowledgeable and passionate about the formation of avalanche and this beautiful avalanche lake. The trail is not very long, but our guide took twice the time it said on the paper so even the group of senior citizens with us can do this trail... More

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Portland, Maine
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This was a pretty good hike for a couple of 50 year old's in decent shape. Get there early to get a parking spot near the trailhead and to avoid the crowds. We arrived around 8:30 and although the parking area was fairly full, the trail was not. The trail starts out on a flat path which changes to a... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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166 reviews 166 reviews
49 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is a popular trail for good reason. It's an easy to moderate 4.5 mile round trip that is beautiful. The trail head is accessed from the Trail of the Cedars accessible trail. Once you leave the boardwalk the trail starts with a short steep climb. The trail hugs Avalanche Creek for about a mile then you move a little... More

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NY
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

one of those scenic, not too difficult hikes which you can do rain or shine. get there early. parking spaces go. nice variations through woods and open areas. go to end of lake for quiet and great views. Poles are still good idea. Some uneven areas through the woods.

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Las Vegas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This hike starts at the popular Trail of the Cedars which is a 1 mile loop. When you get to the Avalanche Gorge, the Avalanche Trail takes off up the mountain. The trail is relatively wide and well marked; tall trees cover most of the trail so it's nice and shaded. It's a moderate workout; and the reward is a... More

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Ann Arbor
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Nice hike past the creek with different rock formations than seen elsewhere. My husband tried to fish Avalanche Lake and it was, not surprisingly, over-fished. We've seen pictures of the beaches packed with people. In September it was a beautiful, peaceful, and secluded lake tucked in the mountains beneath two waterfalls.

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