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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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Washington, DC
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Popular trail, elevation gain is on the easy side of moderate (when compared to elsewhere in the park), but still a workout, so be prepared. Gorgeous trip through the forest and trees beside the falls up to the lake - stop for lunch on a log lakeside and breathe in the beauty.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
4 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This hike was well worth the effort. It was incredible to see the trees downed from the avalanches. the lake at the end of the trail was stunning. My GPS said we walked nearly 6 miles counting the walk from the parking lot, around Trail of the Cedars.

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Savannah, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The hike was somewhat energetic but WELL WORTH THE EFFORT! The trail is mostly shaded but well maintained.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

A volunteer at apgar visitor center suggested this hike. It's under five miles out and back, we did it in about 2.5 hours with a lot of time lingering at the lake (watching a black bear!) and photographing a buck and the views along the trail. Well marked, semi busy, the trail is well maintained and not strenuous. We saw... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Avalanche Lake was the first attraction on my list of 5 or 6 "must sees" that actually had room for parking. The others were too crowded and parking was next to impossible. This hike worked out best for us as we prefer shade and a wooded environment as opposed to an open, sunny mountain. We climbed the 2 mile hike... More

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Victoria, BC
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169 reviews 169 reviews
59 attraction reviews
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The hike in takes about one hour from Avalanche Gorge, which is the junction with Trail of Cedars (a short boardwalk loop), and about 50 minutes to return. Most of the trail is uphill, and some of it is over tree roots and potentially slippery rocks, but it is not a difficult climb, as evidenced by your fellow hikers –... More

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Grayslake, Illinois, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Wow, what a view. You walk in 3.5 miles with an elevation rise of about 600' to view the mountains and the lake being fed by 3 waterfalls. You get to view several glaciers that are feeding those waterfall streams. Get there early so that you can take unimpeded pictures.

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Moon Township, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was my favorite part of our trip to Glacier. It was a two mile hike off of the trail of the cedars. We saw an elk and chipmunks. The view is absolutely breathtaking. Take bug spray. The bugs were terrible.

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Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
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74 reviews 74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

The hike to Avalanche Lake is one of the most popular at Glacier. Steady uphill climb but not too strenuous. The parking fills up fast so come early or take the shuttle. Otherwise you may not get a place to park. Access the trailhead from the Trail of the Cedars. It's about 5 miles round trip including the entire Trail... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Avalanche Lake Trail is a great hike - find parking early in the day, or get ready to scope out some folks finishing their hikes mid-day. We did this trail one of the first days in Glacier, and it was a great trail. There was a black bear relatively close, but just watching us from the trail. The trail is... More

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