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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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Philadelphia, PA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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167 reviews 167 reviews
57 attraction reviews
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW 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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Denver, Colorado
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144 reviews 144 reviews
47 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Even in the pouring rain this was a nice hike. It is about 5 miles RT if you include the Trail of the Cedars part of the hike. You walk through forest along waterfalls (at the beginning) and end up at Avalanche Lake with several beautiful waterfalls. It was rated moderate but my husband did it with no trouble and... More

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Austin, Texas
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108 reviews 108 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My wife and nephew used this hike as a warm up hike our first day in the park. Trail very moderately slopes uphill toward the lake. View at the lake was great. Maybe not as spectacular as Iceberg Lake, but not bad considering.

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San Francisco
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I said "wow" more times than I can count on this hike! The lake is surrounded by mountain peaks with at least 4-5 different waterfalls trickling down, and the color of the lake is amazing. So incredibly cool! It is a bit of a hike to get up (about 6 miles round-trip from the parking lot at Trail of the... More

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Cedar Grove, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is a must see. Definitely worth the walk. Beautiful and serene. A deer was following us a lot. Lots of mosquitos so be prepared for that down by the lake. The trail wasn't so bad

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