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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This was our first foray into Glacier National Park. Parking was a little difficult, but worth the hassle. Hike is about 5 miles round trip. I'm not in awesome shape but the hike wasn't that strenuous. It was mostly up hill but there were lots of level parts to help you catch your breath. It was smooth and rarely rocky.... More

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Parker, Colorado
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189 reviews 189 reviews
14 attraction reviews
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We did this hike on our first day off the plane. Not too hard but saw some great scenery. The first highlight is waterfall gorge water moving very fast.then hikes through forested areas. One on our trail saw a bear here. The lake is beautiful. Bring your sandals for a group shot on a rock 6 feet out. We went... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Had a lovely hike there. Went in the afternoon and had no trouble finding parking. That was actually the same at all of the trail heads for us. Nice walk through the cedars and amazing pristine lake at the end. It was one of my favorite hikes!

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you consider 5 miles roundtrip short, anyway. It only took us 50 minutes to hike up and maybe 35 down. The views are probably best at sunset, but late morning was still spectacular!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Moderately strenuous, popular hike to a lake in a cirque. Starts out in rain-forest type environment and wooded almost the entire way, but the lake is scenic at the end. Would be strenuous if not in shape mainly due to distance but also somewhat the vertical gain of around 500ft. Scenic lake at the end is ringed with waterfalls cascading... More

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Logan, Utah
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The Avalanche trail was spectacular. Getting parking was a nightmare but once we parked, the trail was absolutely worth it. The hike was perfect for kids (6, 9, 14) and the lake was stunning even on a hazy day. The river rushing through for most of the hike provided nice views, sounds, and a breeze.

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Takoma Park, Maryland
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28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Around 5 miles RT to a lovely lake under multiple waterfalls streaming from the speery glacier. For this 63 year old occasional hiker, it was hard but doable. Mostly uphill going up, but not overly steep. I was tired but it was worth it. Lots of benches at the top around the lake. The trail was busy but good for... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I was here during an absolute down poor, but was amazed that there was still very many people. it was due to the road being closed at this hike so only about a 1/4 of the park open. even with all the people this was still a really nice hike, with a nice river and lots of waterfalls along the... More

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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75 reviews 75 reviews
40 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My family of 10 recently went hiking out to Avalanche Lake; our group was comprised of adults and teenagers. This was a fantastic hike! It is absolutely beautiful and is definitely worth it! On our way back, we did see a bear, that started walking towards some of the people in our group. After slowly backing away and making a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is a "must do" hike...don't miss it! Best way to do it is arrive at 8:00 am so parking is a breeze. When you get to the lake, be sure to follow the path further up the shore for more great views.

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