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Avalanche Lake

Address: Glacier National Park, MT
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Type: Hiking Trails, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A popular hiking area within Glacier National Park.
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Type: Hiking Trails, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A popular hiking area within Glacier National Park.
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This trail is very crowded but as with most attractions at Glacier National Park, completely worth the trip.

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This trail is moderately strenuous and about 5 miles round trip. It is a beautiful hike and totally worth the effort. Lots of photo opportunities along the hike.

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Middlesex, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Our visit was characterized by a large Elk(?) followed our party very closely. The wife was a bit concerned but I told her not to worry, it was just a deer. When she pointed out the animal was quite a bit larger than a deer, I then determined it must be an Elk. The elk was literally following at a... More 

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

took this trail since the go to the sun road was partially closed. My wife was afraid about a potential bear encounter or to be alone on the trail. None of the above. No bears and plenty of people on the trail. It took us 75 minutes to get to the lake (uphill) and 55min to go back. My wife... More 

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Delaware
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

It was our first time visiting Glacier National Park and this was our first hike. We actually stumbled upon it after following the Trail of the Cedars and seeing a trail marker up a hill. On a whim, I convinced my girlfriend to join me on the Avalanche Lake hike. A lot of ups and downs, a beautiful stream/waterfall system... More 

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Mansfield, Missouri
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Parking and trails are best early in the day- take a snack and enjoy a picnic dub do take the trail to the "far end" of the lake. Is nice to have a pit toilet handy- the lake is a lovely spot and the hike pretty darn easy.

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Layton, Utah
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Definitely a must see! There is a boardwalk trail leading up to Avalanche Falls so anyone can do it. If you do chose to go on to the lake just know that this is quite a little hike. It is an additional 2 miles from the falls and is up hill a lot of the way. But definitely go see... More 

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ohio
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156 reviews 156 reviews
50 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We took Ranger led hike as our first hike in GNP. Not crowded first thing in the morning. The Lake isn't too scenic, but it was a nice walk to get there, with nice forrest scenery.

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Chicago
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We hiked the trail to get to Avalanche Lake. We went early in the a.m. so by the time we arrived at the lake, the wall was in complete shade! No pictures were to be had!! We did not even think of that. You may need to wait to later in the afternoon to illuminate the wall.

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Marietta, Georgia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We were not planning to do this hike but we came across it as we walked along the Trail of the Cedars. It was a quick and easy hike for 2 adults and three teenagers. It has a gentle grade up to the lake, about two miles off the Trail of the Cedars. There is a pit toilet available at... More 

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