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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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Cleveland, Ohio
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76 reviews 76 reviews
39 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The hike would have been great if it were not for the immense crowds all trying to get to the same place. We wish we had known about the crowds and that it was one of the most popular hikes because we would have gone at a non-peak time. The reward at the end however is worth it as you... More

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Walking through the woods was refreshing and educating as we went with a Ranger Guide which is free leaving from the trail head at 9 AM every day. The lake is a great view, but I enjoyed the rapids of the creek even better as they gave great photo opportunities.

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Houston, Texas
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75 reviews 75 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The lake is nice, but the hike is what you will enjoy. I'm a runner so I believe I'm in shape, but this is not the easiest hike. Many ups and downs along the way, but the views of the waterfalls and moss covered ground and trees are amazing. The entire hike from parking lot to lake is about five... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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179 reviews 179 reviews
79 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This is a 4 mile round trip hike from the Avalanche Gorge Bridge. Parking is limited. Flatlanders keep the elevation in mind. You first walk next to a wonderful canyon with roaring water then up and down and up and down to the lake. Remember it is not a race. At the end of the trail is the lake. The... More

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Rochester, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Hike is not too bad, and the Avalanche gorge at the start of the trail is amazing. No place like it on Earth. The lake itself is gorgeous - - take a trip around the right-hand side and get some different views. Lots of friendly chipmunks and ground squirrels will be happy you did ...

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Hudsonville, Michigan
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

beautiful lake at the end - towering peaks and three waterfalls cascading down to the lake - awesome!!

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Washington, DC
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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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