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Avalanche Lake

Glacier National Park, MT
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Pretty but not my favorite at Glacier

I had heard such great things about this hike so we did it, and I didn't think it was as great as I... read more

Reviewed September 4, 2016
Fernandina Beach, Florida
OK hike

Relatively easy walk through the woods to a mountain lake. Lake is a bit low right now so it's not... read more

Reviewed September 4, 2016
Jan G
Waynesville, North Carolina
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A popular hiking area within Glacier National Park.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Reviewed September 4, 2016

I had heard such great things about this hike so we did it, and I didn't think it was as great as I had heard. The hike was fine, but not much to see most of the way. The ending at Avalanche Lake was pretty,...More

Thank ketah777
Reviewed September 4, 2016

Relatively easy walk through the woods to a mountain lake. Lake is a bit low right now so it's not as scenic as it can be.

Thank Jan G
Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Great hike.. Wouldn't be good with kids or elderly.. You could make it a short stroll.. Lots of incline walking but enjoyable thru the woods.. Highly recommend!

Thank MicheleP0034
Reviewed September 2, 2016

This hike is only 5 miles RT with about 500-600 feet elevation gain, but it was still arduous. The trail is very busy, so patience is needed. Once you get to the lake, there trail continues to the right, and you can get closer to...More

Thank rvb_shelia
Reviewed September 1, 2016

One of the thing my wife and I did on our trip to Glacier National Park.was a hike to Avalanche Lake in late August. We are young seniors but were able to handle the four mile round trip hike and terrain with little trouble. The...More

Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

This was a beautiful, perfect hike for our family of six, kids' ages 3 to 13. Mostly covered, we felt like we were in a rainforest. We saw deer on the trail, loved the occasional water, and moss everywhere! The colored rocks were my favorite......More

3  Thank Lindsay N
Reviewed August 29, 2016

The hike through Trail of the Cedars and onto Avalanche Lake Trail is moderately steep at times and can be slippery if wet, but it's worth the effort. We took a lunch along and really enjoyed a nice break on the shores of Avalanche Lake....More

Thank GNGator
Reviewed August 29, 2016

Make the quick two mile hike to this hidden gem and relax as you take in the peaceful surroundings. get there early in the morning as the trail usually gets crowded later in the day.

Thank twhite19
Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

We were advised to come early to avoid crowds on this 41/2 mile hike. The trail is shaded and the ground a bit uneven, with roots and rocks making gym shoes or hiking boots a good idea. We didn't carry anything with us, so hiking...More

2  Thank Verna R
Reviewed August 27, 2016

We were fortunate to find a parking spot. The usual advice is to come early but we were driving in from Spokane and couldn't. You see all sorts of people on the trail with varying levels of preparation and ideas about what gear is needed....More

3  Thank Travellingdude2
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August 4, 2017|
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Response from yalibrarian | Reviewed this property |
I second Avalanche Lake. A tad crowded, but get there in the morning and it won't be too bad. I'd find time to get over to Many Glacier on the west side and hike Grinnel Glacier after hiking around the lakes. Stunning!
July 6, 2017|
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Response from caleb192837 | Reviewed this property |
Personally, I recommend making the drive to Many Glacier. Both the Grinnell and Iceberg hikes are amazing. Avalanche Lake is nice but nothing like other hikes in the park.
May 16, 2017|
Response from bmac1260 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Amy, There are plenty of hikes to take and I can't remember the names of all of them. I prefer hikes alongside streams and to lakes. When you get to Lake McDonald the locals will tell you which ones provide you with... More