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Avalanche Lake

Glacier National Park, MT
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Gorgeous payoff after a strenuous all-uphill hike!

My husband (58 years old) and I (56 years old) found this trek to be strenuous yet extremely... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Steve B
Decatur, Georgia
One of the easiest and most rewarding hikes

The lake is a little over 2 miles from the shuttle drop off. There are a few climbs but nothing... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Raleigh, NC
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A popular hiking area within Glacier National Park.
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  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband (58 years old) and I (56 years old) found this trek to be strenuous yet extremely worthwhile. The trail to Avalanche Lake is all uphill through dense forest with a heavy canopy shading most of the trail. The hike is quite beautiful in...More

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lake is a little over 2 miles from the shuttle drop off. There are a few climbs but nothing very long. This is an out and back hike. The lake itself is stunning. It is set in a glacier bowl and has very clear...More

Thank claude_monnier
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Avalanche Lake Trail was a beautiful three mile trail that ascends about 500 feet. The hike is relatively easy, especially if done at a moderate pace. Waterfalls and gushing waters abound on the trek to the Avalanche Lake. Once there enjoy the exquisite beauty of...More

Thank Cathy G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful lake at the end with some nice beach area to have a picnic or lay out for as long as you'd like. We did this hike later in the afternoon due to hiking a longer trail in the morning. The trail was extremely busy...More

Thank Shelby050
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great trail, very easy (I wore sneakers). Amazing creeks/streams, especially early in the season. Go early because apparently it gets crazy crowded later in the day. Deer everywhere, one black bear.

Thank Angie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Way too crowded of a hike to be enjoyable for us. Erosion is really bad with so many people off-roading to get around other slow people. Once at the lake, the opportunities to take pictures are hard to come by with so many people bombing...More

Thank Mike5466
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful varied mountain, forest, wildflower views along the entire hike. You will not be disappointed. Challenging hike, particularly on hot sunny day. Be prepared with lots of water, layers, and sunscreen. Enjoy!

Thank Michelle A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The GTTS Road was closed when we were there, so we were unable to access the Logan Pass area trailheads. Given that and that this was our first visit to GNP, our experience set is pretty small, but I don't see how anyone could not...More

Thank SGHTulsa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This trail is about 2.5 miles one way. There are lots of rapids and waters near the first half of the trail. Close enough for beautiful pictures. The second half of the trail is mainly forests. The snow waterfalls at the end of the trail...More

Thank Zhi C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I feel like this is an over rated hike. The first half mile where we followed the river and the gorge was really nice, pretty and worth the hike. The rest of it was not a nice hike. Up and down rocky terrain, I didn't...More

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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
January 28, 2017|
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Response from debra d | Reviewed this property |
You know to go earlier in the morning for the sun/lighting, and to see the most wildlife. From my experience, I think the Redrock falls hike offers the most variety of scenery. Here's a list from the Trails table I made... More