Glacier National Park - Avalanche Lake - Member Hike

Hike Name: Glacier National Park - Avalanche Lake
Country: United States
State: Montana
Nearby Town: Kalispell, MT
Rating: 3 stars
Directions: North of Lake McDonald Lodge on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, watch for the Avalanche Creek Campground entrance and the Trail of the Cedars. Follow the boardwalk on the Trail of the Cedars to the bridge over Avalanche and then turn onto the trail to Avalanche Lake.
Total Hike Distance: 4.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In and Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Trail of the Cedars
Trails Used: Trail of the Cedars, Avalanche Lake Trail
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: Lakes
Management: National Park Service
Contact Information: Glacier National Park
West Glacier, MT
Best Season: Summer
Users: Hikers
Road Conditions: Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: The bottom part of this trail is adjacent to Avalanche Creek and the beautiful gorge it has carved in the rock. There are a few good places to get to the edge and look right down into this narrow gorge. The lower mile is a bit more steep as you climb most of the 500' to the lakeshore. The second mile is a gentle grade through the woods. Avalanche Lake is a lovely lake that is just far enough off the boardwalk to keep the crowd down. It is probably the easiest hike for little children to enjoy the serenity that comes from the backcountry without the noise and crowds of the more heavily traveled areas of the national park.




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