Hike to Avalanche Lake

    4.5 miles 730 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Seth Langbauer

    Impressive views of glacial water careening down the gorge and numerous look-out points to capture the cascading waterfalls. A very scenic trail with 500-year-old cedars to see.

    This very scenic Glacier National Park hike off of Going-to-the-Sun road is 4.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 730 feet. The hike to Avalanche Lake begins from the Trail of the Cedars trailhead. Be prepared for a lot of incline.

    Approximately one half mile from the trailhead you’ll reach a footbridge that provides views of the lower Avalanche Gorge. It is just past this point that you’ll find the Avalanche Lake Trail junction.

    At 2.3 miles, you will reach the foot of Avalanche Lake. Take in the views or stop for lunch at the large beach area. You can also continue along the trail on the western shoreline to the head of the lake.

    This is a popular trail and parking can be tight. Best to get an early start.

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    about 6 years ago

    I did this hike with my grandparents who were both in their late 70's at the time. A beautiful, cloudy day in October hike.

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