Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake, Glacier National Park: Address, Phone Number, Avalanche Lake Reviews: 4.5/5

Avalanche Lake
4.5
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A popular hiking area within Glacier National Park.
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db7477
Carlsbad, CA2 256 contributions
Great hike
Nov 2021 • Family
Avalanche Lake was one of our visit’s highlights. The three mile hike was moderate. The first mile on the Trail of Cedars was flat but there was a gradual incline for the next two. My only complaint was that we should have gone either earlier or later… we arrived about one and the sun washed out the photos.
Written 31 October 2021
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solyluz
Boulder, CO133 contributions
Relaxing hike with the hordes - beautiful lake - no bear this time.
Jul 2021
We hiked Avalanche Lake trail on July 1. Arrived at 7.45am and parking lots were full. Managed to get our small rental car into a tine space and off we went. No bears on this trail, but mostly hordes of humans. Most crowded trail we hiked during our trip.

The trail of the cedars was so relaxing and peaceful. There was a serenity there that people respected.

Once on the trail to Avalanche Lake, there were waves of people on the way up and on way down. Mostly shade with occasional photo opportunities.

The lake itself and environment were stunning. We hiked to end of the lake for our picnic snacks to get away from the hordes.

Despite the parking challenge and crowds, this hike is worth the effort.
Written 11 October 2021
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mkw06
Rochester, MN50 contributions
Great hike!
Oct 2021 • Couples
Great hike to beautiful lake with views of waterfalls. Pretty easy and flat trail- I’d say moderate. We were there after shuttles stopped running and parking was a challenge- we got lucky. Either have to go early or time it for someone leaving.
Written 4 October 2021
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Kara
7 contributions
Breathtakingly beautiful!
Jun 2021
My fiancé and I had such a wonderful time at Avalanche Lake. We both agreed it was one of the best things we saw in all of Glacier. The hike to get there is quite manageable (although somewhat uphill), but the views at the end are so worth it! You also follow the bright blue Avalanche River on your way to the lake, which is a nice bonus. There is such a unique combination of landscapes throughout the hike, including coniferous forests, rocky river landscapes, incredibly lush (almost jungle-like) ferns, and a breathtaking lake landscape (surrounded by mountains and waterfalls) to top it all off. We also enjoyed the Trail of the Cedars loop on our way back, which is wheelchair accessible. I would recommend this hike to anyone visiting Glacier!! :)
Written 29 September 2021
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HoustonFamily
Houston382 contributions
Go Early to Avalanche Lake
Sep 2021
Definitely one of the prettiest destinations I have seen. The lake has broad pebble beaches- with a number of log benches. So a nice place to picnic. However, a very popular hike so go early to minimize the crowd experience.
Written 27 September 2021
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NATDELA
Bear, DE87 contributions
A short hike to majestic sneneries
Sep 2021 • Couples
A short hike, not too difficult, of about 2 miles to get to the lake where the sceneries were just spectacular. I recommend to go to the end of the lake, the reflections in the lake were stunning.
Written 17 September 2021
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Carolyn K
Secor, IL11 contributions
Parking is a pain!!!!!
Aug 2021 • Family
Well, you can arrive at 6am for a parking spot but won’t have a view of the lake once you arrive due to early morning fog or arrive later and fight the hassle of finding a parking spot. Have no idea why they don’t have better parking for the top rated hikes?! We arrived at 7:30 with nowhere available to park. Ended up parking further down on the road and walked about a mile to trailhead. Once we arrived at the far side of the lake (end of trail) the fog was so thick and we couldn’t see anything. There were trails that went toward the water falls which we took and enjoyed seeing those. Once we returned to the lake, the fog was lifting and the views were incredible!!!! You get the best pictures from the far side of the lake as the sunrise is behind you and the lake/mountains are on display! Maybe using the shuttle service would be best or arrive around noon to find parking. This is about the time all morning hikers are finishing and parking spots are opening up.
Written 19 August 2021
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lahanson
Lake Benton, MN338 contributions
Long hike, but amazing lake
Jun 2021
This was a longer hike than we had anticipated. There were lots of up and down parts. But once we got there is was beautiful. There are like 6 streams of water feeding down from the higher mountains into the lake.
Written 17 August 2021
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Leah R
6 contributions
The hike is WORTH it
Aug 2021
This was by far our favorite hike. It is absolutely beautiful. Plus, the hike itself is picture worthy at every turn.
Written 17 August 2021
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cjptara
Seattle68 contributions
Decent hike, great backdrop at the lake!
Aug 2021 • Family
We continued on to avalanche lake after walking on the trail of the Cedars. The water was cold but not super freezing. My sons got into it for a while, and there were a few other people in the water as well.
Written 10 August 2021
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