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West Glacier, Montana

Hike to Avalanche Lake- Glacier National Park

4.5 Miles Total - 709 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Allie Rippe

This is one of the easier hikes in the Glacier National Park with one of the biggest payoffs. A short hike leads to an amazing lake view with multiple waterfalls off in the distance.

The trail to Avalanche Lake starts just off of the Going to the Sun Road at the start of the Trail of the Cedars trail head. Follow this trail for roughly half of a mile and then continue on to the Avalanche Lake trail (Hint: Just before the Avalanche Lake trail begins, there is a small footbridge that overlooks Lower Avalanche Gorge). After about 2.3 miles, you will reach the foot of Avalanche Lake and be able to see the incredible views of waterfalls in the distance. If you wish to go further, follow to shoreline to the end of the lake!

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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole


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