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 is a 4.5 mile hike 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.

Pack List

  • Sack lunch
  • Picnic blanket/Beach towel
  • Water
  • Hiking boots
  • Day pack
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RT Distance 4.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 730 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall

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Sweet Reward

This hike is phenomenal. Winding through the trail is like a landslide frozen in time. There’s a beautiful river rushing alongside you. The hike is hard but so worth it. Getting to the end will take your breath away. And the way back is much easier than the way up :)

Beautiful Views, Easy Climb

My sister and I took this hike this Winter (mainly because the others were closed because of a fire and for the season), but it was awesome. We saw some wildlife (Deer and mountain goats). The view at the top was a gorgeous view of the lake with a mountainous backdrop!

Great Reward

Avalanche Lake is beautiful with cliffs rising up around it and waterfalls in the distance.


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