Explore Avalanche Creek



0.7 miles

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Added by Jason Hatfield

A glacial blue creek carving through a 500-year-old cedar forest.

Avalanche Creek is one of Glacier National Park's easiest features to access and also one of its most unique. The old-growth cedar forest is home to towering trees, moss-covered boulders, and a rushing stream of glacial water. A small loop trail winds through the lower forest and leads to a bridge with views of a canyon carved by the creek. The best spot to photograph the canyon is at the beginning of the trail to Avalanche Lake; stepping off-trail here allows you to shoot down directly into the canyon.

If you want to spend more time in the area, nearby Avalanche Creek Campground offers 87 sites on a first-come-first-serve basis; but get there early as it fills up quickly.

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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area



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🥇Top Contributor

9 months ago

Easy to get to and gorgeous!

My grandma was on this trip with us and she easily made it along this trail. Beautiful colors! Great stop.

🥈 Contributor

about 4 years ago

Beautiful Creek

This creek has beautiful hide of blue and cool features. It is also pretty easy to explore along the did and get some good photos.


🥇Top Contributor

over 4 years ago

Glacier's Canyon

Avalanche Creek creates a unique canyon on the Avalanche Lake trail that is worth exploring. The hike is extremely easy to get to the creek and all ages can enjoy the beauty of the creek.


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over 4 years ago

Awesome Area

With the large cedars over head and the bright blue water of Avalanche Creek rushing over falls, this is an easy hike that shouldn't be missed.

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