Avalanche Lake Hiking Trail

Mark Barnett
Last Updated: May 25th, 2023

Avalanche Lake Hiking Trail is a popular hiking trial in Glacier National Park, located in the  Montana. The trail offers stunning natural beauty, including a dense forest, a rushing river, and the majestic Avalanche Lake at the end.

Avalanche Lake Hiking Trail in Montana
Reflection on Avalanche Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

Here are some details about the trail:

  • Length: The trail to Avalanche Lake is approximately 5 miles (7.2 km) round trip, making it a manageable day hike for most people.
  • Estimated Time-to-Complete: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Type: Out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: The trail includes about 730 feet (222 m) of elevation gain, with the lake sitting at 3,905 feet (1,190 m) above sea level.
  • Difficulty: The trail is rated as moderate. Although it’s not overly steep or strenuous, it does require a moderate amount of physical fitness.
  • Trailhead: The trailhead for the Avalanche Lake trail is located at the Avalanche Creek picnic area, just off the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
  • Features: Along the trail, you’ll walk along Avalanche Creek and take in the sights of Avalanche Gorge with its beautiful cascades. Once you reach the lake, you’ll be treated to an extraordinary view of the lake surrounded by steep cliffs from which numerous cascading waterfalls descend.
  • Wildlife: The trail and surrounding areas are home to a variety of wildlife. It’s common to spot birds, squirrels, and marmots. However, it’s also bear country, so proper precautions should be taken to store food and dispose of trash properly. It’s advised to carry bear spray and know how to use it.
  • Dogs: Not allowed on the trail.

The Avalanche Lake Trail is a popular hiking destination, so it is important to be prepared for crowds. The trail is also subject to closures due to wildlife activity.

Remember to check the park’s website or contact the park’s visitor center for the most current information about trail conditions and any restrictions or advisories. As with any hike, make sure you’re prepared with appropriate clothing, food, water, and safety gear.

About The Author

Mark Barnett

Mark Philip is a writer and lifestyle enthusiast from the Midlands in the U.K. With a background in martial arts and fitness, Mark headed out to Bangkok, Thailand where he now lives and works. Mark has authored e-books, articles, and blogs across a wide range of topics for commercial, educational, factual, lifestyle and leisure-based purposes.

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