Hiking Glacier’s Avalanche Lake Trail


A trip to Glacier National Park is always an amazing adventure.

One of my favorite day hikes is the Avalanche Lake Trail because it is moderately easy, 4.7-mile (round trip) with about a 500-feet elevation gain (however, some of the gain is up-and-down-and-up-again).

And what a spectacular destination with the lake surrounded by mountains where melting glacier waters cascade down several thousand feet to the lake. Visitors scan the cliffs with binoculars to pick out mountain goats (little white specs). Black bear and mountain lion also have been reported by hikers this summer.

Julianne G. Crane

Photo: Jimmy Smith and Julianne G. Crane eat peanut butter sandwiches on the shores of Avalanche Lake. (Photo by Paul Bates)

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