Avalanche Lake (Glacier NP, MT) ◉

Difficulty: Beginner

Length: 5.8 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 750 feet

Dog Friendly: No


Trailhead coordinates (copy + paste): 48.6807, -113.8190

Directions: Park at the coordinates (Trail of the Cedars trailhead) which is well-marked. After about 0.5 miles on this popular trail, you will reach the fork for Avalanche Lake, which has a large sign and map. Note: this hike is in a national park, so you will need to purchase a pass for $35.


A short and sweet hike in Glacier National Park, Avalanche Lake is a fun one no matter what the weather is doing. Starting from the Trail of the Cedars walking path, the trail passes by water features and a small but impressive gorge before heading uphill alongside a creek. Here the trail becomes a bit steeper but remains fairly mild and accessible to all skill levels. Winding through a forested area, the trail feels magical and quiet for a few miles of mellow incline before opening up into the lake basin. Watch for bears and bring your spray this area is known for grizzlies.

Avalanche Lake in Glacier, Montana
Avalanche Lake hike in Glacier, Montana
Avalanche Lake in Glacier, Montana
Avalanche Lake hike in Glacier, Montana
Avalanche Lake in Glacier, Montana