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.