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Avalanche Lake Guided Day Hike In Glacier National Park

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Discover one of the most popular and beloved lakes of Glacier National Park with an family-friendly and educational day hike to Avalanche Lake.

Embark on an in-depth journey with this moderately challenging hike, stretching up to 5 miles with an elevation gain of 730 feet, one of the most sought-after adventures in all of Glacier National Park.

After arriving in Glacier National Park your trip begins with a scenic drive past the stunning Lake McDonald, leading to the Trail of the Cedars trailhead. Here, you'll delve into an educational hike through a boardwalk that meanders through an ancient forest, densely populated with western red cedars and western hemlocks. As you ascend along the Avalanche Lake trail, you'll be enchanted by the sights of avalanche blowdowns, massive glacial erratics, and a spectacular glacier-fed cirque basin that is sure to leave an indelible impression.

As you continue along the trail, your knowledgeable and experienced guide from the Glacier Institute will provide you with a deep education on wildlife, geology, and history, enriching your hiking experience with fascinating insights into the park's natural wonders.

Avalanche Lake Highlights

  • Moderate Difficulty - One of the most popular and family-friendly trails in the park, this trip makes for a great day hike for most active families and those who prefer to keep hikes under 5 miles roundtrip.
  • Iconic Views - Avalanche Lake is one of the many picturesque lakes throughout Glacier National Park. Be sure to pack your camera!
  • Expert Guides - Knowledgeable guides from Glacier Institute will share information about the wildlife, geology, and history of the area along the way.

Ready for Another Hike?

Glacier National Park is a hikers paradise with over 700 miles of trails to explore. If you're looking for more hiking experiences check out our guide to The Best Hikes in Glacier National Park.

Important Information

  • All participants must be able to hike ~5 miles and 750 ft of elevation gain.
  • Meeting Point - This tour meets in Columbia Falls, MT about 20 minutes from the entrance to West Glacier. Open in Google Maps.
  • Participants are responsible for purchasing their park entry passes online prior to the hike. A Vehicle Reservation is NOT required. Participation in this hike with the Glacier Institute acts as your Vehicle Reservation.

What's Included

Expert Guide
Roundtrip Transportation From Meeting Point To Avalanche Lake Trailhead
Going-to-the-Sun Road Vehicle Reservation
Glacier National Park Site Pass
Food/Drinks (lunch available as an add-on)
Guide Gratuity

Frequently Asked Questions

Is lunch included?
Lunch is not included but is available to add on. Options include a sandwich lunch with snacks and fruit. Please bring your own water.
How many people are in this group?
Group hiking tours in Glacier National Park allow a maximum of 14 people and typically range between 8-12 people per group. If you're interested in a private hiking experience check out our Private Glacier National Park Tour or contact Glacier Tourbase directly.
What should I pack for a day hike in Glacier National Park?
Comfortable hiking shoes, at least 1-2 liter water bottle, backpack, rain gear, hat, and sunscreen. Weather can be varied so please be prepared with appropriate clothing, especially warm layers for potential snow and high winds. Binoculars are also very useful, but optional, as well as any field guides that interest you.
Will we see any wildlife in Glacier National Park?
Wildlife viewings in Glacier National Park are not uncommon, but there is no gurantee and sightings are not as frequent as in parks likes Yellowstone. If you're lucky you may spot bighorn sheep, mountains goats, moose, or a bear!
How long is the hike to Avalanche Lake?
The hike to Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park is about 5 miles roundtrip with a total elevation gain of 730 feet.
Will we drive any portion of Going-to-the-Sun Road?
The Avalanche Lake Trailhead is located along Going-to-the0Sun Road about 16 miles beyond the West Glacier entrance.

Quick Facts

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8h 00min

The minimum age for participants is 10 years old.


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