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Avalanche Lake Guided Day Hike In Glacier National Park

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Want to experience Glaicer’s most popular hike without the hassle of getting a vehicle reservation for Going-to-the-sun Road or worrying about parking? Look no further, we’ve got you.

Imagine embarking on a breathtaking adventure along the Avalanche Lake trail in an intimate setting (no more than 14 per group) with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. Your journey begins at the Trail of the Cedars trailhead, where you'll be surrounded by the lushness of the ancient forest, with towering western red cedars and western hemlocks creating a serene atmosphere.

As you continue along the trail, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring sights of avalanche blowdown, massive glacial erratics, and a glacier-fed cirque basin that will leave you misty-eyed with wonder. Your knowledgeable and experienced guide from the Glacier Institute will provide in-depth education on wildlife, geology, and ecology, enriching your hiking experience with fascinating insights into the park's natural wonders.

While the hike involves a total distance of around 5 miles and an elevation gain of 730 feet, rest assured that the pace and difficulty level will be accommodating to most hikers. At the end of the day, you'll come away with a deep appreciation for the natural wonders of Glacier National Park and a sense of accomplishment from completing this popular hike.

Why Join This Hiking Tour?

  • Skip The Challenges - None of the normal headaches of getting a vehicle reservation pass or trying to find parking at Avalanche Lake at 10AM.
  • Beautiful Vistas - You'll have the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of Glacier National Park, from the stunning Lake McDonald at the beginning of the hike to the breathtaking Avalanche Lake and its surrounding scenery.
  • Amazing Guides - We can already tell you'll like them! Your knowledgeable guide will share information about the wildlife, geology and history of the area along the way, deepening your appreciation for Glacier and helping you feel safe along the hike.

Looking For Less Hiking?

If you're looking to experience Going-to-the-sun Road and Logan Pass more of a sightseeing mindset and only doing shorter hikes to scenic points, we've got you covered with this guided tour stopping at all the major points of interest.

Looking For More Hiking?

If you want to spend more time on the trail we'd recommend you checkout the following guided hike.

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.
  • Must buy a Glacer pedestrian entry pass prior to arrival (this is not a vehicle reservation, as that is included in the tour)
  • This guided hike is available to book through the fall (Oct/Nov) weather depedant.

What's Included

Expert Guide
Roundtrip Transportation From Meeting Point To Avalanche Lake
Education on Wildlife, Ecology and Geology of Area
Park Entry Fee (purchase on your own beforehand)
Optional Gratuities

Frequently Asked Questions

How big is the group we'll be hiking with?
We like to keep our hiking groups personable and comfortable so the maximum size is 14 people. A typical group size is 8-12. If you'd like to book a fully private hike for just your group we can often accomodate private groups. Please reach out by phone (406-200-8325) or email ([email protected]) to inquire.
What should I pack for a day hike in Glacier National Park?
It's important to be prepared for changing weather conditions and potential emergencies. Here's a list of 10 essential items to pack: 1) Rain Jacket 2) Hat & Gloves 3) Mid-layer of fleece or puffy jacket 4) 1-2 liters of water 5) Snacks and food 6) Sun protection 7) Bug Spray 8) Bear Spray 9) First Aid Kit 10) Camera
How long is the Avalanche day hike?
The Avalanche Lake hike in Glacier National Park is around 5 miles / Total elevation gain: 730 feet.
Why is it called Avalanche Lake?
As you hike towards the lake you'll see large avalanche slide paths on the mountain to your left. Avalanche Lake was named in 1895 by a party including Dr. Lyman Sperry, namesake of the Sperry Glacier, who witnessed many avalanches during their stay.
Can I expect to see wildlife during the hike, and what measures are taken to ensure safety with wildlife?
Seeing wildlife is a definite possibility on the hike. Different parts of the part provide opportunities to see different types of animals such as deer, big horn sheep, goats, ducks and other aviary species, bears, marmots and more. Traveling as a group is a great way to avoid confrontations with bears. Make noise, carry bear spray and give wildlife plenty of space to enjoy their natual habitat.

Quick Facts

Glacier Park

8h 00min

The minimum age for participants is 10 years old.


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