Avalanche Lake Trail: Scenic Family Hike in Glacier National Park

Go on a memorable journey through lush forests to the breathtaking Avalanche Lake, surrounded by majestic peaks and waterfalls, suitable for all ages.

Last updated: May 2024

    Free access to the trail; park entrance fees apply.


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  1. Start at the Avalanche Lake trailhead near Lake McDonald Lodge.
  2. Follow the Trail of Cedars until you reach the Avalanche Lake junction.
  3. Continue on the Avalanche Lake Trail, enjoying the views of Avalanche Gorge.
  4. Reach Avalanche Lake and explore the shoreline.
  5. Return via the same path or explore further along the lake's edge.



West Glacier, MT 59936

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  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water and snacks
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
  • Rain gear (weather can change quickly)
  • Bear spray (recommended for safety)

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