Avalanche Lake, Glacier National Park

4.8
#1 of 52 in Trails in Montana
Avalanche Lake is located in Glacier National Park, in the U. S. state of Montana. Avalanche Lake is southwest of Bearhat Mountain and receives meltwater from Sperry Glacier. Avalanche Lake is a hike from the trailhead along the Trail of the Cedars.
Make Avalanche Lake a centerpiece of your Glacier National Park vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Glacier National Park journey planner.
Source
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Avalanche Lake
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Avalanche Lake Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
634 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • The day was overcast and chilly, which made the hike that much easier. The grade is easy to moderate. Plenty of evidence for why the area is called Avalanche. The lake is surrounding mountains, even o...  more »
  • The trail begins with Trail of the Cedars, which is a nice, flat trail on a wooden boardwalk. This section of the trail is actually a loop, so if you only wanted to do an easy hike, you’d walk the loo...  more »
  • This is our favorite hike on the West Side of Glacier. However, its not nearly as good as what you will hike or will have hiked at Logan Summit, St Mary/Virginia Falls, Many Glacier or Two Medicine Va...  more »
Google
  • Very impressive scenery at the end of this 2 hour hike! I can see why it's so popular. What a beautiful place to relax at and have lunch. Would definitely recommend this hike. If you don't like how crowded the trail/lake is then there are definitely more remote hikes. Admit that the trail was like a major highway in early July.
  • Gorgeous Lake!!! This is a must do while@ Glacier National parks. There are a few benches but bring a folding chair and you will be set. We wanted to spend more time here but had a schedule to follow. The hike was about 1.5 miles each way. The trail is easy and the view is Amazing!!!
  • This is one of the best and easiest hikes in Glacier National Park. Highly recommended although if you go late in the season (August) then expect there to be a lot of foot traffic. Wonderful forest hike with a great payoff at the end.
  • An absolutely stunning, massive, breathtaking vista. Plenty of places to sit down and relax, crystal-clear water, and world-class views. A must-see of Glacier National Park. Do the hike, visit Avalanche Lake, there's no chance you'll regret the time.
  • Upon entering Glacier National Park we asked Park Service to suggest a hike for the day and they recommended Avalanche Lake. Mostly easy trail, kid friendly, a lot of shade, beautiful walk along river at the beginning, beautiful lake at the end!
Places to stay near Avalanche Lake

Plan your trip to Glacier National Park

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Avalanche Lake by other users

10 days in Glacier National Park & Waterton Lakes National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 17 days in Glacier National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Glacier National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Glacier National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Glacier National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Glacier National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Glacier National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 42 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Montana BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Glacier National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Montana BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Montana BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans