We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Glacier National Park, MT
Website
Description:

A popular hiking area within Glacier National Park.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 509 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 354
    Excellent
  • 118
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Great hike and scenery

We loved this hike. There is a daily guided ranger tour and we decided to take advantage of this. It is a beautiful treed hike which begins at the trail of tall cedars and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
sunflowerinde
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

509 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 487: English reviews
Goodland, Kansas
Level Contributor
37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Avalanche Lake is gorgeous but the congestion and inadequate parking significantly detract from the experience. For similar distance and scenery, I recommend Lower Grinnell Lake out of Many Glacier. If you go to Avalanche Lake, consider arriving at sunrise OR take one of the shuttle buses.

Helpful?
Thank goodland2319
Level Contributor
20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved this hike. There is a daily guided ranger tour and we decided to take advantage of this. It is a beautiful treed hike which begins at the trail of tall cedars and wanders which along a stream before heading upwards. We stopped a number of times on the way to the lake to hear about the history and... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank sunflowerinde
Level Contributor
27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

4 of us (mid 20's) made the hike from the Trail of the Cedars to Avalanche Lake. It was only 2 miles there and 2 miles back, but for those of us that we out of shape, it seemed much longer. Luckily we kept passing people that were heading back from the lake that kept telling us the view was... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Y8368OZsamantha
Cleveland, Ohio
Level Contributor
34 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Not to long of a hike with beautiful creek and mountain views on the way. Be very alert for bears, and try to avoid hiking alone. The lake is beautiful but is fed from snow so is very cold.

Helpful?
Thank adamreebel
Lafayette
Level Contributor
47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

This hike has everything -- it's long and challenging enough to get a good work out -- easy enough that most children will not give up -- waterfalls on the way up -- and a breathtaking view at the end -- finding a parking place can be challenging particularly during high season so go earlier in the day -- the... More 

Helpful?
Thank bmac1260
Marne, Michigan
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

This was an easier hike than grinell or highline. People of all ages were doing this hike. Great for families & even older folks if they take a few breaks . It is mostly wooded so on a warm day it feels cool in the shade. Pretty rock formations, & really cool huge trees & the lake & mountains at... More 

Helpful?
Thank Joaner1
Athens, United States
Level Contributor
190 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We had planned to hike the highline but a very early snow closed Logan pass for the rest of our stay. A ranger at lake McDonald lodge advised us to do this on the foggy/might snow/chilly day instead. Boy, am I glad she did. We arrived to beautiful fog rolling away from the mountains and stood with a handful of... More 

Helpful?
Thank Elizabeth W
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
20 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We choose this hike as our last one in Glacier. The trail starts along the Trail of the Cedars, which is a boardwalk type trail surrounded by gorgeous trees. About half-way on the boardwalk is a beautiful gorge, with the rocks weathered smooth by the running water. Continuing up up the actual trail, you will follow alongside Avalanche Creek, which... More 

Helpful?
Thank mdurf
Fernie, Canada
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This was a great hike that wasn't difficult but got your heart rate up. Lots of beautiful waterfalls along the trail that ran right through the forest. Saw people of all ages from baby to elderly enjoying the hike so it's great for everyone. Once we got to the lake we didn't want to leave it was so gorgeous!! Would... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank mandaboulding
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
83 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

In late September this trail is a blessing. We did this at 4pm in the last week of September and allowed 2 hours for the return trip. Sunset was due about 7pm and we were back at the road by 6.15pm. The difference between this hike and others in the park are that this is mostly in the forest. It... More 

Helpful?
Thank 367john

Travellers who viewed Avalanche Lake also viewed

Glacier National Park, MT
Glacier National Park, MT
 
Glacier National Park, MT
Glacier National Park, MT
 

Been to Avalanche Lake? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Avalanche Lake and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from Avalanche Lake staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?