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.

Avalanche Lake

Glacier National Park, MT
+1 406-888-7800
Review Highlights
Nice hike for those on the west side of the park

We got to the trailhead parking around 7am, which is what you should aim to do in the summer. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Caribou, Maine
Slow but steady up and back

At our recent visit to Glacier National Park, my wife was recovering from a total hip replacement... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
Columbus, Ohio
Read all 608 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
A popular hiking area within Glacier National Park.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Glacier National Park, MT
+1 406-888-7800
Write a Review
Reviews (608)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 582 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got to the trailhead parking around 7am, which is what you should aim to do in the summer. The first part of the hike is actually the Trail of Cedars loop hike. It is mostly flat. We went up the right side first. Coming...More

1  Thank Bob_Adventure_2000
Reviewed 14 September 2017

At our recent visit to Glacier National Park, my wife was recovering from a total hip replacement and was in her ninth week post-op with rehab. She decided we wound try the hike up to Avalanche Lake about 2 plus miles each way, coming and...More

Thank jonmcwhite
Reviewed 13 September 2017

SInce the hike to Avalanche Lake is one of the most accessible day hikes in Glacier, it is frequently very busy - lots of families, especially. We recommend parking at Apgar, if you are entering the park from the west, and taking the shuttle to...More

Thank Nemo1921
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Avalanche lake trail was pretty good although very crowded. One of the most popular trail in glacier national park mainly due to the high level of accessibility provided and the amazing views that are an hour away.

Thank BarkShadeau
Reviewed 6 September 2017

BUsy place, but we did the trail of the cedars walk which was very pretty and worth the time out of the car to wander around the woods

Thank kiwiaz
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Loved this trail to Avalanche lake, very easy and not too long. Saw a black bear from the other side of the river! Eventually you get to the lake and it is a wow feeling. It also so calm there and many spots to sit...More

Thank Nada L
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Moon's 2017 edition of "Glacier National Park" rates this as one of the best day hikes in the park. 6.1 miles round trip with just a 477' elevation gain. Easy slowly ascending uphill hike to the lake that most people will complete in 75 to...More

Thank 505badgolfer
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

We did this hike Sunday our first day in the park. Because of the fires I suggest going early to avoid the smoke that fills in as the day warms. Also hike to the very end of the trail best views of the mountains.

Thank LoveToHaveFun50
Reviewed 29 August 2017

After a beautiful hike with the whole family, we got to the most beautiful, inspiring lake. Glaciers all around. Amazing views the whole way. Our family of 8 all made it. From 8 years old to over 50.

Thank Shalom R
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This is a beautiful lake not any prettier than some others in the park. It is very busy. Going early or later in the day is better. Parking is difficult. Try parking in the small parking lot on the way to the campground.

Thank TucsonFamilytraveler
Nearby Restaurants
Russell's Fireside Dining Room at Lake McDonald Lodge
375 reviews
8.07 km away
Glacier Highland Restaurant
326 reviews
22.92 km away
Bypass Restaurant and Lounge
6 reviews
27.34 km away
Johnson's Cafe
463 reviews
28.45 km away
Nearby Attractions
Hidden Lake
548 reviews
6.87 km away
Highline Trail
403 reviews
6.98 km away
Logan Pass
1,003 reviews
6.36 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
18 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Kristen B | Reviewed this property |
This particular hike took several hours. I'd plan for at least 4-5.
5 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from yalibrarian | Reviewed this property |
I second Avalanche Lake. A tad crowded, but get there in the morning and it won't be too bad. I'd find time to get over to Many Glacier on the west side and hike Grinnel Glacier after hiking around the lakes. Stunning!
7 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Ckells07 | Reviewed this property |
No, you cannot see a glacier on avalanche trail. However, the trail is stunning and there are several waterfalls to view.