username
X
password
register help

Avalanche Lake GNP, MT

details
drive
permit
forecast
route
stats
photos
triplogs
topics
location
297 10 0
Guide 10 Triplogs  0 Topics
Rated  Favorite Wish List MT > Western
Rated
4.1
4.1 of 5 by 8
 
0
Statistics
clicktap icons for details
Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,911 feet
Elevation Gain 505 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.53
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
feature photo
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
Inaugural Calculation on Button Tap!
2  2017-06-28 friendofThunderg
20  2017-06-16 Uncharted
20  2017-06-16 Uncharted
104  2014-07-09 New2hyk
3  2012-08-14 Sun_Ray
10  2011-07-12 seattlehiker
3  2009-08-21 gummo
7  2009-08-14 gummo
Page 1,  2
Author tibber
author avatar Guides 21
Routes 546
Photos 24,476
Trips 802 map ( 10,183 miles )
Age 63 Female Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Radar
Expand Map
Preferred   Jun, Sep, May, Jul → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:36am - 6:50pm
openimportsetbegin
Route Scout App
1722followactivity
Official Route
 
1 Alternative
 
Water
Fauna Nearby
Flora Nearby
Named place Nearby
Avalanche!
by tibber

The trailhead is located across the Going-To-The-Sun-Road from the Avalanche Campground at The Trail of the Cedars.


The trail actually begins as part of the Trail of the Cedars which winds through spectacular virgin stands of hemlock and western red cedar. Most of the trail is actually a boardwalk through the boggy woods. The forest is quite old, determined to have last suffered a fire in the early 1500s!

About a tenth of a mile, the trail breaks off to the right (just past the Gorge). Stay left at the next intersection to head up to the lake. Avalanche Lake Trail starts to ascend as soon as you leave the Trail of the Cedars. Total gain between the boardwalk and Avalanche lake is 500 feet. Actual altitude change on the rolling trail is closer to 1,000 feet.

A short climb later you come to a bit of a clearing where you can hear, and if you aren't afraid of heights, look over the edge at Avalanche Creek. If you stay on the trail you are plenty far away from the edge.

Near the lake the trail breaks out of the trees and you can see Bearhat Mountain on your left that forms the east wall of the valley while the west wall is formed by Mount Brown.

When you get to the lake you can't help but stop and look across at the huge cliffs across the way. Glacier water and lake water creates some of the most beautiful waterfalls (where some of them merge is called Monument Falls) cascading down to the lake from the hanging cirque valley formed by Sperry Glacier, which cannot be seen from the lake.

For those of you lucky enough to get to Avalanche Lake on a warm day soon after the trail opens in May, you will be treated to the sights and sounds of many avalanches, which is quite a sight if you have never seen one up close before.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your hike to support this local community.

2008-08-06 tibber
  • goat haunt map st mary map mcdonald map
    area related
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
Information is listed below

Glacier National Park
$30 per car(week), $12 bike/foot(week), $50 annual View Current Entrance Fees


Directions
Map Drive
or
Road
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
Take Going-To-The-Sun road through Glacier Park past Lake McDonald. After you pass Lake McDonald you will go about four more miles and will see signs for the Avalanche Lake trail and the Trail of Cedars off to your right. Parking is tight because it is a popular trail. If you can't find parking in the lot, there is a shuttle from Lake McDonald Lodge and for around $15 you can park in the campground; also on the right side of the road.
page created by tibber on Aug 06 2008 2:35 pm
help comment issue

end of page marker