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Avalanche Lake GNPWestern, MT
Western, MT
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2017
friendofThundergod
Hiking5.14 Miles 852 AEG
Hiking5.14 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.61 mph
852 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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This was my first hike of what is becoming my annual summer exodus from Arizona. This summer's exodus found me in the northern Rockies, where for just about a month I lived like a dirt bag hiker in and around Glacier National Park, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. I logged about 315 miles of trail during this time. However the majority of those miles were in Glacier and Waterton National Park just north of the border, where I logged about 250 miles of hiking and backpacking.

I spent significant time in some of the most remote areas of Glacier and did three separate solo backpacks, however, I also paid my dues on the "touristy" trails. Avalanche Lake is undoubtedly one of the park's touristy trails, however, as with the other popular trails, an early start is key. I started this hike at 5:15 a.m. and did not really see anyone until nearing the end.

The hike is very straightforward and the trail is to national park standard. The section along the "gorge" in the beginning is a real treat and very photogenic. The lake was nothing short of spectacular and featured several hundred plus feet waterfalls emptying into it. On the way back I took the other half of the Trail of Cedars Loop back to the trailhead and the short detour was well worth it.

Overall, Avalanche Lake makes for an ideal family trail, or trail for the less adventurous. However, trail is very popular and parking fills up quickly, so get an early start for some solitude and your own sanity, by 9 a.m. the trail will sound like Christmas.
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