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“Perfect forest trail leads to amazing lake”
Review of Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake
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Owner description: A popular hiking area within Glacier National Park.
Hickory, North Carolina
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252 reviews
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“Perfect forest trail leads to amazing lake”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Going to Sun Road was closed due to late season snow storm. Parked at Avalanche campground and started hike on Cedars trail. This loop trail is an easy stroll suitable for elderly as well among massive hemlock and cedars. Avalanche trail starts going uphill and runs along Avalanche creek. This was such a beautiful forest. There was large trees and beautiful boulders but hardly any undergrowth on the ground except for moss covered stones. On this day trail was extremely muddy from thunderstorm night before. Several spots you had no choice but to get your shoes soaked so proper shoes are needed. Came up on 2 different spots where an obvious avalanche had happened in recent past where trees were snapped like toothpicks. Steady uphill climb to lake and walking thru mud but you are rewarded with such a scenic and serene lake at the end surrounded by beautiful snow capped mountain. When we were here there were 3 massive waterfalls from snowmelt which added to the sights and sounds. If it weren't so muddy this would have been a fairly easy hike but by all means if you have the chance do this moderate hike.

Visited June 2014
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“A perfect hike”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

This was a great moderate hike with slow easy grade but the best part is the amount of traffic has created a nice trail that is easy on the feet even if you only have tennis shoes, but would recommend hiking boots. The early morning is the time to make the hike before it gets busy and warm. The trip up will take a couple of hours but from the head of the lake to the car only took 55min.

Beautiful and peacful setting and even have a port-a-potty at the top.

Visited July 2014
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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20 attraction reviews
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“beautiful hike”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

The best part of this hike is the very beginning and the very end. The path is very shaded and pretty easy. At the beginning you pass by a beautiful gorge where you are close to the river. The ending is a beautiful glacier lake where you can see waterfalls cascading down the mountains across the lake. Absolutely gorgeous.

Visited June 2014
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“A moderate hike shaded throughout that rewards with heartwarming beauty at the end”
Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

The elevation climb was slightly more difficult than anticipated but the trail is rated between easy and moderate.
A surprise to us was how shaded the trail was. He trees and other plants kept the sun at bay for most of the time. Although I kept my hat on it was unnecessary for this hike.
You will encounter several ooohhhh moments during the hike and then come upon the end when you will be rewarded with a grand view of a bowl shaped mountain with a small lake with cold cold water. We found a shaded spot and had lunch admiring the beauty of the mountain.
I think the round trip was about six miles but well worth the time and energy. Lots of people even decided to wade into the cold water. Me, I wanted to keep dry. :)

Visited June 2014
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“Great first hike”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

This is a good hike to start young children hiking and to get your legs moving before taking on the higher altitude hikes. My 11 yr old granddaughter loved it. There is enough variety on the trail to keep it interesting and is not too strenuous or long. Start early and take food for a nice break at the lake.

Visited July 2013
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