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Avalanche Lake Trail
in Glacier National Park

4 miles round trip

The trail begins at the Trail of the Cedars Trailhead and follows the Trail of the Cedars Trail to the Avalanche Lake Trail.

Kids at Avalanche Lake

Bears are known to be in this area so make lots of noise as you hike and do not hike alone. As you begin your hike to the lake, Avalanche Creek passes through a beautiful canyon of red argillite rock. Carry a camera to capture the color and shapes of this scenic area. Avalanche Lake is located in a narrow valley created by long-ago glaciers. Surrounded on three sides by spectacular peaks forming a bowl shape, the lake takes on the appearance of a mirror resting at the bottom of the bowl.
Looking toward the north, Heavens Peak is beautifully framed by Avalanche Creek Valley.

Waterfall at the southern end of Avalanche Lake

The three waterfalls at the southern end of Avalanche Lake
Looking south toward the three waterfalls at the end of Avalanche Lake.