An early addition to the National Park Service (park #10), Glacier National Park in Montana turned 100 on May 11, 2010. The park is immense, with 1 million acres (4,047 km2), 300 lakes and a reach of 1,584 square miles (4,103 km2). The park is considered the centerpiece of a vast region of protected land that includes some 16,000 square miles (41,440 km2). The park features some 700 miles of hiking trails and supports all manner of outdoor activities, such as biking, boating, fishing, and horseback riding. There are 13 campgrounds that allow for roughly 1000 campsites. Other accommodation options include hotels, inns, lodges and motels. Part of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, this park has over 50 remaining glaciers and 130 named lakes under the tall Rocky Mountain peaks. There are historic hotels and a landmark road in this region of rapidly receding glaciers. These mountains, formed by an overthrust, have the world's best sedimentary fossils from the Proterozoic era.
This is considered the most popular trail in Glacier and I certainly understand why. You are walking through a temperate rainforest while walking past Avalanche Gorge, Avalanche acreek and finally, to the end of Avalanche Lake. Be sure to make the effort to go to the far end of the lake, it has a more attractive view.
Be sure to take some water and a lunch to enjoy at the lake.
Rebekah C. on Fish Lake Trail
Not a super great payout for the elevation gain plus there were mosquitos when we went to sit down by the lake. I'd go with another hike
Well maintained to the first half where you can view the lake. My mom and I continued on even though people told us it would be very hard! We enjoyed the trip down and loved how scenic and beautiful it was. Even venturing over and viewing the waterfall. There's a small trail that follows it on the north side. The hike back was strenuous but not too hard! A mountain goat was on the top part of the trail so we had to venture off and climb straight up to avoid running in to him! Took us 3 hours from start to finish
This is an awesome hike. If you take the boat to the Swift-current pass can reduce the total round trip to 7.5m-8miles. All through the hike the scenery is beautiful ! You also get to see the ice burgs floating in the water at the glacier. Worth all the hard work.
This is our 2nd time on this road, 1st time was in '09. I didn't get any video footage the 1st time, so I had to come back, it was just as busy as it was the 1st time. But we still enjoyed the experience. Being a Stephen King fan, and driving the road to the opening scene on "The Shining", I felt like a King.
After taking a southbound boat from the town of Waterton towards the Goat Haunt shoreline of Montana, we show our passports and start our hike, towards the Kootenai Lakes. An eight Kilometer return hike with minimal elevation gain, A nice hike for a sunny day, as we are in the shade for most of the trail, until we get to the Lakes. On the way back we climbed to a lookout called "Goat Haunt Overlook", it was a very steep ascend.
Starting from the Logan Pass Visitor Center this trail must get a vast amount of traffic during the peak period. Even in late September, it was pretty crowded. If you are there to do the Highline, it's worth a short miler to the overlook and back. It's a pretty lake, but there are plenty of others to behold in far quieter places.