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Absolutely beautiful trail, perfect for a leisurely hike.

Avalanche lake is a beautiful hike! The trail is built for lots of people so it is fairly wide. The river runs along the trail majority of the way! Once you get to the lake, keep going to the other side! Only one other person was there. We had a deer that came so close we could almost pet it! Very cool and quiet! Started around 7am and there were only a few others on the trail! The parking lot fills up by 8am! Passed lots of people on the way down! Lots of families! Go early if you want some peace and quiet! Definitely recommend!

This would be a good hike for a family that couldn't do the harder and longer hikes. But that's only if you're prepared -- it's still almost a 6 mile hike. As people are saying, it is very crowded so I'd start no later than 7-7:30 am. if you don't want to see people. (Although I don't think many people will be allowed on this trail for quite some time due to the fires in the west right now.) Still a beautiful lake and worth doing if you're in the area.

Beautiful hike, pretty easy. My old St. Bernard handled it well with nice lakes to stop at for him to cool off. A lot of char from fires last year but still super pretty. Falls are worth every step.

Beautiful. Lots of traffic. For a short hike this has exceptional views. I love the entire journey through the forest not just the view at the end :).

Perfect family hike— 8 year olds enjoyed. The waterfalls are beautiful.

Hiked to Avalanche Lake.
This hike was tied in with the trail of Cedars hike. The old growth trees all the way to the lake are just incredible. There are three different types as you can see in the photographs. A fairly easy hike that can be used as a recovery day between the tough ones.
If you swim in the lake, check your toes when you get out for leeches. The water is not very active so they can find you very easily

crowded, but beautiful

This is a great in town walk. I would never call it a hard hike, more moderate in my eyes. Many different trails to enjoy that run into each other

Beautiful Hike! Too crowded later in the day for my taste but stunning, just stunning!

Nice and mellow if you want it to be, but can be technical and challenging. Pick good lines and go before it gets hot. Awesome place but easy to spend more time than anticipated.

This is such a stunning hike. It climbs through forest along a river with rapids and waterfalls. Eventually you pass an avalanche area and then you come to Avalanche Lake which is a true gem. The water is crystal clear and bright blue. The mountains surrounding it are stunning and there are tons of waterfalls cascading down the cliffs. Truly lovely.

You can continue past the initial viewpoint for another mile or so to see more of the lake. I recommend it. Every angle offers something new.

This was a very nice hike. Watched a black bear foraging across the lake. Good view at the lake of the falls. Worth the extra hike to the top of the lake for a nice view. Got to the trail head by 7:30am for parking, light traffic on the trail at that time. Very traffic heading to the lake on my return. Returned from the hike at 10:30, and the parking was full.

Definitely a quick and easy hike, but very, very popular and crowded. I am amazed that the trail is as wide as it is and people still do not understand the concept of treat it like a two lane US Hwy (we are in the US, so keep to your right). If it narrows, yield to the hikers coming UP. This is an easy hike, which means trail runners use it, so be aware and move out of the way. It is about courtesy.

Great hike! Mostly flat trail with a lake along the way and a pretty waterfall at the end. Low traffic and we got the waterfall area to ourselves.

The creek at the beginning of the hike is beautiful. An easy hike with beautiful views at the lake.

Wonderful trail hike beautiful scenery. Trail is heavily trafficked but well worth the effort. Culminates with outstanding lake views. Must do in Glacier.

This hike was amazing!!! It’s a very quick and easy hike up to heart lake (I am not a super frequent backpacker and weigh around 200lb so REALLY it’s an easy hike) the beginning is pretty much 2.5 miles of flat with about a 1/2 mile of elevation gain and then maybe another 1/2 mile to the lake. there are plenty of camping sights, we stayed at one at the very end that was fantastic. There are lots of mountain goats so pee far away from camp unless you want big, white, huffing visitors in the night. Great spot for first time backpackers or for a day hike. 10/10 planning to go back soon.

P.S. the map that this site gives you through google is kind of crazy. I would recommend just googling the hike, every other site recommends I-90 exit 47 for superior onto diamond match road and then you follow that 30miles to the hike, much easier!

Absolutely beautiful and so worth it! 5.8 miles but our teenagers and 8 & 6 year olds did it. Bring your water shoes and bathing suits so you can get in the water. It's kid friendly since the nearest portion of the lake is really shallow. Looks like paradise!

Parking is way better in the afternoon.

We went in the afternoon and the parking was not bad. Great hike , worth the effort.

8/7-8/9/18. Easy hike, 30 pound pack made it more moderate. Beautiful trail that is well maintained. Stayed at Heart lake for 2 nights, lots of great campsites. Day hiked to Pearl, its not as pretty as Heart. The Mt. Goats were awesome!! Had 7 of them come into our campsite, not aggressive, just hung out for a little bit. Lots of little furry creatures, my dog finally caught her chipmunk. Not too busy during the week. Bugs weren't too bad with spray. The hike to Pearl is easy to miss it goes straight up from the trail, if you hit the marshy section you've gone to far. It was only about .5 mile from Heart. 2 fitbits logged 4 miles to the site we camped. Only 1.5 miles to hit Pearl and back. 9ish miles total for both lakes.

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Horse Ford, about 1.3 miles in, is absolutely beautiful. That’s a gradual downhill for about 1.3 miles until you get to Gunsight Trail. Gunsight is slightly overgrown but follows St. Mary river and is nice. The Florence falls 0.6 mike (1.2 our and back) Trail is VERY overgrown, so much so that it was tough to see my own feet at times. The falls are beautiful though.

Very easy hike good for all ages. Views of the lake are stunning!

This was a great flat hike, there was some elevation as you approach the waterfall but easy for little kids to hike. The scenery to the waterfall was not so pretty due to the forest fire from 2017 but the end of the trail was well worth the hike. I found some mushrooms and new growth along the way

most popular hike in the park, it is nice but too crowded

Classic Glacier National Park out-and-back up a tight ravine to Avalanche Lake. Involves a little rockiness and climbing but manageable for most people in good health. Fairly crowded: get to the trailhead by 8am in peak season if you want a parking space to avoid riding the shuttle. Waterfalls plunging toward Avalanche Lake are nice but in the mountain's shadows in the morning. Overall, one of the "must-do" hikes in Glacier National Park.

Beautiful hike with an even more beautiful payoff at the end! Bring a picnic and wade in the water once you get up there. We did see pit toilets close to the end but don’t know what they were like. It’s pretty rocky once you get past the boardwalk; watch your footing. Really, the only downside was there were a lot of people using the trail, but it wasn’t that bad.

Great hike roughly 2hr round trip with slow steady speed;) Go early before sun hits mountain!

This hike was incredible! There are some steep parts that give you a good workout, but plenty of spots to take a breather (and snap some beautiful photos). The entire trail is gorgeous with a refreshing breeze from the creek that the path follows for part of the way. Avalanche Lake was amazing and there is a view of three waterfalls in the distance. Many families stopped for a swim as well. If you're going to be in West Glacier, I highly recommend this hike.

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