Avalanche Lake via the Trail of the Cedars

MODERATE 396 reviews
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Avalanche Lake via the Trail of the Cedars is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Essex, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
715 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

Start south of Avalanche Gorge Footbridge on Trail of Cedars; gradual climb through old growth cedars and hemlock forest along roaring stream to glacial melt lake fed by waterfalls from the surrounding bowl, wildlife - deer, bear. May be accessible if Going to Sun road is closed. Adjacent to Avalanche campground area. Avalanche campground in located in one of the most popular sections of Glacier National Park west of the Continental Divide. The campground is situated within old growth cedar and hemlock trees, keeping the area cool during the summer months. The campground accommodate tent and RV campers, however only 50 sites will accommodate vehicle lengths up to 26 feet. Potable water is accessible in the campground, and restroom facilities are equipped with flush toilets and sinks with running water. Bring your hiking boots and binoculars if you are staying at Avalanche Campground. Two popular day hikes, Trail of the Cedars, and Avalanche Lake, afford visitors spectacular scenery and glimpses of birds and wildlife that inhabit the area. Plant enthuisiasts will appreciate the diverse species of flora.

Busy trail, but the lake at the end is worth it!

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17 days ago

Nice and somewhat easy hike! It was extremely busy but that did not stop us from enjoying it. Once we hit Avalanche Lake we took a little break, dipped our toes in the water and enjoyed the beautiful scenery!

hiking
20 days ago

Easy hike with great views on the beginning and end of the trail! Avalanche Lake is well worth it!

20 days ago

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21 days ago

Great hike, fast and easy. Lake was gorgeous. Fishing was slow but successful.

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2 months ago

Nice, easy trail to some really cool views. If you can go in the fall, it's quieter with less people.

2 months ago

easy trail, dusty and very overused. beautiful destination hike.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Very well maintained trail with some fantastic waterfall views. The uphill stretches are not too bad and I would recommend this trail for all skill levels. Views at the lake are unreal! I would suggest finding a parking spot early as it fills up pretty quick.

2 months ago

2 months ago

great trail

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Lots of variety...big cedars, waterfall, rushing stream, beautiful tranquil lake. Enjoyed this hike with our family. Good "training" hike before trying difficult hikes. Spend some time by the lake and by the falls. Beautiful.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Bit crowded, but that's because it's a very accessible hike with some beautiful scenery. Highly recommended

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2 months ago

stunning. I have done this trail many times and it's always gorgeous. the gorge at the start is incredible, as well as the walk through the old trees on the boardwalk.