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Lovely trail constantly splattered with dog excrements, despite the free poop bag dispenser and conveniently located trash can. Stroller and river access. Forested and open areas. Great year round, depending if you prefer your dog poop on a white background. Can get partially flooded in spring with lots of mosquitoes. Owls, otters, great blue herons, waterfowl, did I mention dog crap?

walking
muddy
13 hours ago

I love walking with my husband here. It's an easy walk plus you got the river on one side. I enjoy watching the ducks playing.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 day ago

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Magnificent. Parking early will make life easier for you as it fills up fast. Starting out in the Cedars is an amazing experience as their scent is everywhere. As you go forward the trail rises and falls with some very lights obstacles. When you reach the lake, the view is stunning with mountains on all sides. If you continue around the south side of the lake, you will reach a pebbly area where you can stretch out and enjoy the turquoise lake and even swimm a bit. watch the quick drop off while wading in. I rate this relaxing end of Avalanche Lake as one of my most memorable locations.

My husband and I did this hike two days ago and holy cow! The views in the winter earn it a five star rating. However, the road closures increase the distance significantly. In total, the hike to Avalanche gorge and the lake was an 18.5 there and back hike. It took us 8 hours because we stopped to look at some of the views on the way up. Snowshoes are an absolute must for everything but the first/last two miles of the hike.

Very slushy/icy this time of year but great views and a good time.

good to kill some time

Nice trail on a day when you need an easier hike close to town. The trail is frequented often, even in the snow, so everything is packed down nicely. The road up stays decently maintained due to the houses. The creek is melted out and a great pit stop for pups to drink.

I snowshoed this trail yesterday. Signs of backcountry ski tracks. Otherwise, no creatures were insight, human or animal. It was a perfect winter experience, aesthetically beautiful and serene, plus a fabulous aerobic workout!

hiking
snow
9 days ago

Still lots of snow, but beautiful on a sunny day. The trail is packed down enough that you don't sink through snow and locating the trail is easy, but rarely traveled so there were no other footprints or people in sight. I didn't have time to complete the whole loop, but conditions were good the first third of the left trail. Park down below the houses, the road up isn't plowed and is blocked by large snow mounds, but honestly the trail where the road usually is was a great addition to the hike, I often forgot I was on a road at all.

Has anyone done this trail in March? I did this trail with my husband last summer 2018. Absolutely breathtaking upon arrival at lake. we had 6 waterfalls to amaze us! colors of the lake are phenomenal! Does anyone have info on status of any of the trails in west Glacier? Also, Bear info? any sightings yet? I know Yellowstone had its first grizzly sighting a few days ago. Please advise?

Perfect sunny winter day to snowshoe! The last one mile road to the trailhead was snowed it so we had to park alongside the road and walk in. We made it to the bridge before turning around which was 9 miles total. The trail was beautiful!

hiking
snow
12 days ago

We went this weekend and on Saturday and we weren’t able to make it to the Falls because the snow was so deep, we kept falling through and it was up to our hips. We decided to come back on Sunday with snowshoes and it was a night and day difference. The snow was more packed down and we didn’t need snow shoes... Snow is starting to melt, and so is the falls, so I recommend going soon if you want to see the falls in its frozen glory

Absolutely breathtaking!!!

hiking
snow
13 days ago

I need to remember how easy and beautiful Blue Mountain is in the winter. 7 degrees with no base layer, cold legs for a while!

7/20/16 Easy trail for kids and all adults. well worth the trek... Waterfall and mountain views everywhere.

hiking
snow
15 days ago

I didn’t finish the hike because I started late but what I did hike was beautiful. I was pleasantly surprised that snow on the trail was packed down the whole way. Didn’t even need snowshoes. From what I can tell, someone periodically goes out with a sled to pack it down. Plus the view on the way back was absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to get an earlier start and finish it!

Beautiful, snow packed, creek running in some places!

Favorite trail of all time. We did it easily with a 4 and 6 year old through the snow half way up. The rest of the way was wild flowers and incredible views. look for big horned sheep, mountain goats, and ground squirrels. Take hiking poles for mud and snow and be in the parking lot at 5am unless you want to fight for spots to park.

hiking
15 days ago

Nice hike that shows the city of Missoula. Plenty of switchbacks and a place to sit at on the top. I would recommend to anyone just based on how short the hike is.

trail running
16 days ago

Love this trail. Conditions were stellar this evening. Snow on trail, but packed. I ran with micro spikes and it was ideal. There is a deer carcass right in the middle of trail after the split if you head right. Be mindful of that I guess.

Great little in town walk. Good place to take visitors. City views are impressive.

hiking
16 days ago

Good trail for families. Weeping Wall is beautiful in the winter when it freezes. Nice quiet walk weekday winter mornings. Bring the cross country skis.

Beautiful views!

hiking
snow
22 days ago

We did this in February on snowshoes. It was a bit of a bear. Do not believe the signs. It is always a little further than they say. If you don't mind that, it's worth the view at the lookout. That's the reason we went. Took about 4 hours with 7 people (several breaks for our group).

hiking
1 month ago

Decent trail but ALWAYS busy

My go to hiking trail. This is great for any one that wants to go on a 1-2 hour hike. I recommend going up the steeper side(it’s not the steep though) and then go down the easier side. During the winter ice forms everywhere, but you can go around it in most places. Great for off leash dogs, but be careful with your dog because about 5 minutes from the parking lot you have to cross a road. So watch for cars there.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail that takes a decent amount of time to complete. Even during the winter the trail has enough traffic that the snow on the trail gets packed down. The view from up top is average.

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