West Glacier, MT
The Avalanche Lake Trail is one of the most popular hikes in Glacier, due to its gentle grade and spectacular destination. Hikers seeking solitude should go elsewhere, since throngs of bearbell-bedecked tourists are a given at the height of the season. The hike begins on the Trail of the Cedars, a boardwalk that winds between boles of huge cedars and cottonwoods to Avalanche Gorge. The gorge was formed by the force of a stream cutting down through argillite beds, creating fantastic bowls and chutes in the rock. The spray from small waterfalls provides the moisture needed to sustain the profusion of mosses that drape the rocks surrounding the gorge. Water ouzels fly along the watercourse, occasionally diving into the churning water, emerging unharmed to execute “pushups” on the rocks along the stream.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||West Glacier|
|Elevation Gain||505 ft|
|Duration||2 - 4 hours|
|Season||Best spring through fall|
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