The hike to Avalanche Lake begins from the Trail of the Cedars Trailhead, located 5.5 miles east of the Lake McDonald Lodge.
Avalanche Lake Trail is a half-day hike starting at the “Trail of the Cedars” then along the Avalanche Creek gorge. From there it winds upwards through the forest for 2 miles to Avalanche lake. The lake is rimmed with steep cliffs on three sides with numerous cascading waterfalls. You can continue the hike for 0.7 miles around to the other end of the lake.
May through October this trail is heavily trafficked but when you arrive at the lake the payoff is more than worth it, the view is spectacular and is one of our favorite hikes in Glacier.
This trail is a must hike.
Trail Location: Avalanche Creek/Trail of the Cedars
Roundtrip Length: 4.6 Miles
Total Elevation Gain: 730 Feet
Avg. Elev Gain / Mile: 324 Feet
Highest Elevation: 4031 Feet
Trail Difficulty Rating: moderate
Bathrooms: In Parking area, no facilities at the lake