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Glacier National Park Off The Beaten Path: 21 reviews and 55 photos
The hike to Avalanche Lake is an easy 2 mile (3.2 km) one way with an elevation gain of only 500 feet (152 meters). The hike meanders through an evergreen forest and passes by many large Drop Stones and eventually makes its way to the lake.
Once you get to the lake you will be greeted by 3 extremely tall waterfalls and a very serene lake. The waterfalls, as best I can tell are called Avalanche Basin Falls and Monument Falls. These falls are both sited as being over 1500 feet (457 meters). Depending on your definition of a waterfall you may have a differing opinion.
One thing is for sure though; this lake is a noisy place to be. The water cascading down the cliffs opposite the access point make for a constant roar. Capturing the lake and falls in a good picture proved to be a difficult task for me since the lake is socked in by fog more than it isn't.
To access Avalanche Lake drive about 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Lake McDonald and find the well defined Avalanche parking area. From there take the 'Trail of the Cedars' to the cutoff trail and pass Avalanche Creek Falls along the 2 mile (3.2 km) hike to the lake.
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