Avalanche Lake Guided Day Hike

One of the most popular hikes in Glacier National Park!

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Distance

up to 5 Miles

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Elevation Gain

730 Feet

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Difficulty

Moderate

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Cost Per Person

$150

Hike Overview

Daily, June – September: Avalanche is one of the most popular hikes in Glacier National Park! After traveling past the gorgeous Lake McDonald, we will begin our educational hike at the lush Trail of the Cedars trailhead. We will continue climbing along the Avalanche Lake trail.

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Avalanche Lake Guided Day Hike

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Educational Guided Tour

Daily, June – September: Join us on one of the most popular hikes in Glacier National Park! After traveling up to iconic Logan Pass, we will venture back down the Going-to-the-Sun towards Lake McDonald. We will begin our mid-day educational hike at the lush Trail of the Cedars trailhead. This boardwalk portion winds through an ancient forest, thick with western red cedars and western hemlocks. We will then continue climbing along the Avalanche Lake trail, getting a chance to marvel at avalanche blowdown, massive glacial erratics, and a glacier-fed cirque basin that leaves every hiker misty-eyed. This day program will provide in-depth education on wildlife, geology, and ecology.

Physical Requirements: Total Distance (roundtrip): up to 5 miles / Total elevation gain: 730 feet

Meeting Place: Glacier Institute, 320 Nucleus Ave, Columbia Falls, MT 59912

Food: Please bring a trail lunch, plenty of water and snacks for the day.

Park Entrance Fees: Participants are responsible for purchasing their park entry passes prior to the course. These can be purchased online at: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74280

Equipment: Most importantly, bring comfortable hiking shoes, at least 1-2 liter water bottle, backpack, rain gear, hat, and sunscreen. Weather can be varied, especially at the varying elevations of Logan Pass, so please be prepared with appropriate clothing, especially warm layers for potential snow and high winds. Binoculars are very useful, but optional, as well as any field guides that interest you.

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What to Expect On Your Avalanche Lake Guided | Day Hike

Join us on one of the most popular hikes in Glacier National Park! After traveling up to iconic Logan Pass, we will venture back down the Going-to-the-Sun towards Lake McDonald. The hiking distance covers up to 5 miles and 730 elevation change.

Hike Details

  • This Glacier Institute program meets at 320 Nucleus Ave, Columbia Falls.
  • The program will begin 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Hiking distance covers up to 5 miles with 730 feet elevation change.
  • On-site parking available.
  • There is a maximum number of 14 hikers per trip.
  • This program has a minimum guest count of 3 people. In the unlikely case we don’t reach that number, you will be notified prior to the event.

What to Bring

Please remember that weather in NW Montana during all seasons can change quickly from warm and sunny to freezing at any time of the year. We recommend checking the weather prior to your trip. Please also check your course information sheet for specific gear requirements in addition to those listed below.

  • Lightweight hiking boots or a sturdy pair of hiking shoes
  • 2 liter sized water bottle or Camelback
  • Day Pack with plastic bag liner or cover
  • Waterproof rain jacket and pants
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant & lip balm
  • Camera (optional)
  • Trekking poles, if you like to use them for hiking (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Field Notebook notes and sketches

Download complete checklist here