Fall Day Hike - Avalanche Lake


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SINGLE DAY COURSE: ALL FALL – Come explore Glacier’s Avalanche Lake during the fall. We will be hiking one of most popular trails in Glacier.

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Fall Day Hike - Avalanche Lake

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Fall Day Hike – Avalanche Lake
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us during fall on 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. This boardwalk portion winds through an ancient forest, thick with western red cedars and western hemlocks. We will witness the incredible colors from the changing aspens, cottonwoods, and Rocky Mountain maples. 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.

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

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

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

Park Entrance Fees: Participants are responsible for purchasing their park entry passes prior to the course. These can be purchased online at:

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

Did you know Glacier Institute members receive a 10% discount?