Avalanche Gorge | Glacier National Park

The hike up to Avalanche Lake has an exhilarating start (and end) as Avalanche Creek takes a loud and fast route down through Avalanche Gorge. The glacier water is a beautiful sight as the turquoise water rushes through narrow, carved rock, giving the area a must stop at both the beginning and end of your hike.

The photo below is toward the end of the gorge from the bridge that is apart of the ‘Trail of the Cedars.’

Avalanche Gorge | © Jay Moore Photography

Hiking Insight: This is a very popular trail and is considered a somewhat easier hike within GNP, as it’s roughly 4 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 600 feet. This is a great afternoon hike, as the main cliffs that surround the lake faces west, so starting the hike at or after lunch time is recommended. This is also a great hike to combine with another smaller hike that can be taken in the morning, such as Hidden Lake near Logan Pass.

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park: A Complete Recreation Guide) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park) and I highly suggest purchasing them both before your visit.

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.

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