Sunday, July 18, 2010

Avalanche Lake and Avalanche Gorge, Glacier National Park, MT

Hot cocoa to get motivated in the morning....
Hiking is hard work.
Ranger Led Earth Science Hike

Avalanche Lake and Avalanche Gorge can be reached via a 4 mile round trip from the trailhead at Avalanche Campground. It's pleasant hiking along the creek, but there are no views to speak of until you reach the lake. the park guide walked fast, and it was hard for us city slickers to keep up. Avalanche Lake is pleasant, but not one of the most spectacular destinations in Glacier National Park. Worthwhile.
Ranger Led Hike. Glaciation....

South of the Avalanche Gorge footbridge on the Trail of the Cedars. Elevation climbs 500 feet
Avalanche lake hike Discover how the power of water and other geologic forces have shaped this unique environment on the way to glimmering Avalanche Lake. This hike gains 500 feet over 2 miles. Participants should wear hiking shoes and bring water and a snack or lunch to enjoy at the lake. Meet at the roadside parking lot on the Going to the Sun Road across from Avalanche Campground. 4 miles (6.4km) - 3½ hours
miles today: 4.5
animals we saw today: chipmunks
Then we went to Apgar Village and Lake McDonald and visited the Discovery Cabin