Montana Hiking, Nature September 24, 2016
This Just Might Be The Most Beautiful Hike In All Of Montana
Outdoor lovers in Montana know there’s no better place to go for a hike than the Treasure State. And labeling something Montana’s most beautiful hike is a tall order, especially considering our diverse and stunning statewide terrain. But the Avalanche Lake Trail (via the Trail of the Cedars) is certainly worthy of a nomination for the title. It’s one of the top rated trails in our state, and for good reason.
The trail begins south of the Avalanche Gorge Footbridge on the Trail of Cedars. The trail begins and ends on Going-to-the-Sun Road, but it may be accessible even if the road is closed depending on the time of year.
The western segment of the loop is slightly shorter, but the eastern side is much more scenic. You’ll see 100 foot tall cedars and trees that are as old as 500 years.
This portion of the trail has a boardwalk and is handicapped accessible.
After turning onto the Avalanche Lake Trail you’ll encounter a short, steep climb. Soon you’ll arrive at the banks of Avalanche Creek, where you’ll have an up-close view of glacially melted water rushing down a narrow gorge.
After a total of 2.3 miles, you’ll reach the beautiful Avalanche Lake.
There you’ll find makeshift benches, a large beach area, and stunning views of Bearhat Mountain.
The hike is between 4 and 5 miles round trip, and every step is stunning. It’s accessible from May until the end of October.
This trail gets busy, but the crowds definitely taper off in September.
The trail itself is ranked as moderate, but you shouldn’t encounter anything extraordinarily difficult. Beginning hikers should note that it does get strenuous at times.
But the long walk to the lake is worth it.
This is such a beautiful hike in Montana. Here are some other beautiful trails worth taking.
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