Monday, March 30, 2009

Glacier National Park, Montana: Avalanche Lake

As easy hikes go, this is a pretty tough one. Leave the parking lot by Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, walk for an hour, going up more than 500 feet in altitude in the process.

Then you arrive at Avalanche Lake -- particularly in the late spring -- and say, "That wasn't so bad." This is a bathtub-shaped area. One end (shown) contains the Continental Divide, and the melting snow feeds the waterfalls that look like white ribbons. The other end feeds into a creek that goes into the massive Lake McDonald.

It might be worth a visit to the park all by itself. You won't want to leave.

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