Pacific Northwest - Day 9 - Glacier Natl. Park - Avalanche Lake, Johns Lake, McDonald Falls
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Another day in the impressive Glacier National Park. Today we had planned some shorter visits. We started the day enjoying some stunning outlooks over Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park.
Then we headed out for Avalanche Lake. The 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) (one-way) hike to the lake is one of the most popular hikes in the park. Understandable since the hike is not too strenuous, not too long, offers a variety of sights, a rewarding lake, and stunning views at the end. See it here on the map. The future for Avalanche Lake is uncertain. It is fed by the Sperry Glacier, and with the receding glaciers the lake may recede or shrink too.
The popularity of the trail was evident.
We made a second smaller loop hike, Lake Johns Trail. This 3.6-kilometer (2.2-mile) loop hike offers some nice features. The lake itself is really small, Johns Pond would maybe have been a better name. Still nice, the lake's calm water nicely reflects the surrounding mountains. The hike also includes two impressive waterfalls. First the Sacred Dancing Falls, followed by McDonald Falls. The latter gets lots of visitors from the Going-to-the-Sun Road side. But on this side the hikers have it all for themselves.
More pictures AND a video (!) below!