2. Trail of the Cedars / Avalanche Lake
Length: 1.0 miles / 4.5 miles
Elevation gain: 60 feet / 730 feet
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Trailhead: Parking area accessible from the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Don’t let the crowds deter you: these are two of the park’s most popular hikes for good reason. Ascend alongside glacier-fed Avalanche Creek as it squeezes through a narrow gorge. Lunch on the shore of Avalanche Lake with like-minded visitors at this stunning setting. Meanwhile, the wheelchair-accessible Trail of the Cedars winds through a mature western hemlock and western red cedar forest. Some of the trees are estimated to be over 500 years old.