Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park is my favorite ‘first hike of the season’. spring and Fall are my favorite times to hike it because it is one of the most touristed trails in the Park during the summer, and for good reason. It’s fairly short with a round trip of 5 miles, not much elevation gain, and absolutely stunning views. You also get the see Avalanche Gorge (which is accesible by wheelchair), so it’s two for one! If any of you are runners, this is my favorite trail run (back when I used to run). I’m looking forward to being in running shape again, but for now hiking and scrambling are my new favorite activities.