Avalanche Gorge is one of the most visited, most photographed locations in Glacier National Park, and for good reason. It's incredibly beautiful!
The gorge is located on the west side of Glacier National Park, along the Trail of the Cedars. This handicap accessible boardwalk is a short loop through ancient forests of red cedars and western hemlocks. This area marks the eastern most edge of the Pacific Northwest rainforest providing the perfect climate for these old growth forests. Some of the cedars have grown to more than 100 feet tall and are more than 500 years old.
This spectacular lush green setting is only made more beautiful when you arrive at the footbridge spanning Avalanche Creek. The creek rushes through a narrow rock gorge, carving and sculpting the beautiful red rock over millions of years. The stunning turquoise blue color of the water is a result of glacial silt - fine grained particles of rock, created by the movement and grinding of bedrock by glacial erosion. The silt is suspended in rivers and lakes in Glacier giving them that unique blue color.
Equipment: Sony A7II, Canon 17-40mm f/4.0, Gitzo Tripod | Exposure: 1/6 sec, f/16, ISO 100