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Trail

21.3 mile 34.4 kilometer loop
87% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 3,834' 1,169 m
Descent: -3,834' -1,169 m
High: 10,706' 3,263 m
Low: 7,375' 2,248 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)

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Trail shared by Jason Smith

A gradual climb to Avalanche Lake - a stunning destination deep in the Elk Mountains.

Jason Smith

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is a highly worthy trail experience, particularly if you can make it the entire way up to Avalanche Lake. Don't expect the most buff surface, but only a few shorter steep sections & decent trail quality keep this outing moderate.

Runner Notes

Almost entirely runnable, but expect moderate to heavy horse and human traffic during the peak months of summer.

Description

Avalanche Lake Trail (#1959) begins from the parking lot and ascends through aspen groves, intersecting with the Hell Roaring Trail after about 2.5 miles. Keep straight here as the trail crosses Hell Roaring Creek (may be dry late in the season) before descending a few hundred vertical toward Avalanche Creek. If you are going out and back, pace accordingly as climbing back out of here can be a bit of a grind.

After 5 miles, the trail crosses a beautiful meadow called Duley Park before entering groves of ginormous aspens. After another 2 miles or so, look for the intersection with East Creek Trail.

Keep straight, preparing for a notably steep but beautiful segment to the intersection with Capitol Creek Trail after 10 miles. Stay right and you'll arrive on the shores of the stunning Avalanche Lake.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers will likely be going off during mid-summer on the upper half of the trail.

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Jul 9, 2017
Jena Humer
overgrown vegetation couldn't see trail. lots of rocks etc.No good. 4mi
Jun 25, 2017
ScubaSchaef Schaefer
Quick out and back... didn't make the whole way 5mi
Jun 17, 2017
Anthony Carroll

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