Avalanche Creek Trail

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10.7 Miles 17.2 Kilometers

 

86% 

Runnable

100%

Singletrack

3,599' 1,097 m

Ascent

-266' -81 m

Descent

10,707' 3,263 m

High

7,373' 2,247 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

50%

Max Grade (27°)

Unknown

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

Jason Smith

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.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

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.

This trail can be done as an out and back for a total distance of 21.5 miles. You're deep in the range at this point, so you can also plan a shuttle for a big linkup with other trails.

Flora & Fauna

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

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