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Avalanche Creek Trail

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 3.5 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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21.3

Miles

34.4

KM

Loop

10,706' 3,263 m

High

7,375' 2,248 m

Low

3,834' 1,169 m

Up

3,834' 1,169 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

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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.

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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  3.5 from 6 votes

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Bad omen? I hope not.
Feb 2, 2018 near Snowmas…, CO
A thick undergrowth.
Feb 2, 2018 near Carbondale, CO
It's tough to find negatives about the view at Avalanche Lake....except maybe that at some point you have to run back 10+ miles.
Apr 2, 2015 near Snowmas…, CO
We ran Avalanche Creek to Avalanche Lake as an out and back. Here's a shot from the way back.
Apr 2, 2015 near Snowmas…, CO
Vegetation on sides of trail grows taller as you go further - face height within the next mile.
Aug 21, 2019 near Snowmas…, CO
Where the bridge is out.
Aug 21, 2019 near Snowmas…, CO

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Jul 19, 2020
Charlotte Crawford
2.5mi
Aug 18, 2019
Mary L
Out and back hike/jog. Trail becomes fairly overgrown - beautiful flowers and some stinging nettle. Bridge out. 10mi — 3h 00m
May 25, 2019
Deb Dudley
Perfect conditions today! Hiked in about 4 miles. Creek crossings are still easy and no mosquitos yet. 4mi
Jul 20, 2018
Jim Bob Pipes