Avalanche Pass

Keene, New York

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The initial descent from Algonquin Peak is bone jarring and punishing, 2,000 feet over 1.5 miles. Calling it a trail is a bit misleading; it’s actually more like (and at times literally is) an active streambed. The good news is that the remainder of the trail, though rugged, is fairly level. The trail really stands out when you reach Avalanche Lake and head deeper into the pass. Steep cliffs and exposed mountain slides surround you as you hike literally suspended several feet above the lake. Combined with Algonquin Peak’s stunning views and unique alpine zone, this trail is an amazing wilderness adventure but is recommended only for experienced hikers. Trail mileage begins with the 4-mile trek to reach Algonquin Peak.
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by Tim Starmer (Menasha Ridge Press)

The initial descent from Algonquin Peak is bone jarring and punishing, 2,000 feet over 1.5 miles. Calling it a trail is a bit misleading; it’s actually more like (and at times literally is) an active streambed. The good news is that the remainder of the trail, though rugged, is fairly level.

The trail really stands out when you reach Avalanche Lake and head deeper into the pass. Steep cliffs and exposed mountain slides surround you as you hike literally suspended several feet above the lake. Combined with Algonquin Peak’s stunning views and unique alpine zone, this trail is an amazing wilderness adventure but is recommended only for experienced hikers. Trail mileage begins with the 4-mile trek to reach Algonquin Peak.

© 2017 Tim Starmer/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Keene
Distance: 11.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,024 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8.5-9.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,091 feet
Top Elevation: 5,115 feet
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Views, Waterfalls
Local Contacts: High Peaks trail information www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9198.html
Local Maps: National Geographic Adirondack Park, Lake Placid/High Peaks (#742)
Driving Directions: Directions to Avalanche Pass

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