Avalanche Pass Trail is a hiking trail in Essex County, New York. It is within High Peaks Wilderness and Adirondack Park. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 2,779 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,173 feet. The Cedar Point Lean-to, Avalanche Camp Lean-to, Marcy Brook Lean-to, Kagel Shelter, and Kagel Lean-to shelters and Hitch-up Matilda and another viewpoint can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Marcy Dam #2 Lean-to shelter, the Marcy Dam Pond (elevation 2,362 feet) wetland, and the Marcy Dam Trail Register information board.
Avalanche Pass Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Most snowshoe trips into the heart of the High Peaks Wilderness are difficult treks at best, mostly because of the distances and terrain involved. However, here is one you can do as a moderate day trip, and it leads to one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the northeast. It is no surprise that this is also a very popular route, but in this case its popularity is an advantage: when trails elsewhere are impassable with a deep, fresh snow, this one is almost always packed down and in good shape."
--Bill Ingersoll, Snowshoe Routes: Adirondacks & Catskills (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Tim Starmer, Five-Star Trails Adirondacks (Menasha Ridge Press).
"The ski tour through Avalanche Pass to the dramatic high-alpine world of rock, ice, and snow on Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden features unrivaled scenery and fun downhill skiing."
--David Goodman, Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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