Avalanche Peak Professional Reviews and Guides
"Located 8 miles west of the East Entrance Station in eastern Yellowstone National Park. A half-day or longer, exceptionally steep hike offering 360-degree vistas of the entire Yellowstone and northern Absaroka region."
--Bill Hunger, Hiking Wyoming (Falcon Guides).
"This quick but steep and relentless ascent skips the switchbacks. The solitude and some of Yellowstone’s best panoramic views are worth every ounce of exertion. The lightly traveled route traverses whitebark pine forest, old avalanche slides, and scree slopes adjacent to the North Absaroka Wilderness."
--Andrew Dean Nystrom, Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press).
"A short, steep day hike and a great way to enjoy some stunning scenery while stretching out your calf muscles."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides).
This is a short but steep hike that is a must if you are in Yellowstone. The views from the top make the altitude gain worth it. The steepness also keeps the trails clear of the tourists that clog the rest of the park. The trail is easy to follow and clearly marked although there was still patches of snow on the trail in July and there are many down trees through out the trail. The views from the top are worth the hike. It was clear day and we could see the teton range to the south pretty clearly. The wind was strong and cold at the top. We saw two marmots near the top as well. It is a great hike, free from tourists.
rather intense climb but incredible views--amazingly quiet for such a rewarding hike!
This is a must-do Yellowstone day hike, and is likely the most accessible alpine area in both Yellowstone and the Abrasoka Mt. range. Last time I climbed it was with a half case of beer on the Fourth of July with some of my Russian friends. We saw fireworks to the West (every other direction was overcast), which must have been from Idaho Springs, a great distance (over 100 miles?) away. From Avalanche you can see most of the Abrasokas, all of Yellowstone lake, and the Tetons too. A great hike. If you want to make a full day of it climb the next mountain over (I can't remember its name right now) to the east, just follow the ridge and see how far you can get! There are good hidden views and it is much more rugged than Avalanche.
This is my favorite hike in yellowstone. It is one of the prettiest hikes you will ever do, anywhere in the world. This was my second hardest hike that i did, regardless of the fact that i had only been and yellowstone for about three weeks. I had just started getting use to the altitude. The only other hike that was harder, much harder in fact, was electric peak. But electric peak is my second prettiest hike, next to avalanche peak. I went in June when there was still snow up to my thighs in some parts near the top, past treeline. This is a must do hike for experienced hikers. Your legs will tired, but it will be worth it at the top. Please do yourself a favor, and do this hike.
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