Avalanche Peak

Yellowstone National Park

A strenuous climb with magnificent views across Yellowstone National Park.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
7.2 km
Ascent
641 m
Descent
641 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
2.6 km
High Point
3.2 km
Gradient
13˚
Avalanche Peak Map

This 6.1-mile hike will take you through meadows, ancient forests, and burnt areas until quickly ascending the enormous 10,566-foot summit of Avalanche Peak.

Description

Spot the Avalanche Peak trailhead sign near Eleanor Lake, between Fishing Bridge and the East Entrance on East Entrance Road. The trail starts on the north side of the road, and the path is well signed the whole way up.

From the summit, you’ll be rewarded with expansive views of the landscape below. The Tetons and Mount Sheridan lie to the south, Yellowstone Lake to the southwest, and the Absaroka-Beartooth mountains to the east. The best time to get up there is in the height of summer, to avoid snowpack, which makes hiking here at other times of the year a lot more strenuous.

Sources: https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.html https://www.visitmt.com/listings/general/national-park-trail/avalanche-peak.html

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike

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