Avalanche Preserve

MODERATE 8 reviews

Avalanche Preserve is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Boyne City, MI that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible from May until November.

3.9 miles 377 feet Out & Back

kid friendly


mountain biking

trail running



4 days ago

The 3rd week of October is ideal for fall colors!
Be advised it's a moderate hike if you are going around and up the multi mile trek or it's almost strenuous if taking the 450+ steps up. Thankfully they have two person benches every 50-75 steps. The view at the top is spectacular. Going later in the day positions the sun for good photos.

1 month ago

great hike quick hike but it's called Avalanche Preserve and the directions button takes you to the wrong spot, use Google maps instead.

5 months ago

Fun little walk. Loved it as a kid

6 months ago

this place is called avalanche preserve not peak. beautiful short hike

1 year ago

Lovely short run or hike. Just hilly enough and great views. Springtime is beautiful because the woods are full of Trillium. If you follow the outside trail around the Frisbee golf it is 2.4 miles. I did not follow the single track but also did not see any bikes so that might be an option for a longer distance. One mile from downtown Boyne City.

2 years ago

Where the red dot aka the location of the avalanche park is not where it is located. You have to drive until lake road dead ends then make a left. It was a quick and beautiful hike overlooking the lake and the town. A great place for sledding! If you're looking for a long hike I wouldn't come here.

3 years ago

462 steps up to a great view overlooking Boyne City and Lake Charlevoix. Worth making quick stop to stretch your legs if you are passing through this area. There is also a 5 mile mountain bike loop is a fun and somewhat challenging ride.

More from our visit to this area at: http://www.mymichigantrips.com/young-state-park-boyne-city-mi-2012.html

4 years ago

I grew up just a few 100 feet from the base. Locals also call it Barn Mountain or Death Mountain in the winter due to the high rate of serious sliding accidents in the winter. also known to claim the front teeth of a few mt. bikers braving a front decent straight down the middle.
But don't let that stop you from biking around great trails or taking the twisty stairs hiding in the woods to the right. the peak offers a rebuilt platform overlooking Boyne City and a large portion of Lake Charlevoix. Personally, the fall is when the hill and Boyne Valley truly shine.