Avalanche Pass and Avalanche Lake Trail is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near North Elba, New York that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
This is a wonderful hike into a beautiful cliff-lined alpine lake deep in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks Region This is a wonderful hike from Adirondack Loj to Avalanche Lake in between Mt. Colden and Algonquin. You'll climb along ladders and bridges bolted directly to the cliff walls around the lake. The views up the slides and trapdike towards the top of Colden are incredible.
Really great hike to do if you don't want to climb up a mountain, though pretty popular. Didn't go on the lake as the ice wasn't thick enough, so took the trail on its west shore to get to the other end. The trail is pretty rugged along the lake; lots of boulders, ladders, catwalks and the "hitch-up-matildas". If you're taking the trail instead of going on the lake when visiting in the winter, be careful as there's a lot of places to slip and fall and there's holes that can be covered in deep snow.
I enjoyed snowshoeing this trail. The trail was packed down except for certain parts of "Misery Mile". The snowshoeing on Avalanche Lake was nice and certain sections had snow drifts across the ice. The view of the Trap Dike was nice from the lake.
This was a nice trail to do. The usual route up to Marcy Dam was pretty much cut out, but when I went onto the Avalanche Pass trail, the trail was cut out but not packed down. The very last mile is where you gain your elevation and I had to cut the trail due to the snow drifts that was happening. I didn't make it all the way to the lake, but I made it pass the Avalanche Pass Slide and down into the "shoot" before I turned back around. This trail crossed over several skiing trails, and I met a lot of cross country skiers heading towards the lake. I want to do this trail in the summer.
Beautiful trail. First trail I completed in the Adirondacks and it stole my heart. Took some time to swim in the lake. Very cold in early June but well worth it. Not a terribly difficult hike but worth it!
One of the most iconic hikes in the High Peaks and a must-do cross-country ski tour.
This is rated hard, but as far as ADK trails go it is not hard. Absolutely beautiful though. Hope to climb the trap dike to Colden someday.
Went through from an overnight at Marcy Dam on our way to Algonquin. A great area, the bridges and ladders only add to the fun in this area. Will definitely be going back again.
Hiked in for an overnight in early June with a 16 month old and a 9 year old. Made it just past Marcy dam. Awesome trail, friendly people, mutant hungry black flies and mosquitos. Too much for the kids so we humped it outta there and spent the night at the Comfort Inn Plattsburgh. Definitely going back when the flies aren't so hungry. Bug dope didn't help.
This trail is difficult, steep, and utterly amazing. So rewarding. Breathtaking sights. The avalanche debris, Mt. Colden, the lake--all are incredibly beautiful and awestriking. Worth it.
Everything you want in a challenging hike. The widow's walk around Avalanche lake and March Dam are highlights. As is the actual avalanche debris.
This was an amazing trail. Although we had a miseable rainy day, the views of the trap dike and mt. Colden were amazing. I recomed this trail to people who enjoy climbing largish rocks, and hiking with views.
Moderate to demanding
this was a tuff one the knee gave me trouble.steep inclins.
This hike through the pass was accidental, not planned at all. My destination for the day was to summit Colden from the L Morgan Porter trail/false summit. Upon reaching the false summit, the clouds started to roll into the area. Making an effort to reach the true summit before inclement weather approached, it started to pour about 2/10's of a mile away from the summit. After finding the summit rock, I was planning to hike back the way I came in (above treeline for some time), when it started to thunder and lightning...wanting to get below treeline as quickly as possible, I decided to descend off the summit towards Lake Colden. The steep trail was like hiking in a continual waterfall. Reaching Lake Colden, came back up through the pass. Enjoyed every minute of this hike. Plan on hiking the pass again, hoping to do a loop of Avalanche Pass to Cold Brook Pass to Indian Pass.