Avalanche Gulch via Main Range Trail

HARD 5 reviews
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Avalanche Gulch via Main Range Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Buena Vista, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.7 miles
2,496 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips



wild flowers


8 days ago

Great quick climb. Loved this hike but the lack of signage at the the “top” was not good. Kept liking down the other side to be sure and then back to the clearing. Someone awesome left a rock and wood sign pointing the way to the Yale approach. The view from there was amazing and you can continue and summit Yale!

16 days ago

first bit is really exposed and medium steep, then you get into some thick woods. pretty much stays heavily wooded till the ridge with a few peeks of peaks along the way. there is a short break in the steep along the way, but it's pretty much uphill through woods the entire way. view at the top is definitely worth it.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Beautiful hike and not for the faint of heart.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

one of my favorite! Hard indeed. Very Beautiful .. Well, hard for me anyway

Saturday, March 17, 2012

At the end of October there was 3-6 inches of snow on the upper part of the trail, but was still able to reach the pass. Nice views of the east side of Mt Yale.