Avalanche Lake Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
#121 of 194 trails in

Avalanche Lake Trail is a 19.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Carbondale, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.

19.8 miles
4,356 feet
Out & Back




nature trips





wild flowers


no dogs

A good backpacking hike with access to the Hell Roaring Trail, East Creek Trail, West Fork Trail and Capitol Lake. This area is popular with horseback riders, hikersand backpackers. The trail begins from the parking lot and ascends through aspen reaching the intersection with the Hell Roaring Trail in 2 1/2 miles. Keep straight, the trail will cross Hell Roaring Creek and then descend toward Avalanche Creek. At the 5 mile point it crosses a meadow called Duley Park. The trail continues through aspen and reaches an intersection with the East Creek Trail about 7 miles from thestart. Keep straight, the trail ascends, steeply in parts, to the intersection with Capitol Creek Trail at about 10 1/4 miles. Bear right to Avalanche Lake.

2 months ago

Beautiful! We didn’t get to the lake because the it was still too snowy, there are many trees on path, but made it close to the lake.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Nice backpacking trip, with beautiful meadows and nice little lake at the end. While 'moderate' for most of the hike, the switchbacks at top were fairly taxing. Fished along the creek and at the lake as well. The trail is labeled as 'heavy use', but we didn't see a soul between miles 4 and 11. Be advised that in this area you are required to have a 'hard sided' bear container, and non-compliance is 'no more than $5000 fine'.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Avalanche Lake trail is a great getaway nature hike that features the Crystal River and a local campsite. It is a great change of pace for someone used to hiking the dry hills areas near the valley. It is highly forested and is very moderate. I would suggest it as a relaxation hike and suggest camping and fishing here.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

dogs are currently not allowed and the locals are pretty serious about enforcing

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017