Avalanche Lake Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
#99 of 176 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
4878 feet
Out & Back



fly fishing


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.

15 days ago

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.

1 month ago

5 months ago

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