Avalanche Preserve

MODERATE 36 reviews

Avalanche Preserve is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Boyne City, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.6 miles
377 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


10 days ago

there are several cross trails for mountain biking and disk golf, but rarely is this a hindrance for continuous hiking. biggest problem are the many dog owners who don't leash their dogs as directed at trail entrance. would be much more enjoyable if this wasn't as frequent. or perhaps if they taught their dogs how to heel instead of running up to others.

22 days ago

Great views!

1 month ago

Beautiful views and well groomed trails.

1 month ago

Great hike! Took our kids and loved the hike before the lookout. Highly recommend

2 months ago

I took the advice of one of the reviewers. Went to the left and did the loop first. The view of the bay was worth waiting for. Lots of trails to negotiate, mountain bikes share this area as well. Not well sign posted. But stick to the widest path and you will stay on track. It’s a pretty walk. Not hard

2 months ago

beautiful well maintained trails.

2 months ago

Not a single trail is marked. Great being outside though! Beautiful trail!

5 months ago

I've lived in Michigan for two and a half years now and this is still one of my favorite hikes. The location is perfect and it's absolutely beautiful pretty much all year long. I hike it several times a week with my son throughout spring and summer, then we snowshoe it in the winter.

6 months ago

Try to get here during trillium season, there are huge patches throughout the woods. I try to get on this trail every May/June. It's a nice walk.

Beautiful at top

11 months ago

460+ steps up to one of the best views in Michigan. There's also a large park at the top worth exploring in the woods.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Great hike to scenic overlook of Boyne City & Lake Charlevoix. Next time we'll set aside more time and do the loop.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Beautiful view in the fall. Short trek up, but a fun little hike for the kids.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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.

Monday, September 05, 2016

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

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fun little walk. Loved it as a kid

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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

Friday, May 22, 2015

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.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

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.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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

Thursday, April 05, 2012

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.

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