Avalanche Lake and Wright Peak Loop Via Avalanche Pass Trail

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Avalanche Lake and Wright Peak Loop Via Avalanche Pass Trail is a 11.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake Placid, 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.

DISTANCE
11.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3999 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

no shade

2 months ago

Recommend hitting the trailhead at 6 AM in summer to avoid crowds on the return leg via Avalanche Lake. This is a sensational loop. It's quite challenging without being frustrating. The views are spectacular. I'm very glad to have weathered the extra weight to have extreme weather gear at the top. Although it passed after about fifteen minutes, the rain came in and was brutally cold. It's possible to grab a few extra peaks (Boundary and Iroquois) but do strongly recommend backtracking to the loop for the descent, 71, which I found the most treacherous part of the trek, and in retrospect a bit reckless to have done solo without GPS transponder. Lower elevation is well maintained. A bit muddy. Lots of gangplank, stone stairs, bridges and boardwalk. Avalanche Lake was a nice surprise with boardwalk bolted right into the cliff over the lake. Several crystal clear pools for a dip. One of the most satisfying hikes I've ever done.

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3 months ago

great chunk of nature

11 months ago

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