Avalanche Pass and Avalanche Lake Trail

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Avalanche Pass and Avalanche Lake Trail is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near North Elba, 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1450 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

snow

This is a wonderful hike into a beautiful cliff-lined alpine lake deep in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks Region This is a wonderful hike from Adirondack Loj to Avalanche Lake in between Mt. Colden and Algonquin. You'll climb along ladders and bridges bolted directly to the cliff walls around the lake. The views up the slides and trapdike towards the top of Colden are incredible.

camping
9 days ago

Good trail. The conditions are muddy, so be prepared to get dirty. If you are planning on camping, it's worth to continue hiking towards Colden Lake, as the Adirondack's Club very particular about camping sites in that region. Also, no campfires allowed, so bring propane stoves. Bears are very active in the region, so bring a canister or rent one out from the lodge.

hiking
14 days ago

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18 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

NOTICE OF TRAIL CLOSURE FOR 2017 FROM ADK:
Avalanche Lake Trail Closure 8/15-8/25, no thru access along Avalanche Lake.

During this time the DEC and SCA Adirondack Corps will be working on the Hitch-Up Matildas and hikers will not be able to pass thru Avalanche Lake. Access thru Avalanche Pass to the head of the lake and from Lake Colden to the outlet will be possible. Signage will be posted at Avalanche Camps and Lake Colden, as well as Upper Works, ADK Loj and South Meadows.

Please plan ahead for trips during this time period. Also note that the trail from Feldspar to Lake Arnold has some flooded portions of the trail that are worsened with rain.

1 month ago

Great hike. Beautiful all around.

hiking
1 month ago

Great view at the lake. Black flies chased us out after trying to eat lunch. Ended up at about 12 miles total round trip back to LOJ parking.

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2 months ago

Was an excellent hike... my brother, nephew, son and myself did this hike... up and back from the Adirondack Loj... took us about 7 hours round trip... but we sat at the pass for about 2 hours exploring... would definitely do again!!... guess I should give my nephew credit... he ran down and was done in like 5 hours!!

hiking
2 months ago

Completed this trail as part of the Marcy Dam, Avalanche Pass, Avalanche Lake out and back (about 11 miles total ). I rate this trail as a 'Moderate' trail for experienced hikers.The trailhead can be a little tricky to find (hint: its at the far end of the parking area adjacent from the Ranger Station at the Adirondack LOJ). Fairly level hiking until the fifth mile leading to Avalanche Lake. Most of your elevation gain happens there. Be sure to take the trail to the far end of the lake... its worth the extra half mile or so!

This trail offers a lot of character with the wooden ladders and bridges throughout. This is a must hike trail if you are exploring the ADKs, even without a summit. The trail can be very muddy and tick/mosquito prevention is a must (common sense in the ADKs, I know). We experienced a lot of gnats in the final three miles coming down past Marcy Dam (they loved our eyes), plan ahead for those. Also, sturdy hiking boots are a must as the trail becomes rocky when you get past Marcy Dam.

As far as trail markings, don't expect Blazes throughout the trail. However, the trail junctions are marked clearly (see pics) and the trails are heavily travelled and well maintained. It would be difficult to lose the trail at any point. Kudos to those that maintain this area. Well done!

3 months ago

3 months ago

4 months ago

Did this hike on April 12th. Simply a gorgeous, amazing, breathtaking hike. If you hike in April, be prepared for a mostly snowy/icy trail with several muddy spots. We started at Adirondack Loj, and they required snowshoes at 18 bucks a pop to do the Avalanche Lake trail. They were definitely needed! I would imagine into May, you'd have little snow left. Took 2.5 hours to get to the Lake, spent an hour there, and only took about 1.75 hours to walk back, although we are fast walkers! Once you come out of the woods through the pass and onto the lake, you will stop in awe at how magnificent it looks. Will definitely drive up here in the summer to do this hike again!

5 months ago

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Really great hike to do if you don't want to climb up a mountain, though pretty popular. Didn't go on the lake as the ice wasn't thick enough, so took the trail on its west shore to get to the other end. The trail is pretty rugged along the lake; lots of boulders, ladders, catwalks and the "hitch-up-matildas". If you're taking the trail instead of going on the lake when visiting in the winter, be careful as there's a lot of places to slip and fall and there's holes that can be covered in deep snow.

snowshoeing
7 months ago

I enjoyed snowshoeing this trail. The trail was packed down except for certain parts of "Misery Mile". The snowshoeing on Avalanche Lake was nice and certain sections had snow drifts across the ice. The view of the Trap Dike was nice from the lake.

snowshoeing
7 months ago

This was a nice trail to do. The usual route up to Marcy Dam was pretty much cut out, but when I went onto the Avalanche Pass trail, the trail was cut out but not packed down. The very last mile is where you gain your elevation and I had to cut the trail due to the snow drifts that was happening. I didn't make it all the way to the lake, but I made it pass the Avalanche Pass Slide and down into the "shoot" before I turned back around. This trail crossed over several skiing trails, and I met a lot of cross country skiers heading towards the lake. I want to do this trail in the summer.

hiking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016