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Avalanche Pass and Avalanche Lake Trail

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High Peaks Wilderness

Avalanche Pass and Avalanche Lake Trail is a 12 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 12.0 mi Elevation gain 1,335 ft Route type Out & Back
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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.

Heart Lake Adirondack Loj Trailhead: From Exit 30 take Route 73 towards Lake Placid for 26.5 miles. Take a left onto Adirondack Loj Road and continue 5 miles to the Loj and the parking area. There is a $10 fee to park here for the day.

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Myra Sharabun
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Hiking

Excellent trail! Lots of beautiful views. A bit challenging for 1st time hard trail - lots of rock scrambling and ladder climbing.

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Sebastian Krüger
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This was actually great fun and a very nice route to walk. We went first on a Saturday - terrible, we left before we really arrived. It’s way too crowded. On a cloudy/chilly Monday morning it was super empty. Actually we just went to Avalanche Lake and a bit further, not to Colden - the way gets pretty rocky/challenging for less experienced hikers. Also I was getting hangry. Anyway, in any case you should follow the trail alongside Avalanche Lake a bit, the views are beautiful and the wooden path not less pretty.

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Dean S
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Hiking

$15 dollar entry for people that are not a member. Great hike. Very steady incline until a final splurge before the lake. Absolutely beautiful.

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Clifford Ossman
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Sudhir D
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HikingGreat!

awesome views around the lake....

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Allen Canepa
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Greg Thomas
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Amazing hike!

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Thomas Bewick
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Vanessa Banti
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Important: blue blaze has a small reroute that is very clear on the ground, less clear on this map. Follow the blazes and you’ll be fine.

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collin collin swartz
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Rebekah Mueller
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HikingGreat!

Incredible trail - varied terrain and a beautiful lake at the end. However, I don't recommend bringing your dog unless they can go up ladders. Otherwise, you'll spend the middle two miles carrying your dog up a dozen plus ladders :) Thankfully ours is only 40 lbs, but we met someone with two german shepherds. Oof.

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Robert Colgan
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casey schwartz
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Jacob Teves
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david stockinger
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Matthew Conroy
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Beautiful half day hike from Adirondack Loj. Took a stop at Marcy Dam for some photos then made my way along the rocky yellow trail. After you cross Marcy Brook bridge there is a trail to the left that takes you up to Lake Arnold. Go right there instead. The Avalanche Lake trail rises gradually then starts to descend as you get closer to the extremely narrow Avalanche Pass. Soon you arrive at Avalanche Lake, with dramatic views south. Follow the ladders and hitch-up matildas along your the end of the lake then retrace your steps.

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Bob George
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Bob George
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Angelo Falabella
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Backpacking

Awesome hike, extremely challenging. Not for beginners. We arrived at 6:45 am on a Saturday and the lot was full, had to park almost 1.5 miles away, which added about 3 miles to the recording.

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