Avalanche Pass and Avalanche Lake Trail

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Avalanche Pass and Avalanche Lake Trail is a 10 mile lightly 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.

Distance: 10.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,335 feet 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.

Going up the Avalanche Lake trail keeps things interesting and helps avoid crowds. It is steep and icy, make sure you have the proper gear if you go in the winter.

Perfect snowy hike

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icy
19 days ago

As of 12/28, the trail was sufficiently well traveled, no snowshoes needed spikes or crampons will do fine. When at Avalanche lake be careful with walking on the lake, it was a bit slushy in a few spots today and we stayed to the edges by the rocks

hiking
2 months ago

The best high peak hike I've done in the adk! It took us (a group of modestly experienced hikers) 8.5 hrs but we go fast. The last 1.5 miles to the summit of colden is tough. Got micro spikes at the Loj for $15 to rent. didn't need them luckily, but in the coming weeks I am sure they will be necessary.

Amazing hike! Hiked to Avalanche lake and then to the Mt. Colden trail. The Colden trail is steep - ~1900ft in 1.6miles. It took about 5 hours to get to the summit. I descended down the lake Arnold trail. It wasn't that bad going down. I would advise going up the Colden trail, it's steeper, but I'd rather go up the steepest portion than descend down it.

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3 months ago

Hiked this coming off of Mt Colden on our last day backpacking after 4 days. Very rocky and slow going around Avalanche Lake, eases up a bit past the lake into the pass. Then once you hit Marcy dam and head to the Loj it's cake!

Great hike on a great day, great views at all 3 peaks. After Iroquois the rest of the loop was long but it had some cool bridge/ladder features along it.

Wow! My first hike in the Adirondacks and I’m blown away. This was such an incredible adventure. Everyone visiting the high peaks wilderness area should experience avalanche pass. However, Algonquin peak is not for everyone. I loved every minute of it though. A Very balanced experience with the challenge and the reward being in line with one another. Have fun be safe enjoy!

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washed out
4 months ago

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4 months ago

This trail was amazing. So many beautiful sights along the way. While a majority of the hike is relatively easy, the last mile with ladders, bridges, and rock scrambles was pretty difficult!

hiking
5 months ago

A beautiful hike to Marcy Dam area then followed yellow trail through Avalanche Pass to Avalanche Lake. It is not a technical hike but the yellow trail is rocky. A black bear joined us for a bit at the lake making his way to Colden. I would describe this as moderate. I have hiked this before and its beauty never gets old. Please educate yourself regarding bears and leave no trace. Enjoy!

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Absolutely loved this trail. Cool day so very few bugs which is nice and the lake is something unlike I have seen in NYS. Generally not that hard of a trail, just long. A few parts going around the lake are maybe harder than a moderate hike but not horrible. Great hike!!

hiking
6 months ago

July 10. Good hike! Fairly easy rolling hills/slight inclines up to the Marcy Dam - my GPS said 3.6km to there and it took me about 45 minutes. From the Dam, it's another 4 and a bit to the start of Avalanche Lake, and it took me another hour. After the Dam, the terrain gets a bit more technical with more rocks on the trail. When you see the sign saying 1 mile to Avalanche Lake, get ready for a little climb! When the trail starts to go downhill again you're close to the lake. Blackflies/deerflies were out so if you plan on taking any breaks, bring bugspray! happy trails

hiking
6 months ago

Adirondack loj to the end of lake colden day 1

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bugs
muddy
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6 months ago

Hiked from the Loj on 7/8/19 on warm, clear day. First couple of miles to the old dam are pleasant and closer to a nature walk than a hike. Begins to steepen after the dam and then gets real tough for the last mile plus with scrambling over boulders and roots. There are plenty of places to catch your breath but no real views until you arrive at the lake...then you have serious scenery! It's a playground in nature. You're climbing up and down ladder, over and around boulders, and across boardwalks right over the lake. Weather was nice so we took a dip. It was bit buggy but nothing some deet didn't care of. Wonderful hike overall. Definitely strenuous but certainly doable and totally worthwhile.

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rocky
7 months ago

Great - very difficult - hike. We arrived at 8 and the parking lot was almost full. We hiked up the long way though avalanche pass up to Algonquin and back down. Conditions were great - almost no snow up the backside of Algonquin and none on the front side. Views through avalanche valley were spectacular.

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7 months ago

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