Avalanche Peak Trail

HARD 41 reviews
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Avalanche Peak Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

4.1 miles
2060 feet
Out & Back


rock climbing


trail running






no dogs

This is a fun climb up a tall peak as you enter the park from the east. A short, often windy, hike up a nearby peak as you enter Yellowstone National Park from the east (Cody, WY). You'll pass through beautiful forests with meadows of wildflowers and end up on a windy barren peak with views over Yellowstone below.

13 days ago

I couldn’t rate this one because we didn’t finish, here’s why. We are hikers that have exclusively hiked in the Sierras in summer, on mostly marked trails with very little snow. We are all about getting great views and getting as high in elevation as possible. We are also prepared to get lost however, we stick to the trails and use GPS. There was just too much snow and we lost the trail so we turned back at about 1.0 mile up. It was about 2 miles per hour according to our calculations and would likely be a 4 hour RT. We met 3 hikers with sleds as we were on our way down who said “the top is up there so we don’t need a trail!” Looking back, we could’ve made it but this was our first off trail hike in grizzly country and we were chickens! Hope this helps... go for it

2 months ago

It takes effort and determination. But is certainly worth it. Do not try if you haven’t trained. But if you are in moderate condition take your time and go for it. Amazing

4 months ago

We got to the trailhead around sunrise, which I recommend, as we were the first ones to summit but passed many people on the way down. With a good push this hike is very rewarding and worth the effort. We saw mule deer and Pika at the top.

8 months ago

Short lung-busting hike. The trees feel endless, but then they end quite suddenly and the views are amazing on the final approach. Push over to the rounded summit, that’s where the park boundary is.

9 months ago

Stunning views on top of the whole Yellowstone park and you can even see the Tetons. Short by many standards but hard and steep. A great summit for a first timer? But be mindful of bears!!

9 months ago

Beautiful trail and well worth the effort!!!!

10 months ago

Best hike in Yellowstone, beautiful view, no crowds.

11 months ago

An amazing hike with great views of the mountains and lake. Ran into many hikers who seemed ill prepared to tackle this trail. It is very steep, with mud and loose gravel. Highly recommend poles, some snow fields left but easily traversable without traction.

11 months ago

Great hike with great views. Hike starts out very steep so go at your own pace. Pretty muddy and soggy for about first 30 minutes due to snowmelt, so recommend boots. Little bit of snow but very passable and easy to walk on without traction or poles.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I can't seem to find the actual trail I took. From beginning, summit, to end my hike was 20 miles. Absolutely gorgeous. Grizzly evidence everywhere, you never know if your life will be over in the next quarter mile or so. Bring ice shoes for the summit if there's still snow.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Steep climb but big reward in a short amount of time.

Friday, September 09, 2016

dress in layers, going up was sweaty but at the top the windchill was incredibly cold. bring cold gear and be ready for some strong winds!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Took this hike on September 9, 2015. In my opinion this is the best view of Yellowstone National Park! Definitely one of the most challenging hikes I've done. Highly recommended hike!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Steep but very much worth it. Views are spectacular. In the early morning hours, had to hike through 1-inch of fresh snow up near the summit. Trail does have a pretty heavy bear presence...use caution and common sense.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Awesome views from the top even on a smoky day. It's a slog up and a bit slippery coming down but well worth it.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Beautiful trail! Definitely worth the trek, as it's not even that difficult! A good bit of climb though, and a gorgeous view of mountain ranges and the lake.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Fantastic short hike, took about 4 hours with stops included. Saw a marmot on the way down so that's pretty cool

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Truly amazing. Very tough at the start, but worth it!

Monday, June 20, 2016

i had driven through yellowstone thinking it was no better than the big horns (views wise) and then i did this hike june 1st..... i dont recomend this hike this early unless you like 4' of slushy snow lol but the views at the top were awe inspiring. a hike i will never forget. absolutly worth the hike!!!! took us 2 hours will return

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Badass hike !!

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Quite an uphill trek but well worth the effort. Once at the top the scenery is breathtaking. If you enjoy challenges this is the hike for you!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Steep but beautiful. We got a bit lost on our way back down from the very top, but found the trail again soon after.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Steep but fantastic!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This is an excellent trail that gives you beautiful scenery at the top. It's pretty steep but not super long so it's great for a day hike. Definitely worth doing

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Trail was great. Great views of the park and Yellowstone Lake.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Outstanding hike. As others have noted, it's a short but pretty steep (1000 ft/mi) climb up to the top. But oh so worth it with 360 degree views south to the Tetons, across Yellowstone Lake, and east across the Shoshone National Forest. Truly spectacular and not to be missed.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Great Hike! Once at the summit I traversed over to Hoyt Peak along the ridge line. There is a really fun class 3 section if you follow the ridge all the way to the summit, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a little extra adventure!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The trail up Avalanche Peak is only two miles, but what it lacks in length, certainly make up in steepness. You may not be far from a trailhead, yet this vantage point offers a view of the most remote wilderness in the continental United States. To say the least, the mountain scenery is astonishing! Out of the backcountry places I've visited in Yellowstone, here I could sense the park and surrounding national forest as big, rugged, and wild.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Totally crazy switchback-less killer hills but SO unspeakably worth it from the top! 360 views that are worth the long, hard trek up and can't be beat. Lived in Yellowstone for 4 months and this is the BEST hike I did all summer! Take your time, but make time for it!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A tough hike for me, but worth it. Uphill through changing terrain, then the austere top of the mountain. Amazing, stark beauty and awesome views of Lake and surrounding and distant mountains. On top stones have been placed for windbreaks and you need them if you stay a while. Pikas freeloading for food! Watched a storm roll across Lake Yellowstone, fantastic, but needed to get off the peak before it hit! I'd do this one again!

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