Avalanche Peak Trail

HARD 23 reviews
#12 of 183 trails in

Avalanche Peak Trail is a 4.2 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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until September.

4.2 miles
2076 feet
Out & Back



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.

24 days ago

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.

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

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!

9 months ago

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!

9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.