Avalanche Peak Trail

HARD 37 reviews
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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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

4.2 miles
2014 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.

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.

4 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.

5 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!!

5 months ago

Beautiful trail and well worth the effort!!!!

6 months ago

Best hike in Yellowstone, beautiful view, no crowds.

7 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.

7 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.

8 months 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.

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.

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