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Avalanche Peak Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 2,073 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Rock climbing

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

Snow

No dogs

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Getting There

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.

Yellowstone National Park PO Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168 307-344-7381 (recorded information and an option to speak with someone) Additional info: http://www.nps.gov/yell/contacts.htm Wyoming Business Council Tourism Office, Frank Norris Jr. Travel Center, I-25 & College Drive , Cheyenne, WY, 82002-0660, Phone: 307-777-7777, Fax: 307-777-6472

From Cody, WY drive east towards Yellowstone and look for the trailhead at the top of the pass. There is a $25 fee to enter Yellowstone.

Directions from East Entrance: Travel to the west end of Eleanor Lake across the road to the east of the small creek.

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Reviews (243)
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Emily Wolfson
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HikingGreat!Rocky

absolutely loved this hike- the views at the top are stunning in all directions and so worth the steep climb. took 3-4 hours to complete. make this one a priority!!

Bettina Jonsef
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Challenging hike up the mountain. Absolutely amazing! Lots of wild flowers were blooming and the view from the summit was breathtaking. It took my family and me 3.5 hours to climb to the top. We took an hour lunch break and made our descent in 1.5 hours. It was very windy and cold at the top I definitely suggest a jacket. It was my favorite hike

Trent McGee
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HikingGreat!Rocky

We loved this hike. The view from the top is awesome. It does get very rocky and steep above the tree line. The wind also picks up significantly.

Whitney Pennington
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HikingGreat!

Terrific views from the top - worth the work. Trekking poles highly suggested. Very windy at the peak, so bring a jacket if you want to relax awhile. We saw fresh sheep tracks in the dirt until the trail turned to all rocks, but never saw the sheep. Gorgeous wildflower field around 1 mile in. We arrived at 8am (Saturday 8/8) and enjoyed the hike up and relaxed at the top with only one other group. We passed 60 people coming down with another 10 preparing in the overflowing parking lot. Hike time was 3 hours (2 fit adults).

Lois Aho
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Great!

Fabulous hike with amazing views of the park! Worth the effort!

Victoria Iacovetti
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Loved this hike! We got out early, around 8:30am- hardly any people on the trail. It definitely got rocky obviously towards the peak and windy, so don’t wear a hat! The views were SO worth it.

Trevor Dallio
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Christi Rice
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Daniel Conners
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Hiking

It’s a hard climb but the views from top are amazing.

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Devin Funk
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Hiking

Beautiful view at the top! Some wildlife.

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Mary T
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Hiking

Tough hike but worth it. Enjoyed a great picnic at the top.

Michelle Funk
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Great hike for an afternoon. Not too difficult until you get to the last half mile. The rocky incline and decline ads the difficulty to the trail. Beautiful views. I was surprised at how many people were on the trail on a Tuesday afternoon. Definitely give it a try.

Dustin Baker
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HikingRockyScramble

Great trail-it is easy to follow and exactly as advertised. Relatively steep throughout, the views are worth the work. We saw a bear along the way, but it ran away from us. Took us about 3.5 hours in total. The views are spectacular from the top.

Josh Frazor
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SR 71
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Hiking

This is not a hard trail. I am a very novice hiker and struggled to reach the top. Every step is worth the view, you will have a panoramic view of park and also spot tetons. Very windy at the top but there are rocks to protect you. I'd recommend a windbreaker

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Tom Collins
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HikingBugsScramble

This was our first trail in Yellowstone and we managed it in about 4.5 hours all in. The first part was a steep climb/slog through forest and we were ravaged by bugs (neglected to put bug spray on). The midway forest stream was refreshing. Then when you get to the false summit, the rest is rocky scree and a bit of a scramble in places; with some snowy patches littering the landscape. The view from the top was amazing! Worth every bite/sit down en route, and grumble. So many alpine flowers, chipmunks, and even a bear and her cub (later we were told the mother is nicknamed Raspberry and the cub is nicknamed Jam). The descent was easy but you need to take care in places as the scree was easy to skid on. An amazing experience, I would do it again.

Parker Franzen
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HikingBugsRockySnow

Challenging but rewarding hike. The view at the top is incredible. It was windy at the top and there are some spots with snow still in July. A fairly constant uphill trek to the summit. Take your time coming down since there are many rocks and it is steep. Would recommend hiking poles, but you can definitely do it without them too. Overall great hike!

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Wayne Franzen
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Hiking

Great hike, after climbing you are rewarded with fantastic views of Yellowstone Lake and the Tetons to the south. There are a lot of loose rocks the closer you get to the summit which does make it challenging. Would definitely hike this again.

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Anna Pillman
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Hiking

Steep but the view from the top makes it so worth it! We saw two bears near the summit. Favorite part of Yellowstone so far.

Olivia V.
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HikingRocky

Beautiful panoramic views at the top! Favorite hike in YS so far! 1/2 trail is pretty forested. 1/2 is rough terrain - gravel/ rocky, loose dirt (up and down are equally challenging), etc. The incline is pretty steady the whole way, start to peak. Bugs were a little annoying through the forested section, but bug spray fixed that problem fast. The wildflowers were amazing! Very little snow left on the trail and very easy to navigate around. Heavily trafficked, moderate trail. Trail is very well marked/ worn in.

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Deryk Hagey
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Hiking

Stunning views. Ok from false summit, but be sure to go beyond to the actual summit if you have the energy. A lot of work, but it pays off.

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Monica Rozzi
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Hiking

Oh my gosh this trail was really amazing! I hike pretty often and this one is definitely difficult. Pretty steep incline the whole way. It says 4.7 miles but altogether my app told me I went 7.3 and it definitely felt that long so be aware. There is a point where you get to an area with lots of snow with a great view and I think some people stop there and head back down, but we went even higher and walked through snow and up another steep trail of rocks. It seems a little wrong but it gets you up there and the view is panoramic and breathtaking! VERY windy. There is a little alcove or rocks up there to protect you from the wind.

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