Avalanche Peak (Yellowstone NP, WY) ♦︎

Difficulty: Most Difficult ♦︎

Length: 5.5 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet

Dog Friendly: No


Trailhead coordinates (copy + paste): 44.4708, -110.1426

Directions: There is a small parking area directly on the other side of the road from the coordinates, next to Eleanor Lake (more of a pond). You will see the marked trailhead from here and will be able to stick to it the whole way. This hike is in a national park, so you will need to purchase a pass for $35.

The trail starts out shaded before rising above the tree line, traversing fields of rock and some snow. This hike is steep from start to finish, but the unparalleled view from the summit makes it all worth it. Don't be discouraged when you stumble upon the false summit the end isn't as far as it looks. The wind at the 10,568-foot peak is a bit shocking, but not so unwelcome on a hot day. This is the ideal way to venture beyond Yellowstone's main attractions next time you make the trip out. Bring your bear spray and keep your eyes peeled. We saw a mama and baby bear near the top. An important note on this topic: the park doesn't recommend doing this hike in September or October due to increased grizzly activity in the fall, so plan for July or August.

Avalanche Peak in Yellowstone, Wyoming
Avalanche Peak hike in Yellowstone, Wyoming

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