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Quick Facts

Avalanche Lake Trail

Average Time: 1 - 2 Days
Beginning Elevation: 7,310 Feet (2278.7 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 3,385 Feet (1055.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,695 Feet (3333.9 Meters)
Length, One-way: 11 Miles (18.33 Kilometers) one way
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Capitol Peak, Redstone




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General Description

Avalanche Lake can be accessed by horse or foot from the Hell Roaring, East Creek, West Fork, and Capitol Lake trails
Copyright: USDA Forest Service
Avalanche Lake can be accessed by horse or foot from the Hell Roaring, East Creek, West Fork, and Capitol Lake trails
The trail begins from a parking lot adjacent to the Avalanch Creek Campground, and ascends through aspen reaching the intersection with the Hell Roaring Trail in 2-1/2 miles. The trail will cross the Hell Roaring Creek and then descend toward Avalanche Creek. At the 5 mile point, it crosses a meadow called Duley Park. The trail continues through aspen and reaches an intersection with the East Creek Trail about 7 miles from the start. Continue walking on the path, the trail ascends, steeply in parts, to the intersection with Capitol Creek Trail at about 10-1/4 miles. Bear right to Avalanche Lake.

Directions from Carbondale: Drive south 12-1/2 miles on Highway 133 from Carbondale. Turn left at the sign for Avalanche Creek and follow the road for 2-1/2 miles past Avalanche Campground to the parking area at the southeast end of the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through September (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail at higher elevations.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter Conditions. Beware of avalanche danger and hypothermia. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:35:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing
ICON Hiking & Walking Avalanche Lake Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Avalanche Lake Trail
Yes



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