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