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Zac FinleyAlways a fun hike  Sucess!

Zac Finley

I've climbed this a total of six times now as a Lake Lodge employee in Yellowstone National Park. A favorite for most of us at Lake. When the snow is good, we like to take the heavy duty plastic trashbags from the kitchen before our hike and use them to slide down the bowl below the summit's north face. This is an intense, extreme and very dangerous activity we do every summer. Flying down the steep snow wall at neck break speeds is the highlight of our hike, second to our views and lunch break at the summit just before we tempt fate.
Posted Feb 23, 2006 9:33 pm

Livelife4SummitsRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 9th, 2002  Sucess!

Livelife4Summits

By now I had access to some rusty old Buick and so it was a little smoother getting around. I found this trail approach to be a little sketchy, just because I managed to get lost actually finding it as my directions were not the greatest. This was an easy 3 hour hike, up and down...what an amazing view though, and then I saw the forest fire from the top that was happening near our Lodge at the Canyon....crazy
Posted Jan 6, 2006 1:43 am

Alcas24Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 3, 2005  Sucess!

Alcas24

My 3rd time up the peak, which is a popular after work hike for park employees. Traversed the ridge over to Hoyt which makes the hike alot more interesting and gives you a great view of Avalanche.
Posted Nov 3, 2005 1:29 am

Bob SihlerRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: July 19, 2002  Sucess!

Bob Sihler

I loved this hike-- short and very steep (in places) with a sense of wilderness below the peak and incredible views atop it. For my money, this is Yellowstone's best day hike. My wife Katie, who does not love steep trails and exposure (not much on this trail, though) thought it was great, too.



Posted Sep 28, 2005 9:35 pm

WY in ORRoute Climbed: East Entrance Road Date Climbed: December 31, 2003  Sucess!
I have climbed this peak at least once a year for the last 4 years. It is definitely a huffer getting up in any season. In the winter odds are good that you'll be breaking trail the whole way. Not much skiing/snowshoeing gets done in the park's mountains in the winter. Anyway, great views, and nice excursion to stretch the tourists legs. For the more adventurous, from the summit, try traversing the ridge going southeast to Hoyt Peak. Adds a little flavor to the hike.
Posted Oct 17, 2004 1:45 am

Joseph BulloughRoute Climbed: Avalance Peak Trail Date Climbed: 1979?  Sucess!

Joseph Bullough

Hiked up Avalanche Peak during a family vacation when I was around 15, so my memories of the hike are somewhat limited. I do remember the great views of Yellowstone from the summit, and an impressive effort by a family visiting from Florida who managed to reach the summit despite their sea-level lungs.
Posted Jun 23, 2004 12:15 pm

TexasClimberRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: Saturday, June 05, 2004  Sucess!

TexasClimber

Lorena and I climbed Avalanche Peak as a side trip to our venture in the Tetons and Yellowstone. Nevertheless, the route and mountain turned out to be more challenging than we thought. We were not prepared for the snow which ultimately turned the extreme walk up into a mini snow climb. I have posted an extensive and comprehensive set of photos and information detailing the route up under the route section of this mountain. Make sure to check it out before attempting this peak especially in June! Also, we did see giant bear tracks parallel to a climbers foot prints. I suspect the person before us a few days before our climb was eventually trailed by a Grizzly and didn't even know it! Be BEAR AWARE! Set aside at least 6 hours of your day to do this climb. It can be done in between 2 to 6 hours depending on your ability and conditions.
Posted Jun 8, 2004 2:43 pm

redneckpaulRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: July 1979, August 2003  Sucess!

redneckpaul

Climbed it as a day hike with Boy Scout troop 720 Hardin MT. With my wife last summer. Nice view of yellowstone lake and park. Nice day hike. Average person could do it.
Posted Feb 28, 2004 10:35 pm

b.Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: June 1993, July 2002  Sucess!

b.

A great hike and terrific views of Yellowstone Park. I've climbed this peak with some of my best friends, and that makes it even sweeter.
Posted Feb 17, 2004 9:40 am

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: July 1999  Sucess!

darinchadwick

Yep, it's a steep and sweaty trail. But breaking out above the timber, and above the other mountains in the area is worth it. The Tetons are a distant mirage of climbers fantasy. The dark brooding Absaroka mountains crowd in from 2 sides, and the gigantic Yellowstone Caldera is spread out before you. Truly, an amazing view from a trail, usually I have to hike for hours, or engage in technical climbing to get such a view.
Posted Feb 19, 2003 7:23 am

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