My first "big" western peak.
Climbed it in the late afternoon on a day with a chance of thunderstorms. Luckily, no thunderstorms rolled in. Just some tiny wildfire on the east side of Hoyt Peak. And massive winds near the top. I estimate the winds to be between 70 and 80 mph on the ridge between the false summit and the real summit. Tons of shaking wildflowers (from the wind) too.
I didn't really find the views that "inspirational" though that could be that the sun had made Yellowstone Lake glaringly bright and difficult to look at.
This is also my most northern 10k peak.
My first 10K peak. For a Southern fellow this was a real experience for me. Didn't hit Hoyt Peak due to thunder rolling in. But Avalanche was gorgeous!
I hiked up to this summit a couple of times in the nineties. I need to return because it really is an unbelievable view. For a peak with a trail and a very close highway, it is hard to beat. Mt Washburn gets way more hiker traffic and the view from Avalanche is inspirational.
This trail was steep and direct. I really enjoyed the hike. Great views from the summit. We stayed there for quite a while but had to leave since a storm was moving in. It rained during the entire drive home.
I climbed this peak about 5 years ago on a 3 week road trip I took with my significant other. This peak was difficult for me to climb at the time. I remember it being very windy, cold, and ominous. By the time we made it back to the car the sun was shining....a true Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde kind of experience.
Hiked to the top from the SE ridge with my wife on a perfect August day (very little wind!) after summitting Hoyt Peak. Saw a grizzly near Lake Overlook after finishing the hike...
Nice little hike with great views of the surrounding peaks. Worth doing again.
Two-hour hike up and down. No bears, very few people, amazing view.
Great and not-very-hard hike. I have a trip report about this one. Great views and awesome snow-feilds.
My roommate and I were going to hike to several waterfalls in the park but decided to climb Avalanche Peak instead. Great hike, no clouds on that day, and the winds were tolerable. Near the summit they passed 50+mph so the last few hundred feet past the last trees was brisk. Still completed the hike with just t-shirts and a long-sleeve on, never needed the coats we hauled. Very beautiful views from the top, took several panorama shots from the summit. Not sure if I agree its only 2 miles, took us 1.5hrs to get down without stopping and keeping a good pace. Very steep
Great view of the Park for such a short hike. Traversed over to the small peak to the east (between Avalanch and Hoyt) for a nice boot ski back down to the trail.
Easy walkup...but the views are definitely worth it. Did it with 5 spanish friends. We saw a giant wildfire to the southeast.
Easy hike with a fun windbreak lunchspot on the top. Then on to Hoyt Peak, a much more interesting mountain.
Very fun peak; 1st glissade experience too. Incredible views of the absaroka range as well.
This was a first for my fiance. Even thougth she held on to my backpack and I had to drag her along a bit we made it to the top. Saw some very friendly wildlife like marmots and deer along the way
Great skiing from the summit, some slopes clearly prone to avalanche. Saw grizz tracks across the namesake slope of the mountain.
My sons (Nate 17 and Evan 10) went up and had lunch at the top. The last part was VERY windy but otherwise sunny and beautiful. Saw marmots at treeline.
Had a great day climbing both Hoyt and Avalanche Peaks with Bob Sihler. Couldn't have asked for a better day!
This peak served an important role in my learn-it-yourself, trial-and-error filled mountaineering course. I first tried to climb the peak in late spring through several feet of snow, but stopped at a plateau near the summit ridge when I fell in up to my neck and it started snowing. I then returned on a very sunny day a few weeks later only to find myself rubbing a friend's very cold feet on the way down and putting another friend in circumstances that gave him snowblindness the next day. It wasn't until my fourth ascent that I actually made it to the true summit. Feeling especially confident, two of us hiked in button-down shirts with ties and drank an entire bottle of Boone's wine from wine glasses on top. I returned to climb it again in August 1996.