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.
After climbing Hoyt Peak with Mike Hoyt, we hiked up Avalanche via the saddle between it and Hoyt. No one else was up there, the morning was beautiful, and life was great.
Great short (but very steep) climb. WINDY on the summit ridge and summit (?80 mph or so). Beautiful views encompassing the Absarokas, much of Yellowstone, the Tetons, etc. Climbed with my brother.
climbed this peak a number a of times during the 2005 summer season. quite an amazing view at sunset, and especially so on clear days when you can see all the way to the Grand, towering over the Tetons and a sea of GYE peaks...
there was a fun "challenge" that we put to our fellow scramblers when I lived in Yellowstone:
start at Eleanor Lake parking, tag the summit of Avalanche and follow the ridgeline as it curves back around to connect up to Hoyt, then boogie down the slope to cross the road and tag Grizzly peak and take up that ridge to Top Notch peak, then back drag yourself back to the car to drive back to the pub for a victory round.
on a whim, we named it the Quattro del Fuego.
Hiked Avalanche in the Summer of 2001 with fellow employees from Canyon AmFac Housekeeping. Great, short buttkicker type hike!
A beautiful day hike - even better with friends.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.