Avalanche Peak Climber's Log

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cp0915 - Aug 3, 2008 7:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2008

Standard  Sucess!

Easy hike with a fun windbreak lunchspot on the top. Then on to Hoyt Peak, a much more interesting mountain.


captainbuuda - Jul 21, 2008 11:18 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2008

1st yellowstone peak  Sucess!

Very fun peak; 1st glissade experience too. Incredible views of the absaroka range as well.

ChaddBragg - Mar 6, 2008 2:36 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2007

First for the Fiance  Sucess!

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


NoSubas - Feb 24, 2008 3:44 pm Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2005

Ski trip  Sucess!

Great skiing from the summit, some slopes clearly prone to avalanche. Saw grizz tracks across the namesake slope of the mountain.

Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Aug 30, 2007 9:55 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2007

The Windy Ascent  Sucess!

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.

Michael Hoyt

Michael Hoyt - Jul 24, 2007 7:40 pm Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2007

Did the Double  Sucess!

Had a great day climbing both Hoyt and Avalanche Peaks with Bob Sihler. Couldn't have asked for a better day!

Sam Page

Sam Page - Jul 22, 2007 8:53 pm

Summer 1993  Sucess!

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.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Jul 19, 2007 8:43 pm Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2007

Second time  Sucess!

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.


bpv_UW - Feb 3, 2007 9:27 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2005

Standard route  Sucess!

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.


tacoturner - Dec 26, 2006 6:28 am

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: 2005  Sucess!

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.


jakefrisbee - Mar 14, 2006 8:39 pm

Trail  Sucess!

Hiked Avalanche in the Summer of 2001 with fellow employees from Canyon AmFac Housekeeping. Great, short buttkicker type hike!


Jolee - Mar 11, 2006 6:00 am Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2000

Always a Great Hike  Sucess!

A beautiful day hike - even better with friends.


Livelife4Summits - Jan 6, 2006 1:43 am

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

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


Alcas24 - Nov 3, 2005 1:29 am

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

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.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Sep 28, 2005 9:35 pm

Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: July 19, 2002  Sucess!

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.

WY in OR - Oct 17, 2004 1:45 am

Route 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.

Joseph Bullough

Joseph Bullough - Jun 23, 2004 12:15 pm

Route Climbed: Avalance Peak Trail Date Climbed: 1979?  Sucess!

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.


TexasClimber - Jun 8, 2004 2:43 pm

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

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.


redneckpaul - Feb 28, 2004 10:35 pm

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

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.


b. - Feb 17, 2004 9:40 am

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

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.

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