Avalanche Peak – Yellowstone National Park
This month’s feature “A hike to add to the list” focuses on Yellowstone National Park’s Avalanche Peak.
We are both big hikers, and are attempting to cover as many trails in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as possible. One that we test out every year is Avalanche Peak – across from Eleanor Lake, near the east entrance to the park.
With a 2,100 foot elevation gain, the view of Yellowstone at 10, 568 feet is SPECTACULAR! It takes my breath away in beauty and in my lungs.
The recommended 4 – 6 hour experience is usually cut down to 1.5 hours, as we often accidentally time this hike with spontaneous storm formations directly above us. With this being one of the tallest peaks in the region, we don’t want to get caught on the peak during a violent thunderstorm. So I must say, it is a quick jog down – straight down. I mean, I’ve had to actually slide down the side of the mountain where the snow hadn’t melted yet.
There isn’t a dull moment on the hike up between the large aspens, the bright green ferns and the springs popping out around the trail.
What you see when you reach the summit is a 360 degree view with amazingness all around. From this vantage point, you can see everything from Yellowstone Lake to Mount Washburn to even the Tetons, 50 miles to the south.
If you are looking for the best view in the park: this is your hike.