Published: May 7th 2012May 1st 2012
A backpack along the Avalanche Creek valley. This trail follows the major drainage that runs west from the heart of the Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness. It is a long, valley-bottom trek with meadows sprinkled liberally along the timbered valley floor, ending with a steady climb to a spectacular lake basin. Connecting trails include the Hell Roaring, East Creek, Avalanche Pass, Capitol Creek, and Silver Creek Pass routes, making the Avalanche Creek Trail an integral part of any extended trip in the western half of the wilderness.
Drive south 12 1/2 miles on Highway 133 from Carbondale. Turn left at the sign for Avalanche Creek and follow the road for 2 1/2 miles past Avalanche Campground to the parking area at the southeast end of the campground.
Avalanche Creek Trail is within the Maroon Bell-Snowmass Wilderness, please educate yourself about Wilderness Ethics and rules.* DOGS MUST BE LEASHED out of consideration for both other people and wildlife.
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