AVALANCHE PEAK TRAIL

Trailhead: West end of Eleanor Lake across the road to the east of the small creek
Distance: 5 miles (8 km) roundtrip
Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

This steep trail climbs 1,800 ft in 2.5 miles without the benefit of switchbacks, passing through a forested area and into an old avalanche slide area. It continues through a whitebark pine forest to a small meadow at the base of the bowl of Avalanche Peak, offering some of the most spectacular views in the park. The trail continues up a scree slope along the narrow ridgeline of Avalanche Peak, and an unmarked trail drops down the northeast side of the bowl and returns to the meadow. Whitepark pines are a source of food for grizzlies; be sure to check for any posted signs concerning grizzly activity.

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