Avalanche Lake is a 9acre mountain lake located in the Adirondack High Peaks in New York. Avalanche Lake sits at 2885 feet (879 m) between 4,714-foot (1,437 m) Mount Colden and-3816 foot (1163 m) Avalanche Mountain. The two mountains rise in vertical cliffs from the surface of the lake. Immediately west of Avalanche Mountain (formerly known as Caribou Mountain) lies the MacIntyre Range— 5,115-foot (1,559 m) Algonquin Peak (the second highest mountain in the state), 4829-foot (1472 m) Boundary Peak, 4,843-foot (1,476 m) Iroquois Peak and 4,380-foot (1,335 m) Mount Marshall. Mount Marcy is 2.5 (4 km) miles to the east. Avalanche Lake feeds Lake Colden to the south, in the Hudson River watershed. To the north, the trail to the lake from the Adirondak Loj surmounts Avalanche Pass, which is only slightly above lake level but separates it from the Lake Champlain (St. Lawrence River) watershed. Following the lake toward Lake Colden, the trail is choked with large boulders, and a number of wooden ladders have been built to make passage possible. There are also three places where the trail takes to wooden catwalks, first built in the 1920s, that are bolted directly into the cliff face. This section is known as the "Hitch-Up Matilda;" in 1868 when a mountain guide waded to carry one of his clients past a point with no footing on shore, her husband urged her to sit higher on his shoulders.Put Avalanche Lake on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Adirondack trip planner .
Avalanche Lake Reviews
This is a really good trail if you are with less experienced hikers. While its not technically challenging the views and route are beautiful. Avalanche lake is a stunning place to finish and the perfe... more »
Pour se rendre au lac Avalanche nous avons stationné notre véhicule au bout de Adirondack Loj Road. Le coût de stationnement est de 10 $ avant 1h pm et 5 $ après 1h pm. Le trajet pour se rendre au lac... more »To get to the Avalanche Lake we parked our vehicle at the end of Adirondack Loj Road. The cost of parking is $ 10 before 1: 00 pm and $5 after 1: 00 pm. To get to the Lake takes about 10.4 miles round trip. The route is beautiful and pretty easy for people moderately in shape. We loved the day hike. Amazing once again!
Small lake with a super fun and moderately challenging hike around it. You’ll be climbing over boulders, up and down ladders, and crossing small plank foot bridges. Personally I loved the experience, it felt like my own personal jungle gym in the middle of nature. It might be difficult to navigate if you’re not in very good shape/aren’t coordinated or have a heavy pack.
Best hike in the ADK avalanche lake to Mt. Algonquin
Plan your trip to Adirondack
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Adirondack
Duration: 2h 30min
Plans to Avalanche Lake by other users
2 days in Adirondack BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 50 days in New York State BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Adirondack BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in Lake Placid BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Adirondack BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in Lake Placid BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium