This is a two mile hike to Avalanche Lake (one way). The Park Service rates this as moderate which is about right. Being older and carrying extra poundage, it was a bit of a cardio workout headed to the lake. There are plenty of uphill parts and the trail can be pretty rocky and uneven. I believe it's about an 800' rise although it seemed like more sometimes. Of course coming back seems to be a breeze after the hike in. A very doable hike for most people. Fantastic scenery all the way and Avalance Lake is quiet and beautiful surrounded by majestic peaks with waterfalls cascading down. We didn't see any wildlife but moose and bear are seen on a fairly regular basis. Tip: Go early before the trail gets crowded with other hikers. I would recommend no later then an 8:00AM start. Worth the trip.
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