Hike to Avalanche Pass

Rate this Adventure New York Avalanche Pass Trailhead

Added by Rebecca Nichols

Walk through one of the most spectacular routes in the Adirondacks with sheer rock walls rising directly out of the water on both sides.

Starting at the end of Adirondack Loj Road in the far right parking lot you will locate the trail register.  After signing in you will follow the Van Hovenberg trail.  At 1.0 mile you will reach a junction and turn left continuing an additional 1.3 miles to Marcy Dam.  From here there are views of Mount Colden and Wright Peak.  Marcy Dam alone is a beautiful spot.  The dam was breached a few years back after some destruction from a hurricane.  There is however a newly constructed bridge about 75 yards downstream you can now cross.  Once across and on the other side of Marcy Dam you will follow the yellow marked trail.  At times you will walk along the bank of Marcy Brook until finally you will cross it on a bridge.  Shortly after you reach the next junction.  You will continue to follow the yellow marked trail to Avalanche Lake.  This last section of trail has some log stairs and can be wet in areas. 

Eventually it will descend toward Avalanche Lake.  You will see the slopes rise from the water of Mount Colden on your left and even higher slopes to your right from Avalanche Mountain.  Now you can continue through this area on the right known as Avalanche Pass.  You will pass over ledges, large boulders, and many crevices aided by bridges and ladders.  In two areas where the cliffs rise directly out of the water you will pass on bridges bolted to the cliffs.  While on the second bridge look across the lake to the impressive Colden Trap Dike.  Continue on and cross a small footbridge over the outlet.  Here you can look back up the pass.  Now you can retrace your steps back for an amazingly scenic hike.

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Camera
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More




Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



10.4 Miles


Easy Parking

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by Rebecca Nichols

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

More Adventures Nearby

Hike the Pharaoh Mountain Loop

New York / Pharaoh Mountain Trailhead

You start off at the initial parking area on Crane Pond Road. There is a sign in register here. From here you will have a 1.9 mile one-way walk on a rough road to Crane Pond.

Rebecca Nichols
5 Saves

Walk along the Sacandaga River Pathway

New York / Sacandaga River Pathway Trailhead

Located in the heart of Speculator this nature trail is a perfect spot for the entire family.  Park at the large free parking area across from the Lake Pleasant beach on Route 30.

Rebecca Nichols
3 Saves

Hike the Soda Range Loop

New York / Crows Clearing Trailhead

This fun and scenic hike is located in Keene, NY. The trailhead is located at Crows Clearing at the end of Otoole Rd. There are two trailheads.

Rebecca Nichols
14 Saves