Yellowstone's Avalanche Peak (10,568 Feet)

Where: Absaroka Range, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
When: July 2008
Partners: DB
Route: Avalanche Peak Trail (Class 1)
Mileage/Gain: 5/2,200

Avalanche Peak from the lower slopes of Hoyt Peak

Despite the cool-sounding name, Avalanche Peak is a mellow mountain located in the Absaroka Range on the eastern edge of Yellowstone National Park. It makes for a fine half-day hike in a sublime wilderness.

With an initial walk through the forest, one comes above the treeline and the views open up. There, we began to encounter snow.
Hiking above treeline on Avalanche Peak

Soon reaching a cairned highpoint, one drops down ever so slightly and walks the final 100-yards across the wildflowered tundra to the highpoint.
Between the two summits

Once on the highpoint, one never wants to leave...

*Despite reading of a knife-edge ridge on the way to the summit, and being told by a ranger that one "must climb an arete" to reach the top, neither exists. This route is certifiable, 100% pure, easy trail...all the way.