Description: This trail runs along the cold, clear waters of Avalanche Creek for 11 miles and
ends at Avalanche Lake. It is an enjoyable two or three day trip and yet some folks have been
known to do it in one day. This route is moderately to heavily used and runs through aspen and
conifer stands with flower-filled meadows throughout the trip. Periodically the vistas of Capitol,
Clark and other peaks of the Elk Mountains will come into view. There are fine camping spots all
along the route (stay 100 ft. from trail, streams and lakes) and fishing for native cutthroat trout is
possible in the lake and the creek. The final two miles to Avalanche Lake is steep and camping is
better right below the lake than at it. If you want to get to Capitol Lake, you will find the trail
junction approximately 1/2 mile after you climbed the switchbacks. From the junction it is a steep
one mile climb to Capitol Lake. To get to Silver Creek Pass, take the trail junction to the right a
little more than 1/4 mile from the lake. The first mile is very steep but there are great views once
you get up there.
Directions: From Carbondale, drive 12.5 miles south on Hwy 133. Turn left at Avalanche Creek sign and follow 2.5 miles past campground to the trailhead parking lot at the southeast end of campground.