A2A Avalanche Mtn (100 Highest & Bushwhack) NOT FOR BEGINNERS!

Avalanche Mountain is one of the other 54 high peaks. 3800' 8 miles round trip

NOT FOR BEGINNERS!!!!!

This is a bushwhack with no trails, so if you don't mind getting poked in the eye or have your skin ripped off all over your body then this is the hike for you! You must be in good physical condition! This will not be an easy hike. 

We'll start at South Meadows (if the road has been opened), follow the trail to Marcy Dam and from there head to Kagel Lean-To which brings us to the start of our bushwhack. About a mile away from the summit. About an hour of bushwhacking just to reach the summit. We'll follow the Wright Brook keeping it on our right! Right for Wright...or Wright for Right! In any case, it is might for might. We'll be pushing and charging our way through the pines! Wright Brook is located in Caribou Pass so not only will we be bushwhacking, but visiting a lesser used area of the adk. We're estimating a 7 hour trip, but could be longer! 

John and I have been going over the plans and have been coordinating compass bearings, but if anyone else would like to get in on the compass readings please don't hesitate. 

Towards the summit, it is reported to be very thick in growth (trees) and along the way we will encounter cliffs/ledges, but it's also reported the ledges offer some great views of the surrounding peaks. We'll be able to see Colden's scars! Kind of like being on Pyramid looking at Gothics. Only experienced hikers allowed this time!

Only experienced hikers allowed this time!

The bump in front of Colden is Avalanche Mountain. 

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  • tag

    Wow! What a day! We had Spencer Morrissey join us (author of "The Other 54"), and what a pleasure it was hiking with him and Correne! Not to mention the bushwhack was totally fun! We went up through Caribou Pass for about 1.5 miles and then cut up into the woods on a south bearing. Avalanche Mtn has some incredible views to offer, but you have to go looking for them and you have to fight through the trees, but worth every scratch!!!! We went down the west side towards Caribou Pond. Caribou Pond is a hidden gem! Beautiful area! We had 7 in our group who were enthusiastic and lighthearted! Lots of fun! Of course the ride home with the friendly banter was well enjoyed also! An awesome day!!!!

    June 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    okay sounds good, will jump in on something simpler, get my equipment, thank you!

    May 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So guys, I am brand new to the group and want to get involved but have no equipment. I can't make this hike although I want to but want to be in on the next one. Can I get a list of what I should have and maybe the best place to get it?

    May 30, 2014

    • tag

      Todd, this hike in no way is suitable for a beginner. You might want to try some smaller peaks 1st and get a feel for hiking with elevation.

      May 30, 2014

    • tag

      list of items for hiking: hiking boots (no exception), backpack with a 3 liter water bladder, non-cotton clothing (something quick drying) extra pair of hiking socks (darn tough, dri max, smart wool...etc) hiking poles are optional, for bushwhacks - saftey glasses/goggles. First aid kit. Map of the area you'll be hiking and a compass (must know how to use compass if bushwhacking. I think there is a list of equipment on this site somewhere. I'm sure I'm forgetting some things.

      May 30, 2014

  • tag

    This hike is for EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY!!!!! It is not for beginners!

    May 30, 2014

  • Johnny G

    Sounds great. I may be able to make it. Tracy can I bring my dog Louie ? Hows the lean- to odds ?

    May 29, 2014

    • tag

      Hey Johnny G....it's been a long time!!!!....I'm afraid I might be cancelling this hike. Still waiting to hear back from another leader for another hike. To answer your question though, no, this hike is definitely not suitable for dogs. It's a bushwhack where the trees are so tight you won't be able to see 2 feet in front of you at times. Not only will we be dealing with dense forest, but also blowdown. Just not friendly terrain.

      May 29, 2014

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