Avalanche Mountain via Snow Lake trail (attempted)

I parked at Alpental and took trail 1013 (Snow Lake trail) to the pass just south of Snow Lake. At the pass I left the trail and followed a bootpath east on the ridge. I was planning to go to point 5,200+ on the ridge and then go north on another ridge to Avalanche Mountain. But at around 4,975' the ridge became very rocky and steep so I turned around. (Maybe I could have contoured below it, at the time the rainy and foggy conditions didn't let me see low enough to tell.)

On to plan B.

I returned to the trail at the pass and followed the trail to the low, broad ridge that runs east from Snow Lake to Avalanche Mountain. I pushed through tolerable amounts of huckleberry bushes on this ridge until I reached the base of Avalanche Mountain. Inexplicably, I turned around here and took the ridge back to Snow Lake.

On the way home I took the Source Lake loop trail, it has great views of Bryant Peak, The Tooth, and friends.

Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.