Avalanche Trail Gulch


Length of Hike: 6.1 miles one way to CR 365

Difficulty: Difficult

The first 2 miles of this hike is fairly steep, following a switchback trail before leveling out. After 3 miles, you will come to Silver Creek trailhead (9,360 ft.), which is the east ridge of Mt. Yale. After reaching Silver Creek, 3 additional miles of trail will lead you to intercept CR 365 which leads into the Horn Fork Basin.

Avalanche Trail follows the north-most 6 miles of Segment 13 on the Colorado Trail. Segment 13 in its entirety is 18.5mi, extending from CR 365 (your ending point) all the way to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort.

Because of the steepness of the trail as well as the reputation of the trail disappearing from time to time, Avalanche Trail Gulch is recommended for experienced hikers.


Directions to Avalanche Trail Gulch:

This trail is located 9 miles west of Buena Vista on CR 306. (24 minute drive time from Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort)
From the resort, CR 321 will take you up the hill and intersect with CR 306 just after Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Turn left on CR 306 – you will find the parking area on the right side of the road just past Rainbow Lake Resort.

10 Hiking Essentials

  1. Water (1.5 Liters per person per 5-6 hours)
  2. Snacks (Beef Jerky, nuts, power bar)
  3. Navigation (map and compass and/or GPS)
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
  6. First aid supplies
  7. Light (headlamp or flashlight)
  8. Fire starter and matches/lighter
  9. CD Rom or mirror, whistle, mosquito repellant
  10. Emergency shelter (Biffy Bag)



*****Please Remember*****

You are starting your adventure at roughly 8,000ft.

You are likely going to an even higher altitude – hydration is key.

Water, Water, Water!

This activity is an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for property loss, serious injury, and even death.  The risks include, but not limited to:  actions of other people, lack of hydration, weather, and/or other natural conditions.  Princeton Holdings, LLC DBA Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is not liable for any injury, property loss, damage, death, etc. occurring due to any activity outlined by any information sheet provided by the property.  Guests are participating in these activities on their own merit and assume all liability, with no liability to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort or its agents.


Surrounding Towns

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado is just 9 miles from Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. This unique mountain town is located on the Arkansas River. There are many shopping opportunities along with restaurants, a brewery and a distillery. LEARN MORE

Salida, Colorado

Salida, Colorado is 21 miles from the resort. This is Colorado’s largest National Historic District. Dine on the banks of the Arkansas River and explore the many art galleries in this historic downtown. This area was named Colorado’s first Creative Arts District. LEARN MORE


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