MOUNT PRINCETON HOT SPRINGS RESORT
Avalanche Trail Gulch
Length of Hike: 6.1 miles one way to CR 365
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
- Water (1.5 Liters per person per 5-6 hours)
- Snacks (Beef Jerky, nuts, power bar)
- Navigation (map and compass and/or GPS)
- Extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
- First aid supplies
- Light (headlamp or flashlight)
- Fire starter and matches/lighter
- CD Rom or mirror, whistle, mosquito repellant
- Emergency shelter (Biffy Bag)
12 popular trailheads in the Nathrop area with hikes for all abilities and age levels. Surrounding areas have additional options for exploring our beautiful valley.