Avalanche Preserve: Walking Trail
Separate from the mountain bike trail is the Avalanche Walking Trail, a 3-mile system that climbs the ridge to the viewing decks and then follows the rugged ridge as it loops back to the Avalanche Warming Shelter and parking area.
A majority of the trail is a two-track that provides good footing and is easy to follow. On the east side of the ridge the system includes a side trail and spurs to Division Street and Contractors Drive. Much of the main loop is utilized by participants playing the 18-hole disc golf course.
The route described below is a 2.2-mile hike that follows the main loop is a counter clockwise direction – opposite of disc golf players – and begins with the steep climb to the observation decks at the top.
An easier alternative is to begin with stairway to the viewing decks. It’s 462 steps to the top but there are benches along the way where you can stop and catch your breath. At the observation decks, you can pick up the Walking Trail and continue your hike around the ridge.
Keep in mind that the restrooms at the Avalanche Warming Shelter are open during the summer but not the rest of the facility.
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