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Old 05-12-2013, 08:11 AM   #1
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Avalanche Lake

I recently did a quick hike in to Avalanche Lake, just the south end of it to break new boots in.
What is the official distance? If I follow the signs at Marcy Dam, it would appear to be 4.3 miles one way. If I follow the sign closer to the Wright/Algonquin cut off on the VH trail, it would be 4.9 miles one way.
Not really a big deal, but I'd like to know as I keeping track of my distance/speed in preparation for a long hike out west.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:38 AM   #2
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Pretty sure the 4.3 miles is correct
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:05 AM   #3
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For what it's worth, plotting this using National Geographic's 2007 ADK software give the following distances:

From ADK Loj/Heart Lake down trail 61 to Marcy Dam then Trail 68 to the South end of Avalanche = 4.29 miles (elevation change +1271 -526' = +745')

From ADK Loj/Heart Lake down Trail 61 to 64, then 67 to Marcy Dam, and finally 68 to South of Avalanche = 4.61 miles (elevation change +1428' -676' = +752')


Note that the software has its moments in terms of accuracy and depends on how accurate my starting and ending points are. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:41 AM   #4
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South end or north end? It's ~4.3 to the north end, then another half mile or so along the lake to the south end.
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