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Galena Mountain South Ridge

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 4.0 (2) SKI LINE

A great day trip from Uncle Bud's hut.


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1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Ski Line

12,726' 3,879 m

High

11,477' 3,498 m

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Up

1,249' 381 m

Down

16%

Avg Slope (9°)

22%

Max Slope (13°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

Technically easy and relatively avalanche-safe, this route offers a superb summit with a decent (but not great) ski down.

Description

From the hut, head straight east until you find the Colorado Trail. It is well marked, generally tracked, and shouldn't be too hard to find (use the onX Backcountry mobile app if necessary). Follow the trail southwest until you get to Galena Mountain's prominent south ridge. You'll be right at treeline and out in the open at this point.

Climb this ridgeline to the summit (near the ridgeline is safer, but less snowy due to wind). After about 1,200 feet of climbing you'll attain the summit with superb views in all directions.

Ski back the way you came, being considerate of increased avalanche risk the further you get west from the ridge.

Shared By:

Nick Wilder

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#343

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Nearing the top of Galena Mountain
Jan 30, 2015 near Leadvil…, CO
Heading back from our ascent of Galena Mountain
Jan 30, 2015 near Leadvil…, CO
Megan soaks up the goods.
Jan 30, 2015 near Leadvil…, CO

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