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Sheep Creek Basin

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2.5 mile 4.0 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,037' 316 m
Descent: -140' -43 m
High: 8,559' 2,609 m
Low: 7,573' 2,308 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 9% (5°)
Max Slope: 21% (12°)
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Trail shared by Hilary Eisen

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An easy approach gets you into a basin with endless ski potential.

Hilary Eisen
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

From the visitor center in town find the Miller Road and follow the snowmobile trail up, eventually leaving the groomed road and heading west towards Sheep Basin. Once you enter the basin drop down towards the creek to avoid traversing the avalanche-prone south facing slopes of Miller. Follow the low ridge in the middle of the basin until you are forced to drop down to the creek. At this point you can skin up the north facing burn for mellow turns or head further up the basin for steeper lines.

This area is open to snowmobiles and there may be tracks or and/or sleds on any given slope.

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Dec 4, 2016
Andrew Wilson
Toured up the basin during a snowstorm that covered our tracks by the time we made our way out. Avy risk was high, visibility low. 7mi — 5h 30m

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Scoping out ski lines upon entering Sheep Basin.  The low-angle/high avalanche danger day terrain is out of view to the left.
Feb 2, 2015 near Cooke City, MT
Looking up at East Ridge of Mineral Mountain, on approach to Sheep Creek Basin
Apr 27, 2019 near Cooke City, MT
View of Mineral Mountain North Side Burn, looking SW from Sheep Creek, at the bottom of the ski lines
Apr 27, 2019 near Cooke City, MT

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