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Crystal Creek basin approach - Francie's Cabin approach



3.0 mile 4.8 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 2,260' 689 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 12,640' 3,853 m
Low: 10,380' 3,164 m


Avg Slope: 14% (8°)
Max Slope: 22% (13°)
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A descent little skin in, that will get you warmed up

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Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry


Get an early start unless you're staying at Francie's cabin (then lucky you).

Park at the Spruce Creek trailhead and skin up. Start up the Spruce Creek trailhead initially but you'll soon break off onto the Crystal Creek trail (not marked by blue diamonds). It is relatively obvious, but you still need to pay attention. The Spruce Creek trail will get you to the same place and is marked by blue diamonds, but you'll be adding a bit of mileage to your approach.

Eventually you'll break out of tree line and find yourself approaching Francie's cabin, continue past the cabin up the valley until you see some obvious openings up the south facing slope on your right. Work your way safely up the to gain the ridgeline of Peak 10. Take a breather and enjoy the view. Once you have established your skin track you can lap many lines up and down this ridgeline. Enjoy.

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Mar 21, 2020
Wet, heavy and crusty up top.
Jan 25, 2020
Antonino Del Rossa
Mar 20, 2018
Dirtbag Dre
Descended from hut to parking lot via this trail. With the family and oh so good!
Feb 18, 2018
Sarah Anderson

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A little slice of heaven
Mar 5, 2015 near Brecken…, CO
Morning coffee at Francie's. A beautiful cabin everyone should enjoy.
Apr 1, 2015 near Brecken…, CO
Just a bit of snow...
Mar 5, 2015 near Brecken…, CO
Looking south across the valley at the ridge line of Mt. Helen and more great skiing.
Mar 5, 2015 near Brecken…, CO
Doesn't get any better then when you have trail breakers.
Mar 5, 2015 near Brecken…, CO

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