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Caribou Approach

Intermediate
 2.8 (8)

A casual approach to a low angle and playful slope with optional steeper glade lines.


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Map Key

2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Ascent

11,122' 3,390 m

High

9,945' 3,031 m

Low

1,178' 359 m

Up

57' 17 m

Down

12%

Avg Slope (7°)

36%

Max Slope (20°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
Respect private property crossings.

Description

On a powder day, you'll need a 4WD car to access the top part of Caribou Road since the road is not plowed in the winter. Park alongside the road by the old mining structures, or at the end of the road.

The approach is mellow and flat for about 1.75 miles. Take the second fork in the trail, to the right. From the broken down cabins on the left, follow the trail to the right. Here you'll start your ascent up the base of the slope. This hike takes about 10 minutes and there should be a distinct skin track when no fresh snow has fallen. At the top of the knob, head right to the open meadow and choose your line.

This area is lap-able without backtracking on the approach. The slope is open and east facing, so prone to wind loading and fills in nice early season, but can lead to stability issues on steeper aspects.

Overall, this is a safe and playful slope that you can lap 3 - 4 times on a good day.

On the hike out, get ready to strap skins on, as the last section of the hike is a low-grade climb out to the parking lot.

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Sallie Hoefer

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Photos

Skin track heading up to the top of Caribou
Apr 14, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Looking out over Caribou glade
Apr 14, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Skin line in
Apr 14, 2015 near Nederland, CO

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Apr 4, 2020
Be Hambright
Some small what appeared to be wet slides on east/southeast slopes that were steeper.
Mar 21, 2020
Daniel Hall
Feb 18, 2019
Corey Adam
6mi
Feb 17, 2019
Josh K
Apr 17, 2017
Anfarwal Vr
w/ JD, quick lap with Nala. Got nearly shot at the parking lot — 2h 30m
Feb 12, 2017
CK Kenn
5.7mi
Jan 28, 2017
Blake Gansborg
Jan 18, 2017
Blake Gansborg