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Caribou Approach

Easy/Intermediate
 3.0 (12)

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


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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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  3.0 from 12 votes

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Just below Baldy Summit, at the top of what Powder Project calls "Caribou Approach" ascent.
Jan 2, 2021 near Nederland, CO
Looking out over Caribou glade
Apr 14, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Skin track heading up to the top of Caribou
Apr 14, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Just some nice wind blown packed powder to ski through. Taken from the skin track up.
Feb 27, 2021 near Nederland, CO
Top of caribou
Feb 23, 2021 near Nederland, CO
Top of caribou
Feb 23, 2021 near Nederland, CO

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Feb 25, 2021
JJ Johns
After the snow last night, coverage was great through the day. No more wind blown bald spots early on the approach. Packed powder on the hill. 3.7mi — 3h 30m
Feb 4, 2021
Chris Stellato
windblown down to the dirt in some places before the turnoff. Fresh drifts in other places. Well covered after the right turn.
Jan 31, 2021
Kole Barr
Pretty good snow, decently deep. Layer of wet crust on top 3mi — 3h 00m
Jan 22, 2021
matt lazio
Jan 4, 2021
JJ Johns
The approach is very well covered, except for 150 yards or so just a little bit after you put your skis on. 3.3mi — 2h 17m
Dec 31, 2020
Chris Cederstrom
Dec 31, 2020
Chris Stellato
A few minor bald spots on the ascent but mostly covered up to treeline. Upper boulder fields still very exposed, barely any snow up top.
Apr 4, 2020
Be Hambright
Some small what appeared to be wet slides on east/southeast slopes that were steeper.