“A long ascent, large elevation change, large avalanche path, and beautiful views.”
— Eric Internicola
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
This ascent is listed in "Climbing and Skiing Colorado's Mountains: 50 Select Ski Descents" (purchase here: amazon.com/Climbing-Skiing-…
). This approach is an "alternate" approach from the south rather than the north. This approach follows the South Willowbrook Trail, then breaks off to the west, through the trees (with a short descent), then follows the ridge-line (continuing to the west) through the trees until you ascend beyond the tree-line. You'll then be in the "Catchers Mitt", where you can choose an approach to the top of the bowl.
Note: This is a 4000 foot ascent, so it will take a long time, and you should plan your trip accordingly. In the springtime, above tree line the bowl will become dangerous (isothermic) and there is wet slide potential.