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black Alternate East East Red Peak Ascent from Willowbrook Trailhead

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4.5 mile 7.2 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,964' 1,208 m
Descent: -115' -35 m
High: 12,834' 3,912 m
Low: 8,985' 2,739 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 17% (10°)
Max Slope: 107% (47°)
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Trail shared by Eric Internicola

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A long ascent, large elevation change, large avalanche path, and beautiful views.

Eric Internicola
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

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.

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May 14, 2017
Britton Thomas
Hiked to around 11,000 feet, then skinned the rest of the way.

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