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Nelson's Follie (aka: "The Hoops")

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.7 (7) SKI LINE

A natural gulch that opens to a steep aspen glade


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Ski Line

11,314' 3,449 m

High

10,731' 3,271 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

583' 178 m

Down

18%

Avg Slope (10°)

32%

Max Slope (18°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

The bottom of this trail is below a pretty large avalanche runout zone (Floral Park)

Description

From the parking lot at the top of Berthoud Pass, you drop into the obvious ravine to skiers right (adjacent to the road) and continue skiing in this gulch. Eventually this gulch opens up to a wonderful (but steeper) glade. This might give an intermediate skier / rider a bit of a challenge, but it's well worth it. The trail finally ends near the road, where most people will hitchhike back to the parking lot. Alternatively though, you could skin back up from where you came.

History & Background

Berthoud Pass has a lot of history, see the Friends of Berthoud Pass site: amazon.com/Climbing-Skiing-…

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Eric Internicola

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 7 votes

#11

in Berthoud Pass

#330

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  3.7 from 7 votes
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Ski Line Rankings

#11

in Berthoud Pass

#110

in Colorado

#330

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Photos

Old Berthoud Pass trail map.
Mar 18, 2015 near Winter…, CO
Nelson's Follie, in the gulch again.  Pictured is my friend Geoff.
Mar 14, 2015 near Winter…, CO
Nelson's Follie (aka: The Hoops) just as the gulch opens to a fantastic glade with astounding views.
Mar 14, 2015 near Winter…, CO
West side of the pass (across from the parking lot).
Mar 14, 2015 near Winter…, CO

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