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Diamond Couloir Approach via old Gold Camp Road

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0.9 mile 1.5 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 500' 152 m
Descent: -2' -1 m
High: 8,039' 2,450 m
Low: 7,542' 2,299 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 10% (6°)
Max Slope: 40% (22°)
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A straightforward approach on a road to some steep skinning.

Chris Dickson
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

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From the large parking lot at the intersection of Gold Camp Road and High Drive, follow the (now closed to car traffic) old road west towards the Diamond Couloir, which you can see from the parking lot. It is easy and fast skinning along this totally flat roadbed. Once you hit the corner where the road switchbacks, take a right up off the road and onto a trail. When you see a sign for Jones Park, look uphill to the left for a small social trail to skin/bootpack up (depending on conditions). This steep trail takes you directly to the bottom of the Diamond Couloir if you follow it straight up the hill.

Overall, this approach is pretty quick. Climbing the couloir after that is what can be time consuming.

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Looking up the Diamond Couloir.
Mar 18, 2015 near Manitou…, CO
The top of the run is behind that cloud.
May 2, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
The approach to the Diamond Couloir on old Gold Camp Road. It is the very obvious line in the upper left section of the photo.
Mar 18, 2015 near Manitou…, CO
Looking up from the bottom - it's steeper than it appears!
May 2, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
Base of the diamond couloir ascent. Be prepared for some heavy duty switchbacking! You might be better off carrying your skis until you break treeline
Apr 14, 2015 near Manitou…, CO
Awesome snow on the Diamond Couloir after an early morning run, be prepared for tracked out snow if you don't do a dawn patrol, even on powder days
Apr 14, 2015 near Manitou…, CO

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