“The approach to access the Butler Gulch backcountry area.”
— Missy Thompson
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
To access Butler Gulch
, take a left at the first switchback on the ascent to Berthoud Pass (Road 202). Drive past the Henderson Mine and bear right onto Jones Pass Road, then park at the big lot. Start skinning from the parking lot and after a quarter of a mile take the left side road up to Butler Gulch
. The road to the right goes to Jones Pass.
The approach climbs moderately and then reaches a series of switchbacks that access the skiable terrain. Several obvious ski line are visible as you start to climb the switchbacks. Above treeline there are several lines in open bowls that can be a great ski if the avalanche danger is low.