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1.2 mile 1.9 kilometer point to point
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Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,071' 326 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 10,492' 3,198 m
Low: 9,421' 2,871 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 17% (10°)
Max Slope: 44% (24°)
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Trail shared by Jeramiah Paylor

Avalanche risk for Apr 22, 2019: Low

Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features. Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely.

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A gentle skin to Trail Ridge Road

Jeramiah Paylor
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

This straightforward ascent route provides access to some of the more classic areas of Hidden Valley. From the parking area, cross the creek at the warming hut and follow it uphill into the trees. The best skinning stays to the left of the Columbine run, at the bottom of the hill. After you cross over the creek a couple of times, keep to the right. After about a mile of climbing and 1,100' of elevation gain, you'll arrive at Trail Ridge Road (10,500'). From here, either ski down the run you just ascended, or continue climbing to the top of Tombstone Ridge via any of the runs in the upper bowl.

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Mar 18, 2019
Bryan Stewart
1.2mi
Feb 9, 2019
Caitlin Duffy
Skied down
Dec 16, 2018
nrj5011
Dec 9, 2018
Eric Internicola
Skinned with Mike. Pretty well traveled and plenty of people. Packed skin track. 1.2mi
May 6, 2018
David Willenbrink
Apr 21, 2018
Sarah Niemeyer
Mar 10, 2018
Dale Sitzmann
Jan 2, 2017
Britton Thomas

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