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A gentle skin to Trail Ridge Road.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Ascent

10,492' 3,198 m

High

9,421' 2,871 m

Low

1,071' 326 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

17%

Avg Slope (10°)

44%

Max Slope (24°)
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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Shared By:

Jeramiah Paylor

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  3.8 from 10 votes

#156

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#156

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Photos

Ascending Juniper. Photo by Ryan Case.
May 2, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
Riding the Lower Portion of Aspen
Jun 19, 2018 near Estes Park, CO
Had to hike out bottom but fun turns from top.
May 19, 2023 near Estes Park, CO
The powder was deep and amazing on this day!
Mar 13, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
View from the Parking Lot
May 30, 2022 near Estes Park, CO
Trail Ridge Road in Early February.
Dec 4, 2017 near Estes Park, CO

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