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blue Butler Gulch West Bowl

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0.5 mile 0.7 kilometer point to point
Ski Line
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -577' -176 m
High: 11,686' 3,562 m
Low: 11,109' 3,386 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 24% (13°)
Max Slope: 29% (16°)
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Trail shared by Gunks Jesse

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 wide bowl with many options that is great for backcountry skiers getting into the sport.

Gunks Jesse
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

The main Butler Gulch ascent goes straight up the center of the valley, running alongside the creek. About a mile and a half up, the ascent splits east to Butler Gulch East, and west (right) to Butler Gulch West. Continue ascending to Butler Gulch West along an old road to the tree line and Butler Bowl.

Butler Gulch West is a wide open bowl with lots of descent options. Expect big smiles and nice intermediate backcountry lines.

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Apr 16, 2019
Brandon Wayne
Dec 9, 2018
Jordan Fisher
Jan 2, 2018
Caitlin Duffy
4mi
Oct 12, 2017
Ryo Sueda
Not enough snow to skin up from the trailhead until the base of southwest wall. 1~2 feet of snow with a lot of rocks underneath 2.2mi
Feb 21, 2016
Mauricio Herrera Cuadra
with Isabelle & Taylor

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