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Coal Creek

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0.5 Miles 0.8 Kilometers


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Ascent

-749' -228 m

Descent

30%

Avg Slope (17°)

44%

Max Slope (24°)

11,078' 3,377 m

High

10,329' 3,148 m

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Avalanche risk for Apr 19, 2018: Moderate

Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern. Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible.

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One of Durango's most popular backcountry areas.

Missy Thompson

Description

From the Coal Bank Pass ascent, pick your line and head northeast towards Coal Creek. This area is entirely in the trees and there are a few cliff bands, which are easy to negotiate, but important to be aware of. The goal is to aim for the intersection of Coal Creek and Hwy 550, dropping to the creek too early can put you in a terrain trap and travel can be difficult in the thicker brush by the creek.

Alternatively, descending too soon can leave you with a steep descent to the highway. This is a fun run, and with a bit of searching, you'll find good snow even in the worst of conditions. This is a great run to connect with the Deer Creek Ascent. If this is the end of your journey you can retrace your route, walk up the highway or stick a thumb out!

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