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West Bench Access

Easy/Intermediate

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0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer point to point
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Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 906' 276 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 9,706' 2,958 m
Low: 8,800' 2,682 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 21% (12°)
Max Slope: 47% (25°)
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Start at the main area, cross the bridge, skin next to the creek and up the rolling glades.

CaseyE Eales
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

This approach is the best of the area. When the temperatures are right, it leads to the best skiing at Old PH.

This skin track leads to 3 well-known area classics, the quality of which are much better than the east side, though the NE aspect means the snow softens here faster.

Be sure to find the bridge, if you cannot, the fastest other way around is to skin right next to the road from the parking area until the creek goes underneath the road, so be sure not to miss it.

As you ascend the skin track and you see the gently rolling glades, it will make your mouth water to lay down first tracks.

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Photos

The bottom of the glades which is the run names Prewis
Apr 19, 2015 near Palisade, CO
The Bridge
Apr 19, 2015 near Palisade, CO
Oh man, I can't wait to put down first tracks
Apr 19, 2015 near Palisade, CO
Here is the top of Prewis, there is an old Cat trail at the back of this flat clear area that leads to the Lift Run
Apr 19, 2015 near Palisade, CO
View down the Run, There is a flat spot about half way down, if you get suckered off to the left you'll end up in a boulder field. Don't go is snow is sub par.
Apr 19, 2015 near Palisade, CO
The old cat trail that leads to the Lift Run
Apr 19, 2015 near Palisade, CO

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