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West Bench Access

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Length

0.8 Miles 1.3 Kilometers


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Elevation

906' 276 m

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Descent

21%

Avg Slope (12°)

47%

Max Slope (25°)

9,706' 2,958 m

High

8,800' 2,682 m

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Avalanche risk for Feb 21, 2018: Considerable

Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential. Natural avalanches possible; human-triggered avalanches likely.

Full forecast for CAIC: Grand Mesa — Brought to you by CO Avalanche Information Center

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Start at the main area, cross the bridge, skin next to the creek and up the rolling glades.

CaseyE Eales

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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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After uploading this area I became aware of the site: summitpost.org/grand-mesa-m… This has helped me with the names, since I already posted the area on Powproj. I will try to incorporate this information as best as I can so the information is complete. But I will not copy and paste the information, please refer to both sites if you want more information on the area. Apr 21, 2015

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