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black Mt. Russell, SE Face

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0.7 mile 1.1 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -987' -301 m
High: 12,203' 3,720 m
Low: 11,216' 3,419 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 27% (15°)
Max Slope: 86% (41°)
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Trail shared by Jacob Winey

Avalanche risk for Apr 21, 2019: Low

Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features. Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely.

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One of the steepest lines on Berthoud Pass, and a great, quick spring tour.

Jacob Winey
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

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The top part is no-fall because of the waterfall in the center of the face.

Description

This face of Russell is clearly visible from highway 40 near the top of Berthoud Pass. It's fairly steep and the biggest hazard in the descent is an ice waterfall in the center of the face. Most people ski directly down from the summit and then traverse skier's left around the waterfall and into a great open face. From there, it's very mellow tree skiing down to where the route meets up with highway 40.

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Apr 18, 2019
Bobby Brooks
hit this line early in the morning. it is exposed and gets first sun 0.7mi
Apr 14, 2019
Antonino Del Rossa

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