“A manageable descent through thin aspen and conifer over a couple mellow pillows with a final skin across the valley.
— Zander Göpfert
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
Starting from a fairly nondescript point in a thin aspen grove, this descent had fun sections through trees with a couple open slopes dotted with pillows at a low angle.
We followed the tracks of a ranger who had been conducting snowpack tests further up Red Mountain and chose the start point based on time and snow conditions. According to the ranger, there was a ~3 ft. snowpack with a weak layer ~1 ft. down.
The final three-tenths of a mile of this line mark the skin out across the valley, back to the Colorado River Trailhead.