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Red Mountain Descent

Intermediate/Difficult
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0.7 mile 1.1 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 10' 3 m
Descent: -505' -154 m
High: 9,506' 2,897 m
Low: 9,003' 2,744 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 14% (8°)
Max Slope: 38% (21°)
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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

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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

Description

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.

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Three foot base feeling sufficiently soft at sunset.
Jan 10, 2017 near Grand Lake, CO
The final skin to the Colorado River Trailhead from our small Red Mountain loop.
Jan 10, 2017 near Grand Lake, CO
Getting sendy on some puffy, low-angle pillows below Red Mountain.
Jan 10, 2017 near Grand Lake, CO

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