“An intermediate approach that leads to a versatile zone that offers many couloirs as well as more moderate terrain.”
— domenic DiGregorio
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
Starting from the Agnes Lake pull-out, follow a somewhat defined skin track up the valley on the Lake Agnes Approach
where after about a half mile you'll see a bridge on your right. Cross it and head uphill. Soon you'll see a gate on your left and an obvious trail cut into the trees behind it. Follow that trail passing the gate and skinning towards Michigan Ditch Road.
Once you find yourself running into the Michigan Ditch Road, head left a bit where you'll find another trail heading up the valley towards the base of the Nokhu Crags. Once you've reached this section of the ascent, the real elevation gain starts.
Coming around treeline, there are some big slopes that increase avalanche danger. Depending on the time of year and snow-pack condition, you can avoid some avalanche danger by approaching the top of the ridgeline on the right ridge, and head up to the Crags from there, in a more densely treed area. Once at the main basin below the Crags, there are over six Chutes to choose from and just about every angle terrain for the downhill.
You'll have plenty of options, but basically you're trying to hit the ditch road and then the valley leading to the Crags. Michigan Ditch Road makes navigation easy especially on the descent because you have to run into it as it circumnavigates above the valley that you start your skin in. Whether you're skiing steep couloirs or decided to ski more moderate terrain, this zone is one of the most versatile on Cameron Pass and make for a great day in the woods!