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Snowshoe Approach

Intermediate/Difficult

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0.6 mile 0.9 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 813' 248 m
Descent: -19' -6 m
High: 10,734' 3,272 m
Low: 9,921' 3,024 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 28% (15°)
Max Slope: 57% (29°)
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Trail shared by J. Bella

A moderate climb through south-facing aspen and pine forests with great views of Taos Ski Valley.

J. Bella
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

Start at the Bull of the Woods Trail in the parking lot by the Twining Campground. After 0.5-0.6 miles, leave the trail and head uphill into the forest; make a switchback to the southwest and traverse uphill, beneath some steep south-facing terrain. Continue through the forest towards an aspen-filled gully. Switchback up this gully until the slope angle lessens, then head northeast into a stand of conifer trees. Continue on an uphill traverse through the pines until they open up onto a slightly steeper slope. Climb this slope and top out on an open area on the ridge above the Snowshoe Couloir.

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Where does it go? The Snowshoe Couloir is not for the faint-of-heart.
Jan 15, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Trail to the Snowshoe Couloir
Jan 28, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
@_yourmyboyblue looks on as @rayrose9990 navigates an icy bed surface in the Snowshoe Couloir, after much of the chute sluffed out
Jan 15, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
The Snowshoe Couloir
Jan 15, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM

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