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Little Ellis North - West Line

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Trail

0.7 mile 1.2 kilometer point to point
Ski Line
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 42' 13 m
Descent: -471' -143 m
High: 6,560' 2,000 m
Low: 6,090' 1,856 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 14% (8°)
Max Slope: 50% (27°)
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Trail shared by Gary Hellenga

Avalanche risk for Dec 7, 2019: Low

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

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Another quick line on Little Ellis North - just a bit farther to the west (but longer vertical).

Gary Hellenga
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
This trail crosses State Lands, and a State Lands recreation permit is required (get one, good for a year, at any fishing license outlet for $10).

Description

From Little Ellis Northside ascent, head west along the old road cut. Pass the first open area (Little Ellis North - East Line), go through a short patch of trees and cross a small but prominent stream bed. Make a gradual rising traverse from a stream bed to the ridge. Pick any of the obvious lines down the hill from here.

Very easy grade at the top - steepens to nice cruiser through new trees before ending at the ascent road. Lots of options for lines, but watch for downed trees that might trip you up!

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Land Manager: Montana State Lands

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View to the north to Bridger Range, at about 1.4 miles up
Jan 15, 2018 near Bozeman, MT
From top of Northside ascent, ski or skin westward; turn downhill to ski East Line, or continue west traverse to reach West Line
Jan 15, 2018 near Bozeman, MT
Looking down East Line of Little Ellis - down open slopes east of line of lodgepole pines
Jan 15, 2018 near Bozeman, MT
View from broad ridge at top of line.  Can pick any line between hilltop left of arrow, to gully to right of arrow.
Jan 15, 2018 near Bozeman, MT

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