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Lion's Kill

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0.2 mile 0.3 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -344' -105 m
High: 12,098' 3,687 m
Low: 11,753' 3,582 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 36% (20°)
Max Slope: 49% (26°)
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Trail shared by J. Bella

A quick shot at the edge of an open alpine bowl.

J. Bella
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

This line is so named after bighorn sheep bones were found scattered across the bottom of the chute, likely the remains from a mountain lion's kill several years ago.

Description

This line's exposure and topography allows it to hold snow while one side often melts out. It's steep enough to be an avalanche path but is relatively short and can also provide an excellent uphill route to access the ridge above. Often windswept and affected by solar gain, snow conditions on this side are often hardpacked and slick.

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Photos

Long Canyon just before sunrise on a cold December morning.
Feb 15, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Ray Rose surfing the frozen waves in Long Canyon
Feb 15, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Lion's Kill from across the basin
Feb 4, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM
Waves and debris.
Feb 4, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM

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