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Hayden Peak Ski Access (East Side) Trees Approach

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1.5 mile 2.4 kilometer point to point
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Ascent: 2,034' 620 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 10,976' 3,345 m
Low: 8,941' 2,725 m

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Avg Slope: 26% (15°)
Max Slope: 59% (31°)
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Trail shared by Kevin Gillest

This approach is to ski the front side trees—it does not top out on Hayden Peak.

Kevin Gillest
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

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Now we should always assume their is some type of danger associated with backcountry skiing. But overall there was no avalanche debris, or down trees from past slides evident on this initial trip. But if you are directionally challenged might be a good place to get lost.

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Drive 7.6 miles from the traffic circle at 82 in Aspen on Castle Creek Road. Parking is marked by a sign on the side of the road. Assume that crossing Castle Creek can be challenging on some days.

Now this is the first time we had skinned/skied this area, so we followed an existing skin track to the top of the left line. But the skin track went mostly up the right line, and quite a way off to the right before gaining the top of the rocks. There were a few ski tracks, not a huge amount, so we assume it is being skied by a few locals only.

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John V skiing lookers right line, 1/2 way back to car
Jan 21, 2020 near Aspen, CO
John V skiing below the rocks on the initial drop in point
Jan 21, 2020 near Aspen, CO
Upper lookers left line below initial drop in point
Jan 21, 2020 near Aspen, CO
High point above rocks, parked cars can been seen on Castle Creek Road, see red arrow
Jan 21, 2020 near Aspen, CO
Shows the top of the ski track from the parking area
Jan 21, 2020 near Aspen, CO

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