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A forest road off McClure Pass that takes you directly to the Huntsman Ridge Zone.


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1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

Ascent

10,109' 3,081 m

High

8,706' 2,654 m

Low

1,402' 427 m

Up

17' 5 m

Down

17%

Avg Slope (10°)

30%

Max Slope (17°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

Heading west towards the summit of McClure Pass, stop just shy of the summit of the pass at a small pulloff on the right side of the road. There is enough parking here for several vehicles. Signage at the back of the parking area will say "Huntsman Ridge" & there is a closed access gate.

Skin up this road for ~1.6 miles and about 1,500 feet until you come to an obvious clearing and bowl to the north/your right as you're skiing up. This is Huntsman Ridge and the bowl is Riley Bowl. Make laps in the bowl (remembering that you'll need to climb/skin back up the bowl after each lap).

Once you're done with these excellent laps, ski the forest road back to your vehicle - a fun and easy descent after much steeper turns in the bowl.

The Konsella's "Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes" guidebook is probably the best resource for this area.

There is also good intel at Backcountry Recon: backcountryrecon.com/colora…

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Jake Albright

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Looking across the top of the Riley Bowl.
Nov 28, 2023 near Carbondale, CO
About halfway down the Huntsman Ridge Approach, looking south.
Nov 28, 2023 near Carbondale, CO
The crest of Huntsman Ridge, where the skintrack/forest road meets the bowl.
Nov 28, 2023 near Carbondale, CO
Halfway down the Huntsman Ridge Approach, looking south.
Nov 28, 2023 near Carbondale, CO
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