Butler Gulch

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Butler Gulch

Submitted By: mtnfiend on November 08, 2011

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Left and Right Y

The right of the Y is a little bit more mellow, about 30-32 degrees throughout the top section.  It is often very windy up at the very top, so you will want to keep a lookout for large windslabs.  The left of the Y is closer to 35 at some points.  You can also ski the trees in between the two chutes, which holds the snow a little bit better, but it can be steeper.  Once you are in the chute, it is wide enough to make turns down (about 30 ft) but you want to be prepared to get a lot of varying snow. The whole slide path is a terrain trap, and you can see visible signs of flagging and avy activity.   The trees on the sides of the gully are pretty tight.  When you get to the bottom, head to the right, and you will cross under the K  and into a big meadow, and then you can head to the road.

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Butler gulch is an off-chute of Jones pass although motorized vehicles are prohibited.

How to Get There

Take I-70 West to the US 40 Empire exit.  Follow US 40 until right before you make the first switchback as if you were headed up Berthoud Pass, where you will make a left onto the Henderson Mine road.  (Note:  You will see a sign a couple hundred yards before this that says Jones Pass 2 3/4 miles, it's the first left turn before that.)  Follow the Henderson mine road and make a right onto a dirt and snow covered road just before the gate.  (there's a huge sign that says Skiers and Snowmobiliers parking this way).  Drive up the road aways, if your in a snowmobile please park in the lower lot, if your on skis feel free to drive up to the higher lot.  This puts you at the beginning of the Jones Pass road.

Part at the Jones Pass winter closure.  Follow the Jones pass road for about 150 yards before taking a left at the signed junction for Butler Gulch.

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