Crystal Peak

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Crystal Peak

Submitted By: Dobish on October 05, 2013

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Colorado » Crested Butte

Red Lady Bowl

Red Lady Bowl is wide open bowl skiing at its finest.  You can either drop in on the eastern slopes before reaching the summit, or the south slopes from the summit proper.  The east side often gets wind-loaded, while the south side is generally relatively safer.  Don't be fooled, though, with a slope angle right around 38 degrees this bowl can be very avalanche prone, and although it gets a lot of traffic, should only be skied during stable periods.  The southern face of the bowl will begin consolidating earlier on in the year than other aspects, so this can make for a fantastic late winter/early spring run if you're lucky enough to catch it on a powder morning.  After skiing the main bowl, you'll follow a river drainage back to the trailhead.  Keep an eye out for fun little kickers on the sides of the drainage.



Crystal Peak is the 82nd highest peak in the state, coming in at 13,852' and is located in the Arapahoe National Forest, Southwest of Breckenridge.  The peak offers 4 faces, of which 3 are ofen skied.  The access to this area offers some great descents, as well as come gorgeous views. While the peak is a 7 mile trip, the route is easy to follow, as it winds up through the ten-mile using old jeep trails.  The east face is a more mellow slope, where as the north face is a bit more challenging and technical.

This peak offers access to a number of other areas, and can be skied in stable winter conditions, or in spring. Depending on the year, the snow will be skiiable until Early June, but you will want to get off early due to the willows down low that will bog you down. 


How to Get There

From the south end of Breckenridge, drive 2 miles south on Colorado 9. Turn right on Spruce Creek Road. This intersection is about 2.4 miles outside of town. There is a sign here that says "The Crown".

Stay right up a small hill and then left at an intersection. There are several side roads in this area. Stay on the main road and drive 1.2 miles (from Highway 9) to the Spruce Creek trailhead at 10,400'. There is a large parking area here. This trailhead is accessible in Winter.

A 4x4 road will continue past the main trailhead, but 4x4 clearance is recommended. The road is an easy skin or hike.

Area Camping

There is a hut in this basin, Francie's Hut. 

Area Food

The town of Breckenridge will give you anything you need, including restaurants, bars, and grocery stores.

Area Access

There is limited motorized access to this peak, due to the fact that is is in a national forest. 

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