4th of July Bowl
What's in this Area?
We skied this in a storm and it was our first time up there. So I didn't get a good look around. We skied the north east facing aspects just to the southwest of the first large lake in the forest lakes area. We skied mellow terrain but there looked like there was steeper chutes above us towards the ridgeline to our south.
A better area to ski might be if you take a left off the trail towards forest lakes and head towards arapaho lakes, up trail 818 as labeled on the nat geo trails illustrated map (#103 for this area). It appears you gain elevation more quickly and may have more sustained, slightly steeper terrain - which would be an improvement over the aspects described above.[more]
4th of July Bowl is a mellower bowl with a couple of different options that go down to the Roaring Fork and are accessible to the highway via a creek crossing. There are a couple of shorter runs as well as some more aggressive lines that run to through some rocks
How to Get There
To get there, you leave the parking area and bathrooms up on top of Highway 82, and you head SW up the mellower ridge, following the snow fence. There are three options for descents, which allow for shorter or longer hikes, as well as varying degrees of difficulty in the descent. The first gully is much shorter and less steep, the second gully is a little bit longer, but has a roll-over, and the third gully is much steeper with more exposure and danger.
Plenty of camping along the highway, including Weller Campground, Lincoln Gulch, and Parry Peak.
Road is closed in the winter, so check for access.