4th of July Bowl
What's in this Area?
This is a straight forward descent, make sure you are in the right couloir. There are cliffs and hazards all around this area. It is a steep, 50 degree, ski run that can be dangerous. Timing is important on a ski descent like this one. The Left side is wider and a little less steep compared to the right side of the Y. There are safety zones the whole way down.[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.