4th of July Bowl
What's in this Area?
The couloir is skiable from summit to bottom (1200+ feet), however, when we skied it we entered the couloir from a side inlet 200' below the summit as a sizable cornice existed at the top. The upper pitch can reach 50 degrees, but the majority of the couloir is sustained 45. The bulk of the couloir is fairly shaded from the sun, except for the top 100', so an early start is prudent. No narrow chokes exist and the majority of the couloir is wide at roughly 30', but it does have a double fall line.[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.