This is a moderate climb but due to the southern aspect and the lower elevation, the snow is often melted out and sunbaked towards the bottom of the trail. Not a very good place for spring skiing once it gets warm. This canyon is access to a lot of other terrain back in the drainage including couloirs and other steeper terrain.[more]
Mountains just west of Boulder. Tons of great Alpine climbing and great ski descents. Generally there is good snow late into the spring, but doesn't really get good until mid-winter.
How to Get There
Go West out of boulder, through Nederland, and continue on. The approaches are a little longer in the spring, because of slightly lower elevations, but they average a couple of hours to the goods.
There is some camping up there, with creeks and streams to fish in, but a lot of it is private property, so be aware of where you are camping.
Nederland is going to be your best option. Go to the smokehouse and get some tasty sweet potato fries and a brew!
Be on the lookout for private property signs.