James Peak Wilderness Area
Submitted By: Dobish on April 08, 2010
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The North Shoulder is a little bit more mellow, and is often the backup option for people heading up there. You ski almost along the ridge on the north side, back down towards the pumphouse basin. The north shoulder is generally a little bit sheltered and the snow is a little colder, but it is also windblown.[more]
Windy, Cold, and has some really good skiing. It is easily accessible, and there is plenty of stuff to ski, even with elevated avalanche forecasts. There are also some really steep lines, that are great for ski mountaineering practice, as well as everything in between.
How to Get There
Located just west of Idaho Springs, there are a couple of different ways to access the trailheads. There are some access issues, so make sure to pay attention to signs.
There is camping here all year long, just make sure you are obeying private property signs.
Not a lot of options for food, so go back to Idaho Springs.
Much of this land is either forest service or private land. Please be courteous and make sure you obey all posted signs.