James Peak Wilderness Area
Submitted By: Dobish on April 08, 2010
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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]
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.