The descent for the Knuckles is extremely dangerous. Do not go there unless you have experience with rocky terrain, steep runs, and variable snowpacks. This part of Berthoud is prone to avalnaches and slides due to a rocky bed surface, limited anchors, and the solar activity that this area gets. The entrance is not visible until you are right on top of the roll over, and very often people end up in the wrong spot. The knuckles are defined by the steep rollover, above rocky chutes. There is very little distance between treeline and the start of the rocky area. Use caution coming out of tree line, and make sure to test the slope for stability. If the snow slides, you will be dragged over sharp rocks and down a chute, into trees. Alternative Routes are down the shoulder to the NW or to the South down High Tail Trees or Shop Chutes. Exits for this descent are either the first turn off, or down the valley further to 7 mile.[more]
This is the area on the SW side of Highway 82, with interesting features, cornices, and couliors. There are some mellower lines that go back down to the valley, but this will also give you access to 4th of July bowl, on the West side of the pass.
How to Get There
From the parking lot at the top of the pass, where the elevation sign and the bathroom is, you head SW up the lower angle field, following the continental divide. There is a very prominent ridge that goes SW to S and then comes back up towards the E. Coming from Twin Lakes, it will be on your left, coming from Aspen, it will be on your right. Road is closed during the Winter.
There are some great camping spots, including Weller Campground, Lincoln Gulch Campground, Parry Peak, and others along Highway 82.
Getting up here in the winter does not allow for vehicles to pass, as the highway is closed. In the summer, look out for traffic and bicyclists.