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Submitted By: Dobish on June 21, 2011

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Colorado » Front Range

Tuning Fork Couloir

Lou Dawson refers to this line as a "Big-ol-strip-o-snow" in this book Colorado's Fourteeners Volume 1.  The slope of this couloir is surprisingly consistent over it's entire length.  It's incredibly wide (100+ feet), and fun line that seems to go on forever.  It's also a very straight forward descent.  What you see is what you get, because in fact, you can see the entire line from the top.  This line may not easily go from the exact summit, so some down climbing over talus may be required.  Both Lou Dawson in his 14ers guide book, and Bill Middlebrook on 14ers.com have excellent write-ups on this route.

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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.

Area Camping

There are some great camping spots, including Weller Campground, Lincoln Gulch Campground, Parry Peak, and others along Highway 82.

Area Food

Area Access

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.

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