SW Chutes

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SW Chutes

Submitted By: E_Poore on July 19, 2013

Administrator: E_Poore

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Russell Peak South Shoulder

The south shoulder is one of the more difficult faces of Russell peak, because even though there are more options, there are also a lot more dangers. There are tight couliors, cliffs, and lots of exposure if the snow is not right.  Depending upon the conditions, these lines can be completely filled in, or very exposed.  They heat up pretty quick due to the sun in the spring, so you want to be careful up there.  If you want to ski the south shoulder and you need an escape route, look south to Oatmeal Bowl for other options.

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Climb the South Spur Standard route of Mt Adams.  The route is crevasse free and popular so there is a good boot pack almost year-round. 

Desend from the summit back to the false summut then stay skiers right to drop into the SW chutes and enjoy 4000-6000ft of sustained 35 degree skiing depending on time of year.

How to Get There

Cold Springs Campground.  Directions follow the signed from the Trout Lake ranger station. 

 

Area Camping

Good camping at the trailhead and also at the "lunch counter" above treeline

Area Food

Area Access

Dirt Forest Service Road. 

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