East Slopes

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East Slopes

Submitted By: Dobish on October 05, 2013

Administrator: Dobish

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Starting Elevation: 10400
Elevation Gain: 3400
Total Distance: 7 miles
Avalanche Resources:
Snowmobile Access: No
Approach Difficulty: Moderate

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Colorado » Front Range

The Citadel

One of my favorite lines in the front range with lots of options.  You can ski the couloir between the double summits for a nice 40 degree pitch with rock wall on either side. 
You can also ski the Northeast face.  Not sure on the slope angle but it is a open face with limited exposure. 
You can ski the South East face for a more mellow descent (better if you started at Butler Gultch) with amazing terrain and small playful features all the way down. 
**Take all necessary avalanche precautions.  It is not uncommon to get a lot of wind loading in this area due to its proximity to the divide.**

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Details

The east face of Crystal is the easiest route off of the summit. It is a generally wide open slope, that measures about 38°.  As you head closer towards the lakes, you end up getting closer to 45° as you enter the headwalls. After the lakes, you will be in the willows, so you want to stay as high up as you can so you don't get bogged down.

How to Get There

The approach is pretty straight forward, as you head up the road, you will pass Francie's Cabin on your right. You will continue on up through the willows, then cut right just before the headwall. you will head across the slope, which depending on the snow can mean a lot of sidehill action, or you can opt for the direct route up the headwall.  Peak 10 will be to your NE, and as you hit the saddle between Peak 10 and Crystal Peak, you will head west up the ridge.  It is often sheltered from the wind until you get to this point, and then you need to make sure you are avoiding the cornice wind-lip. 

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Approach Description

The approach is pretty straight forward, as you head up the road, you will pass Francie's Cabin on your right. You will continue on up through the willows, then cut right just before the headwall. you will head across the slope, which depending on the snow can mean a lot of sidehill action, or you can opt for the direct route up the headwall.  Peak 10 will be to your NE, and as you hit the saddle between Peak 10 and Crystal Peak, you will head west up the ridge.  It is often sheltered from the wind until you get to this point, and then you need to make sure you are avoiding the cornice wind-lip.

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