East Slopes

What's in this Area?

East Slopes

Submitted By: Dobish on October 05, 2013

Administrator: Dobish

Views: 1130 page views

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

Featured Descent

Colorado » Rocky Mountain National Park

Dragon’s Tail Couloir

This is a straight forward descent, make sure you are in the right couloir.  There are cliffs and hazards all around this area.  It is a steep, 50 degree, ski run that can be dangerous.  Timing is important on a ski descent like this one.  The Left side is wider and a little less steep compared to the right side of the Y.  There are safety zones the whole way down.

[more]

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. 

Access Issues

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.

Upcoming Events in East Slopes

Full Events Calendar »

Recent Comments

No Comments for this entry.

Leave a Comment

Forgot your password?

Trip Reports

Report Date Report Rating