Submitted By: Dobish on January 13, 2010
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From the summit, cut through the trees to return to the second headwall. At the bottom of the first snowfield/meadow, pick your way through the trees staying left (most people take the gully and cut left) to another prominent meadow. One more group of aspens, and the third meadow becomes apparent. Just beyond the trees at the bottom of the third meadow is the road where you started.
Numerous variations exist into some rather tight trees, but this route is well-traveled enough that you can get pow turns in the meadows and follow tracks through the trees to the next mostly-unskied meadow.
If you are skiing early season, keep in mind there is a lot of deadfall and broken leg potential lurking under shallow snow, especially in the aspen trees.[more]
Floral Park is located on the south east side of the pass, It is a western facing slope that starts at treeline and heads downhill towards the second major switchback on the pass at about 9800'. The slope is between 35-42 degrees, with a western aspect. It stays shaded until later in the afternoon, when it will get some sun. The steeper sections are heavily tree covered, but there are some open areas that can be prone to avalanches. The top is often wind scoured as it is often windy above 11,000'. This area includes Pauly's Powder Stash, Floral Park, Jim's Trees, and Telegraph. This is one of the more heavily skied areas in the morning, as people find it easier to hitch up as people are heading towards winter park.
How to Get There
Getting there is easy. Drive to the top of the pass, then head SE on the access road to the right of the parking lot. In less than 1/2 mile, the road will turn back, but the skintrack will continue SE. There are lines to drop in anywhere from 200 yards from the parking lot to .75 miles. The closest line is telegraph, then Jim's Glade, then Floral Park, and Pauly's is the steep line through the cliffs at the top.
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