Hidden Valley Descent Group

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Hidden Valley Descent Group

Submitted By: DanF on December 04, 2011

Administrator: DanF

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Snowmobile Access: No
Approach Difficulty: Easy

Featured Descent

Colorado » Front Range

East Portal Trailhead

We skied this in a storm and it was our first time up there.  So I didn't get a good look around.  We skied the north east facing aspects just to the southwest of the first large lake in the forest lakes area.  We skied mellow terrain but there looked like there was steeper chutes above us towards the ridgeline to our south.

A better area to ski might be if you take a left off the trail towards forest lakes and head towards arapaho lakes, up trail 818 as labeled on the nat geo trails illustrated map (#103 for this area).  It appears you gain elevation more quickly and may have more sustained, slightly steeper terrain - which would be an improvement over the aspects described above.

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Hidden Valley has a good variety of descents viewable from left to right from the parking area.

How to Get There

You can find good skiing within a 1-2 mile approach.  This area is fairly well traveled and a skin track will often already exist.  

Begin your skin straight out of the parking lot.  You will quickly pass a sledding and tubing area on the left before the approach to increase in angle. 

In about a third of a mile, the trail breaks into an intersection.  Head left to take the Aspen trail.  This will take you all the way to Trail Ridge Road.  If you continue on, you will stay on Columbine trail.

At about a mile from the parking lot, you will cross Trail Ridge Road.  Continue up and onward if you want to ski the the Main Slope.

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