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

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Colorado » Front Range

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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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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