Hopeful Couloir

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Hopeful Couloir

Submitted By: mtnfiend on August 15, 2012

Administrator: mtnfiend

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Starting Elevation: 10,000 (SG) and 9400 (WG)
Elevation Gain: 4000 (SG) and 4500 (WG)
Total Distance: 8ish miles
Avalanche Resources: http://avalanche.state.co.us/index.php
Snowmobile Access: Yes
Approach Difficulty: Moderate

Featured Descent

Colorado » Front Range

The Bowl

Steep wide open bowl.  The bowl tops out in the 30 degrees so only ski this in times of pretty safe avalanche conditions.  If you go too far to the north there is a MONSTROUS cornice usually there so watch out for that.  You'll ski down to a bench which makes a great island of safety to watch your buddies from (pick your location wisely).  After that there are a few mellow tree shots that you can pick up further to the east that will add into the descent and take you right back to where the road first switchbacks.  Be careful though, even these tree chutes can have pretty high avy danger.



This asthetic, east facing couloir features an exciting entrance and a sustained steep pitch for about 1500+ feet.

How to Get There

From either Sheep Gulch TH or Willis Gulch TH one way to approach this peak is to follow the well defined trail to hope pass (saddle between Mt. Hope and Quail Mountain).  Then scramble up the ridge to the summit.  You can also climb the line directly.  A third option is to follow the trail from Sheep Gulch, but peel off before reacing hope pass and climb the SE facing flank of the mountain.

Access Issues

No access issues I can think of.

Approach Description

The trail is easy to follow if snow free.  When I climbed it, I climbed to the summit in trail runners with the skis and boots on my back.

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