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

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Colorado » Front Range

Tuning Fork Couloir

Lou Dawson refers to this line as a "Big-ol-strip-o-snow" in this book Colorado's Fourteeners Volume 1.  The slope of this couloir is surprisingly consistent over it's entire length.  It's incredibly wide (100+ feet), and fun line that seems to go on forever.  It's also a very straight forward descent.  What you see is what you get, because in fact, you can see the entire line from the top.  This line may not easily go from the exact summit, so some down climbing over talus may be required.  Both Lou Dawson in his 14ers guide book, and Bill Middlebrook on 14ers.com have excellent write-ups on this route.

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Details

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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