Hour Glass

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Hour Glass

Submitted By: Y.C. on December 27, 2011

Administrator: Y.C.

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Starting Elevation: 11,900
Elevation Gain:
Total Distance:
Avalanche Resources:
Snowmobile Access: No
Approach Difficulty: Easy

Featured Descent

Colorado » Front Range

The Knuckles

The descent for the Knuckles is extremely dangerous.  Do not go there unless you have experience with rocky terrain, steep runs, and variable snowpacks.  This part of Berthoud is prone to avalnaches and slides due to a rocky bed surface, limited anchors, and the solar activity that this area gets.  The entrance is not visible until you are right on top of the roll over, and very often people end up in the wrong spot.  The knuckles are defined by the steep rollover, above rocky chutes.  There is very little distance between treeline and the start of the rocky area.  Use caution coming out of tree line, and make sure to test the slope for stability.  If the snow slides, you will be dragged over sharp rocks and down a chute, into trees.  Alternative Routes are down the shoulder to the NW or to the South down High Tail Trees or Shop Chutes.  Exits for this descent are either the first turn off, or down the valley further to 7 mile.

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Details

Treasure Mountain is just to the West of the wolf creek ski are and to the south of the Hwy.  This is a backcountry playground for both skiers and snowmobilers.

How to Get There

There are a few ways to reach treasure mountain.  One is from the top of treasure lift one can leave the resort hiking to the east through treasure pass and up towards the peak.   Another way is about two miles east of the pass there are some pullouts to park on the south side of the road.  Walk to the south towards the obvious pass between the ski area and a small knob which holds the Hour Glass and Gnome Chutes.  From here you can head to any spot to ski.

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