James Peak Wilderness Area

What's in this Area?

James Peak Wilderness Area

Submitted By: Dobish on April 08, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

Views: 1283 page views

Starting Elevation:
Elevation Gain:
Total Distance:
Avalanche Resources:
Snowmobile Access:
Approach Difficulty:

Featured Descent

Colorado » Front Range

Snoopy’s Backside Couloir

The descent can start from the summit if you're eager to huck your meat off a 10 ft ledge into the couloir.  I imagine most people choose to start at the prominent notch just below the summit ridge.  Initially the slope is fairly mellow, but rolls over mid way down the couloir for an exciting short pitch of 40ish degree skiing.  The snow in the couloir may be kind of chunky from wet slide debris from the SE facing wall above and climbers right of the chute.  Not to worry though, the upper portion of the couloir itself is nicely sheltered from early morning sunhit.

[more]

Details

Windy, Cold, and has some really good skiing. It is easily accessible, and there is plenty of stuff to ski, even with elevated avalanche forecasts. There are also some really steep lines, that are great for ski mountaineering practice, as well as everything in between.

How to Get There

Located just west of Idaho Springs, there are a couple of different ways to access the trailheads. There are some access issues, so make sure to pay attention to signs.

Access Issues

Approach Description

Upcoming Events in James Peak Wilderness Area

Full Events Calendar »

Recent Comments

No Comments for this entry.

Leave a Comment

Forgot your password?

Trip Reports

Report Date Report Rating