Submitted By: Alan on August 04, 2011
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It is a steep face with lots of big trees up top. Down towards the bottom, there are some drainages and a lot of thicket that you will have to battle through. Just remember that just because there are tracks, they are not necessarily going the right way.
Due to the illegal cutting of trees, there is a large scar that looks like it would be perfect to ski, but is off-limits to skiers.[more]
Mt. Emmons is the broad peak that lies just northwest of the town of Crested Butte, displaying it's wide open bowl, known locally as "Red Lady Bowl" which just beckons to be skied. Emmons is a great tour, you gain about 3,000 feet from the trailhead to the summit, and you'll have plenty of options for ski descents amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado.
How to Get There
While approaching the town of Crested Butte from the south on CO-135, take a left onto White Rock Ave. and stay on this road as it turns into County Road 12, and follow it for a couple of miles outside of town until it the road reaches a dead end at the Gunnison National Forest border, where it is not plowed any further. This is the trailhead for Mt. Emmons.
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