Mt. Helen

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Mt. Helen

Submitted By: mtnfiend on November 27, 2011

Administrator: mtnfiend

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Starting Elevation: 13,000
Elevation Gain:
Total Distance:
Avalanche Resources:
Snowmobile Access: No
Approach Difficulty: Easy

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The descent is a mellow run that ranges between 20º and 34º.  There is a headwall on skiers right, which will put you in the glacial lake, and is prone to avalanches.  Be careful of this in with new snow, as the under layers are pretty firm and often icy.  Skier's left is a much more mellow line, that ends at a pile of rocks, where often people will leave lunches and whatnot.  In winter and spring you can ski back down the road and end up back at the car.

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I believe Mt Helen (13,164 ft) is considered a sub peak of Crystal.  It's mellow east facing slope can provide good skiing opportunities mid winter (given coverage) thru spring, and it' south slopes contains more exciting options that are more worthy of a spring descent.

How to Get There

One way to get there is by parking at the spruce creek TH (10,400) just south on hwy 9 from Breckenridge (turn off hwy 9 at spruce creek rd.).  Follow the spruce creek road to the plow turn around/parking lot/trail head.

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