Tuckerman Ravine

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Tuckerman Ravine

Submitted By: Dobish on April 17, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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Colorado » Ten Mile Range

East Ridge and Bowls

There are two major east facing bowls to descend along the north side of the ridge.  They are pretty obvious to find.  One drops from very near the summit down to 13,100'.  The second begins just past the flat section of the ridge and drops to treeline at 11,600.  You can avoid the lower bowl if desired and ski right down the ridge crest, but the bowl has better skiing.  Just make sure you don't drop too low at the bottom, or you'll have to climb back to the trail.

From treeline, follow the trail back to your car.  Do not ski to the south directly down the fall line to Blue Lakes Road, though this is tempting... you will be trespassing on private property.

The East Bowls are moderate in difficulty - about D3-D4.  For more info on the D-system for rating ski descents, see here: http://www.wildsnow.com/articles/ratings/ski-board-d-rating-system.html.  They are steep enough to slide, but are one of the safer spring ski descents.  This route is not recommended in winter because it will most likely be wind scoured most of the time.



Tuckerman Ravine is located off of Mount Washington, and is a well known backcountry ski area for most new englanders.  To get to the ravine itself, the trail up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail is relatively easy.  Once you get up to the hut, named the HOJO hut.  From the hut, you will head up towards lunch rocks.  There are a number of ski descents in the bowl.  The bowl is steep, and averages between 40-45º and is often prone to avalanches.

Check out http://www.timefortuckerman.com for some more info.

There is some camping at the Herman Lake Shelter, as well as general winter camping.  You can reserve spots at the Pinkham Notch Shelter




How to Get There

Take Route 16N to the Pinkham Notch Visitors Center, then start up the Tucker Ravine Trail.  Once you get to HOJO's you can decide how you want to head up the bowl.  There is either the Right Gully, the Center Gully, or the Left Gully.  The approach is steep and strenuous, and dangerous conditions can exist.

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