Cirque Saddle

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Cirque Saddle

Submitted By: Y.C. on April 29, 2011

Administrator: Y.C.

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Descent Difficulty:
Season:
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Moderate
- Bootpack:
- Mountaineering:
Starting Elevation: 9600 ft.
Elevation Gain: 2300 ft.
High Point: 11900 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 35 degrees°

Approach

Skin or bootpack from the top of lift towards the saddle between Agassiz and Humphreys.  At the saddle the ski line is dropping in to the east.  It is one of the easiest lines in the Humphreys Cirque, a great bowl run that one can open up.  The route I like for getting out of the bowl is up the small ridge line that heads to the right of the saddle line.  This has high avalanche danger at times, the entire time you are in the bowl there is dangers.

Equipment Needs

Avalanche Standard Package and Knowledge, U.S.F.S. Backcountry Permit.

Descent

The run itself is a moderate angle bowl run that provides great skiing for a quick pitch.  When done hike out of the bowl and drop in to the Arizona Snow Bowl for a fun after lift run, once all the people are gone.

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