Dream Lake Chutes

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Dream Lake Chutes

Submitted By: Randonee_Urban on September 01, 2010

Administrator: Randonee_Urban

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Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Easy
- Bootpack:
- Mountaineering:
Starting Elevation: ft.
Elevation Gain: ~800-1000 vertical ft.
High Point: ft.
Max Slope Angle: 45 degrees°

Approach

Start at Bear Lake Trailhead and hike to Nymph Lake.  From here, ascend the trail to Dream Lake, but go left before you reach the actual Dream Lake to the Lake Haiyaha trail.  Ascend the switch backs through the trees and above the cliffs until you reach a fork in the trail.

Continue to head west on the trail (do not cross above the east facing slope/diving board) and continue to ascend the ridge via switchbacks.  There is a traverse across the ridge, some minor step-downs, and then the obvious first Dream Chute. 

At the top of the first chute, one can see the top of the second dream chute, signified by a cliff with open terrain below it.  Continue across the ridge to access this chute.

Equipment Needs

AT/Telemark bindings, skins, beacon, shovel, probe, powder skis.

Descent

There are several ways to work your way down through the Chutes.  You can ski both chutes via the relatively open fall lines, but you don't have to be blind to see the obvious tree runs surrounding the chutes, as well as the numerous pillow/cliff drop options.

Because most of the snow is wind-deposited, there can be some spots that are uber deep, but directly adjacent to a pillow might be only a couple of inches covering rocks.  Remember this when you are thinking about going big.  Also, some of the landings can be surprising flat.

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