East Portal Trailhead

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East Portal Trailhead

Submitted By: martyquinn on November 13, 2010

Administrator: martyquinn

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Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Easy
- Bootpack:
- Mountaineering:
Starting Elevation: 9200 ft.
Elevation Gain: 1500+ ft.
High Point: 11250 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 35°


drive directly west of Rollinsville on route 16.  Follow this road til it ends at the Moffat Tunnel/East Portal.  The trailhead is on the northwest corner of the parking area.  Take South Boulder Creek trail to the southwest for about 1 mile.  At the junction with forest lakes trail turn right and head northeast.  You start to gain more elevation here.  Follow this trail about 2+ miles up to the first lake.  We skied the north facing aspects to the southwest of the first lake along the trail.  I was on skis with skins and my buddy was snowshoeing with a snowboard - both worked fine although the skins are faster.

Equipment Needs

no special gear required


We skied this in a storm and it was our first time up there.  So I didn't get a good look around.  We skied the north east facing aspects just to the southwest of the first large lake in the forest lakes area.  We skied mellow terrain but there looked like there was steeper chutes above us towards the ridgeline to our south.

A better area to ski might be if you take a left off the trail towards forest lakes and head towards arapaho lakes, up trail 818 as labeled on the nat geo trails illustrated map (#103 for this area).  It appears you gain elevation more quickly and may have more sustained, slightly steeper terrain - which would be an improvement over the aspects described above.

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