The Bowl

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The Bowl

Submitted By: Franz2 on April 22, 2010

Administrator: Franz2

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Route Type:
Descent Difficulty:
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Easy
- Bootpack: moderate
- Mountaineering:
Starting Elevation: 10,600 ft.
Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft.
High Point: 12,600 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 40°


Start at the Jones Pass parking lot and skin up the snowmobile road until you reach the large series of alpine meadows above treeline.  Here leave the road and skin towards point 12,600 towards the NW.  Watch out for avalanche danger from above as you there are a number of points in these meadows where you could expose yourself to danger from above.  Following a mellow bench can help decrease said danger.  This bench will take you right up to the saddle in between 12,600 and 12,200.  At this saddle you will probably have to take your skis off and boot up the ridge line to gain point 12,600 depending on the snow coverage and how good you are at skinning up steep terrain.  Gain the peak and the bowl is directly below you facing to the north.

Equipment Needs

One might consider bringing a self arrest tool for the final boot up to 12,600.  I've never used one myself but if you were uncertain about your ability kicking steps it might not be a bad idea.  As always, Avy gear should be used.  A beacon, shovel and probe with good knowledge of Avalanche Terrain


Steep wide open bowl.  The bowl tops out in the 30 degrees so only ski this in times of pretty safe avalanche conditions.  If you go too far to the north there is a MONSTROUS cornice usually there so watch out for that.  You'll ski down to a bench which makes a great island of safety to watch your buddies from (pick your location wisely).  After that there are a few mellow tree shots that you can pick up further to the east that will add into the descent and take you right back to where the road first switchbacks.  Be careful though, even these tree chutes can have pretty high avy danger.

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