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McMillan Peak - backcountry skiing

 
McMillan Peak - backcountry skiing

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Object Title: McMillan Peak - backcountry skiing

Image Type(s): Skiing

 

Page By: Liba Kopeckova

Created/Edited: Jan 25, 2011 / Dec 26, 2012

Object ID: 694514

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Overview

McMillan Peak is a mountain summit in San Juan County, Colorado. McMillan Peak climbs to 12,805 feet (=3,903 meters) above sea level. It is a very popular peak, easily reachable from the top of Red Mountain Pass.

Trailhead: 11,060 feet (the best place to park your car is the second parking lot on the top of Red Mountain Pass, on the east side).
There is a dirt road in the summer, and usually a well ski marked trail in the winter. You just follow this trail heading in the southeast direction. You will see several old mining structures along this stretch. Soon, about 1 mile, you will see a sign for Saint Paul Lodge.

Saint Paul Lodge: 11,400 feet (only 340 feet gain), distance 1 mile.
Continue towards southeast and soon you will see a gentle rounded peak - ridge leading to the top of McMillan Peak. There are usually many ski tracks here, and the skiing is superb. There are many options, nice bowls, and lower sections offer great tree skiing.
McMillan Peak is a great place for a beginner since there are many choices for an easy terrain.

On the way to Saint Paul lodge

The trail is described above, and it is easy to follow in the marks of other skiers.

Boys from Silverton
Silverton boys
Sign pointing to the lodge
Sign
Saint Paul Lodge
Saint Paul Lodge
Almost back
Artistic?
Near Red Mountain Pass
Near Red Mountain Pass


From the lodge to the top of the peak

There are usually several path leading from the lodge to the top of the mountain. I just followed in the ski steps of other skiers (this is a very popular destination for back country skiing). The general direction is southeast. You cannot see the real top for a long time, and the slope is very gentle.

False summit
 
And final push
 
Trico Peak again
 
Come Duchess, come
 
Tree skiing
 

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep is a species of sheep in North America with large horns. These horns can weigh up to 30 lbs (14 kg), while sheep themselves weigh up to 300 lbs (140 kg). They are considered good indicators of land health because the species is sensitive to many human-induced environmental problems.

I almost ran my car into this guy
Ovis canadensis


External Links

TR of some Australians
Top Colorado Backcountry Spots

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Comments


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ojogreat album..

Voted 10/10

...once again :) ¡saludos!
Posted Jan 26, 2011 5:25 am

Liba KopeckovaRe: great album..

Liba Kopeckova

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thanks Jane!
Posted Jan 26, 2011 9:05 am

visentinback-country skiiing

visentin

Voted 10/10

Liba,
Perhaps you're the person that can answer me on this topic :
http://www.summitpost.org/phpBB3/ski-disciplines-t57409.html
What do you call exactly back-country skiiing ? same as skitouring ?
Posted Feb 1, 2011 8:07 am

Liba KopeckovaRe: back-country skiiing

Liba Kopeckova

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I have AT set up, skins up, and off skins down. It is specific for skiing, special AT boots (randonee), I still need to get skis which would fit my climbing boots - so much gear...
Posted Feb 1, 2011 9:07 am

visentinRe: back-country skiiing

visentin

Voted 10/10

what does AT mean ?
I understood you are ski-touring... (ski de randonnee in french as you wrote) looking at one pic the boots are well visible. The kind of ski I asked about in the forum looks like something half and half between this and cross country skiing.. no idea how to say it in english or french
Posted Feb 1, 2011 3:54 pm

Liba KopeckovaRe: back-country skiiing

Liba Kopeckova

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Alpine Touring
Posted Feb 1, 2011 3:58 pm

Scott WesemannAmazing photos

Scott Wesemann

Voted 10/10

I really enjoyed your album. Nice!
Posted Feb 17, 2011 12:09 pm

Liba KopeckovaRe: Amazing photos

Liba Kopeckova

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Thank you for visiting. Well, a nice place makes taking photos easy.
Posted Feb 17, 2011 5:03 pm

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