Icebergs Ahead!

Join us for a backcountry ski to Iceberg lakes in our spectacular Indian Peaks.  We will start from the Moffat Tunnel trailhead (near Rollinsville-Nederland) and ski about 1.5 miles up the trail. We will then leave the trail and break trail up through the trees for about 2/3 of a mile to Clayton lake at the edge of treeline. From there we will behold the huge Iceberg lakes cirque. We will then skin up through the cirque for about 2/3 of a mile to Iceberg lakes.  These lakes are absolutely gorgeous nestled below the huge walls of the Continental Divide. We will then ski down through the glorious powder of the cirque, and then a long powder run through the trees to the trail, and back to our cars.  The total elevation gain will be about 2,500 ft.

Skiers will definitely want skins to go uphill. Snowshoers are welcome to join the fun and laugh at the skiers faceplanting.  Doggies are welcome too.

All the slopes we will ski are less than 25 degrees so avalanche risk is minimal.  If you have an avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel then bring it all, the safer the better. However, since we are skiing low angle slopes, beacons are not required.

Since I have now moved to Denver I am going to have a Denver meeting spot too. :)  Lets meet at the Starbucks in Golden at 9:00 AM at the intersection of 93 and Washington Ave. We will arrange carpools from there.

Boulder people can meet at 9:00 AM at the Justice Center parking lot on the south-east corner of Canyon and 6th in Boulder, and arrange carpools from there.

We will then all meet at the Moffat Tunnel parking lot and ski from there.

You can call me at [masked] if something comes up.

Lets go ski some sweet powder!
Rom

 

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  • Neil

    Great ski tour! Looking forward to the next time I can make it with this group. Thanks for driving, Joshua.

    March 16, 2013

    • joshuarobinson

      My pleasure Neil - thanks for taking photos!

      March 18, 2013

  • Warren Groom

    Thanks Jeremy for leading trip. You found some great power even though we didn’t make it to Iceberg Lakes.

    March 10, 2013

  • sharon mckeown

    Another great ski with great people. Missed you Rom, hope your doing better.

    March 10, 2013

  • Lisa

    It's no big deal that we didn't make it to Iceberg Lakes. It was still an awesome day with some great people and perfect powder. Thanks Jeremy for leading the trip. Rom, I hope your knee feels better soon.

    March 10, 2013

  • Jeremy Walker

    Hey folks, so we never made it up to Iceberg Lakes, but here's the GPS track I recorded of the area where we found some great turns. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6832352...­

    Part of the group got ahead of me on the way up an existing skin track, and it started going up to Crater Lakes. You can see where we stopped for lunch to wait for the folks who went too far. After they came back, we veered to the left to go back toward Iceberg Lakes, but the skiing looked so good around us that we decided to just do a run from as high as we could reach on the ridge overlooking Crater Lakes. It was great skiing and I'd do it again!

    March 10, 2013

  • joshuarobinson

    Late addition :)

    March 10, 2013

  • Zach

    Being that I'm the only person snowshoeing traveling from denver, it will likely present a logistical issue for carpooling.

    March 9, 2013

    • Brian C.

      I'm coming from Denver and was going to meet at the Starbucks.

      March 10, 2013

  • sharon mckeown

    Will meet at Justice Center, looking for a ride

    March 10, 2013

  • Dex

    Sorry, I can't go after all - my boy has to be at a practice. Have a great day!

    March 9, 2013

  • Warren Groom

    Reminder...tomorrow is daylight saving change (Spring Forward).

    March 9, 2013

  • Jeremy Walker

    Ok, I'll bring a GPS track we can follow. I'm driving directly there, so I'll look for everyone at Moffat Tunnel TH around 10:00am.

    March 9, 2013

  • Rom McGuffin

    Hey Everybody, I sprained my MCL today. I think it is sprained and not torn. It hurts and I think I shouldn't ski tomorrow to prevent further injury. The trip can still go because Jeremy knows the way to Iceberg Lakes. So Jeremy please guide them tomorrow. Denver people just carpool together from the Starbucks and meet the Boulder people at Moffat Tunnel. I am so sorry but I think I should be smart and not risk tearing my mcl. I am bummed because the skiing will be great. Have fun!

    March 9, 2013

  • ilene

    This really tempting, my skis were done early and I've got them now.

    March 9, 2013

  • Neil

    I would like a ride from the Justice Center if possible. Should be great.

    March 9, 2013

  • david clair

    Warren,
    David here from the Forest Lakes outing. Can I catch a ride with you from Boulder? I don't have a car that day and can just bike and burley trailer down to the Justice Center.

    March 6, 2013

    • Warren Groom

      David, I have room if you still need a ride.

      March 7, 2013

    • david clair

      Super, I will see you Sunday am - looks like a powder day!

      March 9, 2013

  • Talya

    Bringing Sampson the 4 legged powderhound!

    March 8, 2013

  • Lisa

    Anyone else on this trip snowshoeing, or is everyone skiing?

    March 6, 2013

    • Zach

      I plan to snowshoe

      March 6, 2013

  • Warren Groom

    If anyone wants to carpool from Lyons please let me know. We will meet at the Lyons Library parking lot at 8:00 and leave at 8:15 to meet up with the Boulder Group at 9:00. My phone number is [masked]

    March 6, 2013

  • Steph

    I am coming from Ned and will meet you at Moffat by 9:45.

    March 5, 2013

    • Gary H

      Steph - I might be going to this as well, I too am in Ned. Shoot me a PM if you're interested in carpooling. I'm very likely to go on the Sweet Jenny Lind ski next weekend if you're going, that would be a good car pool too since it's a good bit further than Moffett Tunnel.

      March 6, 2013

  • Bruce

    Rom,

    I've been up to Crater Lake, but not Clayton. The Crater Lake trail goes through thick timber and has steep spots I wouldn't want to ski.

    How does your bushwack route to Clayton compare to the trees we skied from Forest Lake?

    March 5, 2013

    • Rom McGuffin

      First off we have skied Crater Lakes many many times. You can bypass the steep sections and the tree skiing is totally fine. It is not too thick and the skiing is not that hard. I have taken hundreds of skiers there including beginners and they have all skied down safely. The tree skiing from Iceberg/Clayton is very similar to Forest, and Crater, and to all the drainages from Moffat Tunnel. The powder is super deep in the trees, which makes the tree skiing not that difficult.

      March 5, 2013

  • Gary H

    For those coming from Boulder, keep in mind this is over the Dead Man Day's weekend so traffic through Ned could be nasty, especially on the 10th.

    March 4, 2013

    • Rom McGuffin

      Hmm, maybe the Boulder people should go to Rollinsville via the Coal Creek Canyon road. That is the route that the Denver carpool will be using.

      March 4, 2013

  • Lisa

    I am interested in carpooling from the Boulder Justice center. I will be snowshoeing and enjoying watching the skiers faceplant as Rom suggested.

    March 4, 2013

  • Rom McGuffin

    Iceberg is totally different than Baldy. Iceberg starts from the Moffat Tunnel trailhead, does one mile of flat, then climbs through the trees for miles to high remote lakes near the Divide. For snowboarders it is probably good, but you will have to walk some sections. There will be lots of tree skiing. In winter, all of the powder is in the trees. Open areas get pounded by wind and turn into hardpack. So until late April, we are always in the trees skiing deep powder. In May we leave the trees and ski the corn that is created in the high above treeline open bowls.

    February 28, 2013

  • Kiki

    Hey Rom - how does this trip compare to the Ski Baldy in terms of snowboarders (flat areas to walk?) Is it more or less the same as Ski Baldy or better/worse for snowboarders? Open terrain or is it a lot of trees and such?

    February 28, 2013

  • bobbiji

    Howdy, I'm gonna have to bail. When my grandson was last here, he was 4'1". He's over 6' now so it's been some time. He's coming for his spring break which overlaps this trip. An urban kid, he doesn't know one end of a ski from the other. Couldn't do this trip.

    And since I've been clamped over here, I haven't got to my W. Slope haunts. Right after he leaves in mid-March; back in April.

    I'll keep looking and you all keep thinking up some more good ones.

    February 25, 2013

  • pfennel

    It has been a few years since I downhill ski; is this a good trip to help get my legs back. I skinned up Bertha today and plan to do more tomorrow.

    February 23, 2013

    • Rom McGuffin

      Iceberg is a pretty big day. Just be in good shape for a long ascent and be able to ski deep powder in the trees.

      February 25, 2013

  • Alan B

    and, Kya the border collie. :)

    February 20, 2013

  • Zach

    I plan to snowshoe. Have been to many of the other lakes in this area, but never Iceberg

    February 14, 2013

  • ilene

    I'm in the process of buying backcountry ski gear, definitely hope to do this or another one of your trips!

    February 14, 2013

  • bobbiji

    Should be back from W. Slope by then. Will keep you posted.

    February 14, 2013

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