Peak(s):  Turner Pk  -  13,233 feet
Ruby Mtn A  -  13,277 feet
Guyot, Mt  -  13,370 feet
Lenawee Mtn  -  13,204 feet
Audubon, Mt  -  13,223 feet
Date Posted:  06/09/2020
Modified:  11/01/2020
Date Climbed:   05/22/2020
Author:  SnowAlien
 Skiing in the Springtime of Corona   

Turner peak

SE face ski descent

Trailhead: Denny Creek
~7 miles, ~3,200 ft

Cottonwood pass road was blocked, so I started from Denny creek TH. The approach to Hartenstein lake was fairly straightforward and I was able to skin to the summit, arriving around 1pm. The mellow NE face I was planning on skiing was still unskiable, but the steeper SE face looked very nice. I was unsure about the bushwhack back to the road, but the terrain was still mostly snow covered, so it wasn't too terrible, although the willows did get tight in a few spots. The road was also still snow covered (except for the last 0.5 mile), so the ski out was quick.

Turner peak (L) as seen from Hartenstein lake on the approach
Still winter snowpack on the NE face
Looking south at Emma Burr
Summit views
Just below the summit
Nice line
Great snow conditions

Ruby mountain

South face ski descent

Trailhead: Peru Creek
~8 miles, ~3,200 ft

Peru creek road was still very much snow covered, and skinning was efficient. The overnight freeze was marginal, so I had to stay ahead of the game. I was able to skin to about 12,000 (with ski crampons). I booted the remaining vertical (with a few postholes in warming snow). The summit was windy, and after considering other options, I decided on the same line for the descent. The ski back down the road was quick.

Peru road skin
My ascent/descent route was the gully between Cooper and Ruby
Remaining route
Grays from the summit
Reversing the route on the descent

Mt Guyot

Swan dive/NW face ski descent

Trailhead: French gulch
~8 miles, ~3,700 ft

With the great freeze, there was not need to start extra early. I started around 7am and hiked the dry road to the turn off. Skins went on after that. I climbed the still solidly frozen NW face, arriving at the summit just past 10am. I could see a few other parties in the basin, still coming up. Without further wait, I dropped into the Swan Dive around 10.30am, which was mostly great corn. Near 11,500 ft, I was able to traverse the basin and regain the ridge. After checking out the old mining cabin on the North-facing shoulder, I kept traversing towards the NW gully, which was still pretty firm around noon. I caught up to a couple local kids at the end of the run, returning back at the car just before 1pm.

Guyot on the approach
Still frozen NW face. Snowboarder for scale
Baldy looking lovely
Impressive cornice on the summit ridge
G&T in the distance
Swan Dive
Looking up from the start of the traverse
Traverse out of the basin
Approaching the mining cabin
Mining cabin on the North ridge
~12,100 ft
A bit more skiing
Finally corn @ noon

Lenawee mountain

SE face ski descent

Trailhead: Peru Creek
~9 miles, ~3,000 ft

A week after skiing Ruby, I was back at Peru creek. While a lot of snow has melted in just a week, the road was still skinnable for the most part. I skied Marjories couloir in the past, but with the great freeze that day, I thought the wait for the western aspect will be very long. The east side of Lenawee looked great from Ruby the other day, so I decided to check it out, unsure what I will find. I took the Chihuahua gulch turn-off this time and then the south ridge to the summit. The snow on the SW aspect was still pretty frozen even after 11 am. So after checking the impressive cornices towards Grizzly, I decided on the east face and determined the easiest, cornice-free entry was just slightly south off the summit. The ski down was great. Snow was still in great shape, but I could see the old avy debris from prior days. This was one of my favorite lines this spring, least because it was so unexpected. I was able to push and pole almost all the way back to the car.

Lenawee on the approach
Cornices from a mile away
Gaining the southern shoulder
Look down the East face. Not clear if it goes
Entry just off the summit and away from cornices
Looking up the line
Fun ski

Mt. Audubon and Toll

Crooked couloir

Trailhead: Brainard lake winter closure
~15 miles, ~4,500 ft

After skiing Mt. Paiute a few years ago, I knew the drill. I started pedaling on my bike from the TH at 5.45 am, and the 3.5 miles went by in 30 minutes. I stashed the bike near Mitchell lake TH. I didn't bring crampons or an ice ax to save on weight, so the route was clear - the summer route. Not sure how much snow to expect, I packed the trail runners, and good thing I did. After a couple of miles on snow, the trail above the treeline was mostly dry. I changed back from ski boots into trail runners and hiked to the summit, arriving around 10.30 am. The direct line from the summit wasn't in, but the Crooked couloir was still in great shape. I dropped in around 11 am. The very top of the line was still firm, but the snow transitioned to great corn after a couple hundred feet. After skiing down to 11,700 feet, I was disappointed that the ski was over too soon, and the long slog out awaited. The snow was still holding up and Mt Toll beckoned. After some pep talk, I put the skins back on (at least I carried them around not for nothing!) and tried to hurry up. I managed to arrive on Toll summit by 1pm. Snow was soft, but I skied worse snow before. The slog back to the bike was even longer than I remembered despite the trail still snow covered. At least the downhill bike part was very quick.

Biking up the road in the AM
Mostly dry trail to Mt. Audubon. Hooray for trail shoes
Longs and Meeker
Looking down Crooked
Long walk for a short ski
Bonus ski
Navajo and Apache from Toll
Toll ski
Look back at Audubon
Classic Toll

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

 Comments or Questions

Love them.
06/09/2020 18:29
I always enjoy your reports, Natalia!

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