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Mt. Bross
East Slopes from Moose Creek
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Difficulty:
 Class 2 
Ski/Board: Intermediate, D4 / R2 / II  
Risk Factors:Exposure: Low
Rockfall Potential: Moderate  
Route-Finding: Moderate  
Commitment: Moderate  
 
Trailhead:Moose Creek
Start:11,200 feet
Summit:14,172 feet
Total Gain:3,100 feet
RT Length:5.00 miles
Duration:User Climb Times
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:3/2019
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:98 reports
Cell Signal:9 reports
Sheriff:Park: 719-836-2494
Forest:Pike
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? Park County no longer allows people to park at the junction of the Zinc and Quarztville roads, so this route is inaccessible in Winter unless you have someone drop you off at the start. There's no parking. In Summer, use the small pull-off described in the trailhead directions or use the Quartzville trailhead instead.

Trailhead

NOTE: This is not an official trailhead and can only be accessed in Summer months when the pull-off is dry.

From Fairplay, take Colorado 9 to the town of Alma. From the center of Alma, continue north on Highway 9 for about 1/2 mile and turn left onto County Road 6 (dirt).

Start measuring mileage from here and drive 1.4 miles on CR 6 and turn left onto Quartzville road. Near 2.2 miles, stay left at a confusing intersection. Near 3.5 miles, pass the intersection of Zinc Road. Continue right up the Quartzville road for another 0.1 mile to find a small, unmarked pull-off on the east side of the road.

Route

1 and 2 provide an overview of the route. From the pull-off on Quartzville road, hike west into public land and continue toward Mt. Bross. Walk through trees to eventually get a better look at the route ahead - 3.

Ascend the ridge or along the right side of the Moose Creek drainage and the remaining route becomes quite obvious - 4 and 5. Follow the edge of the snow and hike up to 13,600' where you will cross the road from Mineral Park. Above the road, continue west and southwest along the right side of the snow or on the edge of the ridge ( 7 and 8) to bypass the steepest snow in the bowl near the top - 9. Above 14,000', reach easier terrain and hike a few hundred yards west to reach the true summit - 10.

Skiing?

It's usually difficult to get a continuous ski from the true summit, but it can happen. The best skiing is often directly down the snow bowl east of the summit - 11, 12 and 13. As the pitch eases near 13,600' ( 14), you may be able to ski continuous snow all the way down to 12,000' where the terrain levels out in Moose Creek - 15 and 16. Work your way northeast and east to reach your starting point on the main road.

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