Galena Mountain

Adventurers: Michael, Yank & Tracy
Category: Backcountry skiing

Start: Leadville, Colorado
   
Trailhead: Start at the Timberline Trailhead. From Leadville, follow signs to Turquoise Lake. The Trailhead is at the western end of Turquoise Lake, just northwest of the May Queen Campground. *Source: USDA Forest Service
 
Trail: Follow CO trail for about a miles until you come around the east side of the ridge line (not the main one to the summit). Head up the gully and angle east, skinners right, to gain the main ridge line to the summit. The first peak is a false summit, but you should be able to see the real summit once you’ve hit the first mini peak. There are three ridges that come together to form the summit, so it’s important to consider this when selecting a route to ski, as it will have implications on where you exit the mountain and how you get back to the trailhead.
 
Ski lines: There are several ski lines to choose from. We skied one of the couloirs, displayed as red lines on the map, which we preceded to name "Cherry Couloir." At the bottom of the ski run there is lake that you cross, take caution here if you are skiing in late spring. To return, we skied along the St. Kevin’s Lake Trail to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (Colorado Trail). We skinned a good portion of this as it was rather flat. We dropped off the Colorado Trail to the south in order to get on the powerlines trail and then followed it back to the parking lot. *Source: 40 Minutes from Leadville

Distance: 7.1 Miles

Elevation Gain: 3,054 feet

Max Elevation: 12,899 feet

Duration: 5 hours 50 minutes

Risks: High alpine avalanche danger, lake crossing after decent    

Weather: Mix of sun and clouds, temperatures ranging from 30 – 60 degrees    

This ski route was part of the 2016 Run-Bike-Ski challenge, check our the full Adventure Report here
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Photo source: 40 minutes from Leadville

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