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Rustler Gulch to Copper Basin (Elks)?

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Rustler Gulch to Copper Basin (Elks)?

Postby carson_h » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:03 pm

Has anyone connected from Rustler Gulch to Copper Basin? It looks like the easiest route connects south of Precarious Peak and West of PT 13,323, but there are some steep and loose sections on the South side of the pass. I'm hoping to find a route that is class 2+ max. Pictures are appreciated!

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Re: Rustler Gulch to Copper Basin (Elks)?

Postby gb » Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:22 pm

I've only been in that area with snow cover in the spring. I think you will find a way through though. UN 13,323 = Cassi Peak

Some relevant photos in these:
http://14erskiers.com/blog/2011/06/golden-tops-north-face-and-cassi-peak-sw-couloir-6-5-11/

http://14erskiers.com/blog/2012/08/tr-copper-lake/

http://14erskiers.com/blog/2012/10/tr-rustler-gulch/

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Re: Rustler Gulch to Copper Basin (Elks)?

Postby Kane » Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:38 am

Fb, thanks for sharing the links. It's not easy locating much info for that area of the Elks. I've always had a feeling that area is under appreciated. Or should I say it's just not a well known place for a myriad of reasons. White Rock Mountain is one oft favorite mountains in Colorado.

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Re: Rustler Gulch to Copper Basin (Elks)?

Postby carson_h » Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:37 am

Google earth shows the route down Cassi Peak to be a scree fest -- your plan to travel this area with snow cover was a good idea. Thanks for the info, and photos!

Does anyone have beta for this area in summer?

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Re: Rustler Gulch to Copper Basin (Elks)?

Postby gb » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:52 am

Didn't see what you needed in the second 2 posts? Shows the route down cassi pretty well, in the summer.

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Re: Rustler Gulch to Copper Basin (Elks)?

Postby DArcyS » Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:59 pm

The basin immediately below Precarious is very rocky, and not an easy tundra walk. There is an old miners trail high in the basin west of Cassi (13,232) (or north of UN 13,260) (near the word "FOREST" on the topo). Thus, the easiest travel might be to hit the pass between Cassi and 13260.

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