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Caribou Approach

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A casual approach to a low angle and playful slope with optional steeper glade lines.

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11,122' 3,390 m


9,945' 3,031 m


1,178' 359 m


57' 17 m



Avg Slope (7°)


Max Slope (20°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
Respect private property crossings.


On a powder day, you'll need a 4WD car to access the top part of Caribou Road since the road is not plowed in the winter. Park alongside the road by the old mining structures, or at the end of the road.

The approach is mellow and flat for about 1.75 miles. Take the second fork in the trail, to the right. From the broken down cabins on the left, follow the trail to the right. Here you'll start your ascent up the base of the slope. This hike takes about 10 minutes and there should be a distinct skin track when no fresh snow has fallen. At the top of the knob, head right to the open meadow and choose your line.

This area is lap-able without backtracking on the approach. The slope is open and east facing, so prone to wind loading and fills in nice early season, but can lead to stability issues on steeper aspects.

Overall, this is a safe and playful slope that you can lap 3 - 4 times on a good day.

On the hike out, get ready to strap skins on, as the last section of the hike is a low-grade climb out to the parking lot.


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Sallie Hoefer

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Just below Baldy Summit, at the top of what Powder Project calls "Caribou Approach" ascent.
Jan 2, 2021 near Nederland, CO
Looking out over Caribou glade
Apr 14, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Skin track heading up to the top of Caribou
Apr 14, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Just some nice wind blown packed powder to ski through. Taken from the skin track up.
Feb 27, 2021 near Nederland, CO
Top of caribou
Feb 23, 2021 near Nederland, CO
Top of caribou
Feb 23, 2021 near Nederland, CO


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Dec 3, 2022
Jaimie S
Nice skin and ski - still lots of rocks to navigate around but we got some clean lines (and some not so clean lines…)
Nov 20, 2022
Andrew Hewitt
Trail in was a very nice skin as of Nov 19th. Good conditions for descend on trail. The slope is still filling in…many rocks. Saw ski lines up high…
Jan 28, 2022
Ray Wu
Jan 16, 2022
JJ Johns
The approach is nicely filled in with no rocks anywhere. The snow ATL is extremely wind packed and hard to skin in the steeper sections. 3.6mi — 2h 15m
Jan 9, 2022
bogdan lita
Klondike is skiable but snow cover is thin towards the top. Bottom has more snow than the top 2mi — 1h 30m
Feb 25, 2021
JJ Johns
After the snow last night, coverage was great through the day. No more wind blown bald spots early on the approach. Packed powder on the hill. 3.7mi — 3h 30m
Feb 4, 2021
Chris Stellato
windblown down to the dirt in some places before the turnoff. Fresh drifts in other places. Well covered after the right turn.
Jan 31, 2021
Kole Barr
Pretty good snow, decently deep. Layer of wet crust on top 3mi — 3h 00m