Peak(s):  Torreys Peak  -  14,272 feet
Date Posted:  06/08/2014
Date Climbed:   06/07/2014
Author:  AxeTheIce
 Torreys Peak - Tuning Forks from the Top   

Ski conditions on Tuning Forks are still great this time of year. The snow is skiable from the creek to the summit. Crux of the morning was crossing the icy logs over the creek. Full 4 points of contact required. There was a HUGE avalanche down the N. Face this winter creating a mixture of snow, ice, trees, and rock. Suggest that you stay on the road w/ additional creek crossing instead of trying to skin through the woods and across the debris. The creek is bridged below the N. Face gully so this may prevent getting soaked.

Firm snow up to the fork junction.
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Third of the way up below the forks come together


Full coverage above on the climbers left.
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Upper part of the skiers R fork


Route from the summit requires creativity, but goes on all snow. The entrance to the skiers right fork is steep but still filled in.
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Top of the skiers R fork


Looking down the route shows the massive amount of snow still there.
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Looking down the R fork below entrance


Dave dropped first off the ridge.
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Dave dropping


Pat cleanly skied the head wall on his skinny skis.
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Pat below headwall


Andrew straight lined the head wall.
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Andrew straight-lining headwall


The snow in the upper right fork was firm so I punted across the rocks to the left fork and took video / pics. The sun had softened the skiers left fork more than the right at 12:45.
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Dave approaching choke


The bottom apron was creamy and fast.
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Lower apron


Skied from top at 12:30. This was a full hour early as the snow on the top was still firm. Not icy but firm. At about 13,500' it had softened enough to increase the fun factor.

Get it soon before the upper section melts out.



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Comments or Questions
SolarAlex
User
sweet
06/08/2014 14:06
Looks like a great day out...thanks for the pics and info, me and a couple friends are heading up this route tomorrow...how was the road into grizzly gulch? drivable?


AxeTheIce
User
Road into Grizzly Gulch
06/08/2014 21:00
Drove 200 yards past the cabin until stopped by snow. Snow / mud mixture from there on.


mattdecoste
User
Thanks!
06/09/2014 03:37
Me and 3 guys are planning on hiking the combo tomorrow. Thanks for the beta.


cascadecoach
User
Slope Angle of Tuning Fork
06/10/2014 02:57
If you had to guess, what is the maximum and average angle of this ski descent?


mw1000
User
great descent! do it every year for the last 6 yea
06/10/2014 14:10
Thanks for the excellent beta! Any idea if Stevens gulch is passable?


AxeTheIce
User
Average angle of descent
06/10/2014 17:20
Hmm... The turns at the top felt above 40 degrees. Especially in the head wall. The rest of the route is more mellow with exception of the choke of the skiers right gully as the two forks join.



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