No Name Gulch

OutAndBack • 7.8 mi • 1370 ft

Beginning skiers and snowshoers will find this an ideal tour, with length that can be tailored to suit your wishes. The tour up the No Name Gulch Road is ideal for the beginning snowshoer or Nordic skier. The road is quite gradual, and the grade is constantly upward with no loss of elevation between the trailhead and the end point of this tour. The road experiences a low volume of traffic since it is somewhat isolated. In the final stages of this tour there are glimpses through the trees of Whitney Peak to the northwest, as well as a unusual winter look at the fourteener, Mount of the Holy Cross, rising behind Whitney. The latter became famous through the photography of William H. Jackson of the Hayden Survey in the 1880s. His famous photo generated sundry tales and legends about the mountain, and it remains today a great favorite among climbers.
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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Vail
Length: 7.8 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,370 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easiest; Avalanche Danger: Least
Duration: 100 minutes up, 52 minutes down
Season: Mid-November to late March
Trailhead Elevation: 9,190 feet
Top Elevation: 10,560 feet
Other Uses: Good for: small children, dogs
Local Contacts: White River National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Pando
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2/14/2009

Both times I have been on this trail, I've only seen, in total, three snowshoers and two snowmobilers. It is so quiet and peaceful, and a beautiful view at every turn. It is forested and the snow is very powdery. Our dog runs off leash the entire time. We went for about 3 hours total each trip.

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