University Peak

Independence, California

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University Peak offers excellent ski descents from two different approaches. University Pass and the Southeast Couloir, via Robinson Lake, provide fine descents from near the summit. The North Couloir provides a long and steep descent to Bench and Flower Lakes. The powder is often excellent in the North Couloir. The best time to ski University Peak is in the late winter or early spring. The road usually opens in April or early May, but this depends upon the amount of snow accumulation during the winter. This trip can also be completed in the winter, but all the routes contain steep gullies above 12,000 feet; be sure to wait until the snow has stabilized and avalanche danger has been eliminated.
50 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Summits in California

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50 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Summits in California

by Paul Richins (The Mountaineers Books)

University Peak offers excellent ski descents from two different approaches. University Pass and the Southeast Couloir, via Robinson Lake, provide fine descents from near the summit. The North Couloir provides a long and steep descent to Bench and Flower Lakes. The powder is often excellent in the North Couloir. The best time to ski University Peak is in the late winter or early spring. The road usually opens in April or early May, but this depends upon the amount of snow accumulation during the winter. This trip can also be completed in the winter, but all the routes contain steep gullies above 12,000 feet; be sure to wait until the snow has stabilized and avalanche danger has been eliminated.

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Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Independence
Distance: 18
Elevation Gain: 6,389 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1 to 3 days
Season: Best February through early May
Trailhead Elevation: 7,200 feet
Top Elevation: 13,589 feet
Additional Use: Snowboarding
Local Maps: USGS Kearsarge Peak, Mount Williamson, Mount Brewer
Driving Directions: Directions to University Peak

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