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Trestle Shot


The Central basin area of trees and rolling pitches

Ski Touring Moderate

907 m
73 m
73 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.4 km
High Point
3.5 km
Trestle Shot Map

Trestle Shot holds a bunch of lines around an old mining trestle that is great for photos. Located in the middle North West aspect of Alta Lakes Basin above the Observatory, this area is perfect for mini hikes of around ten to twenty minutes, especially when avalanche conditions are high and it's good to stay away from risky faces. There is a variety of short tree runs of varying pitches plus a couple of spots to build a backcountry kicker and lake view areas for picnicking. There is no patrol so backcountry safety applies even in the mellow tree lines. Snowmobiling is not uncommon during long weekends and holidays so shared area use and respect goes a long way to enjoying this part of the San Juan Mountains.



Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between December and April


  • Trees
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins