West gully of the Fin

Yellowstone National Park

A 1600 feet, open gully

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
1 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
532 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
3 km
Gradient
39˚
West gully of the Fin Map

The West gully of the Fin is a nice long run. It's great late in the day run during the spring and early summer. The first hundred feet or so will have to be walked down due to westerly winds. Once you get to the snow though, you'll be afforded wide open arcing turns for 1600 feet. To access this line, turn off the Bannock trail at the East end of Silver Gate. Head up the deep creek drainage directly West of Republic. Take the high and East side of the creek, there are a couple tight canyons and waterfalls to avoid. Stay high for about a third of a mile, and you'll be at the bottom of the line. Ascend the tree-d ridge between gully to the top.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, November, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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