Vail Pass TH to Janet's Cabin

This route is the most efficient ski connection between Vail Pass and Janet's Cabin. It also forms the bulk of the connection between Janet's and the Shrine Mountain Inn. Most of the route follows timberline, skirting high around several mountainsides. It's a more interesting trip than Guller Creek, with tremendous views and plenty of challenging navigation.

Begin at the the Vail Pass Trailhead. Put your skins on and ski S through across Tenmile Creek, then take a slightly climbing traverse S then SW into Wilder Gulch. Cross S through Wilder Gulch at the 10,600 foot level. Leave Wilder Gulch and climb 1 mile up the S ridge of Wilder Gulch to a shelf at 11,280 feet. Move S off the ridge here, and take a traversing climb another mile to timberline at a small saddle and knob in the Stafford Creek Drainage (11,640 feet).

Traverse the head of Stafford Creek by following an 11,600 foot contour, and gain an open saddle on the south ridge of the drainage at 11,680 feet. Take a slightly dropping contour SE from the saddle 1/4 mile down to Janet's Cabin at the head of Guller Creek. The hut is just below the last timber a few hundred feet NW of Guller Creek. If you find yourself above timberline you have gone to high.

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