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Dragon's Egg Couloir Ski Descent 

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Type:  Snow, Alpine, Grade II
FA: Never heard of anyone else on it before Miller & myself.
Season: Spring
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Submitted By: Ken Trout on Apr 19, 2003

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Dreamweaver approach. Tim likes glissade, I carri...

Introduction 

Meeker is where I go to pretend I'm in Chamonix. The Dragons Egg Couloir is easily seen from Denver, just right of Longs. If it looks phat, then go!

Ascending Dreamweaver's ice and then skiing Dragon's Egg Couloir is the way to go. Most ski haulers doing Dreamweaver just ski the Loft, steeper, but only a third the size. Another advantage to Dreamweaver & Dragon's Egg is that both gullies crest at the same place on the summit ridge. Avoiding the ski carry over the summit boulder to reach the Loft is another bonus.

Approach 

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Kirk Miller, not far below the col.
Kirk Miller, not far below the col.
Dragons Egg Couloir on 5/24/03.  The Dragons Egg is the huge black rock in the center of the photo (I think).
BETA PHOTO: Dragons Egg Couloir on 5/24/03. The Dragons Egg i...
Mt. Meeker Traverse. <br /> <br />Loft ascent, Dragon's Egg Couloir descent. <br /> <br />Better to bring the rope, harness, and tools to climb Dreamweaver first.
Mt. Meeker Traverse. Loft ascent, Dragon's Egg Co...
This photo, taken on June 6th from the summit of Apache, shows that the Dragons Egg couloir is pretty melted out.  Bummer!
This photo, taken on June 6th from the summit of A...
Dragon's Egg marked.
BETA PHOTO: Dragon's Egg marked.
Dragon Egg Couloir in 03-03-2007 as seen from Meeker Meadows.
BETA PHOTO: Dragon Egg Couloir in 03-03-2007 as seen from Meek...
Mt. Meeker. <br />Dragon's Egg Couloir. <br /> <br />Even in a big year, June is too late (2011).  The crux was hiking right, on steep talus, to connect snow. Skins are usually best for crossing the forested ridge over to Sandbeach Lake.
BETA PHOTO: Mt. Meeker. Dragon's Egg Couloir. Even in a big y...

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By Joel Levenberg
May 9, 2003

On 5/3, we departed from and returned to the Sandbeach Lake Trailhead, thus avoiding the shuttle. We climbed up Meeker ridge to about 11,000 ft, then traversed over to the most eastern of the two couloirs east of the dragon's egg, and climbed it direct. It was a long day (close to 11 hours), but it was well worth the effort. There was enough snow to ski within about 1 mile of the trailhead.

Typical spring conditions for this type of altitude. Transitioned from hard, firm snow up top to creamy corn in the middle, to sticky mush at the bottom. This will be good until about mid June '03 if we keep getting cloudy, unsettled weather.

Great view of the park and the northern Indian Peaks. Long, long long ski down. Around 35 degrees.

If we had stayed on the Meeker Ridge until the summit, we would have had to cross an awkward class 3, exposed ridge with HUGE wind gusts and heavy backpacks. I would highly recommend a rope for this route. The couloir we did climb was quite uneventful until the last 150 vertical feet. You must navigate through rocks and thin snow. Definitely recommend an axe and/or crampons for the top.
By Stephen Carlos Rydalch
From: Golden, CO
Apr 24, 2008
rating: Steep Snow

Notes from a climb dated 3/3/2007: (sorry for redundancy)

You can do this route without a shuttle from the Sand Beach Lake TH at the Wild Basin RMNP entrance. The base of Mount Meeker can be reached in the winter by bushwhacking north for 1 mile from Sand Beach Lake.

Hiking the extra distance along the trail all the way to Sand Beach Lake, instead of turning off at Hunter Creek, offers a shorter snow slog, plus you can just follow the creek up if you get lost.

Before turning off trail take a bearing of the summit and keep on it. You will regain the view just before Meeker Meadows. Meeker Meadows is a fantastic place to camp. Lots of ptarmigans. I also saw tons of bighorns on a summer hike through here.

The summit of Mount Meeker can be reached by following the southwest ridge (middle left, above the egg in the Meeker Meadows photo) to its intersection with the West (left, perpendicular) ridge.

The tricky part is a traverse at the intersection. There is a very exposed class 3 section. Axe and crampons are in order. A rope and some rock pro for a belay wouldn't hurt either. There are a lot of possibilities for obtaining the West Ridge. Stay on easy terrain for as long as possible.

A Very long day if you do it one push from the Sand Beach Lake Trailhead.
By topher donahue
May 4, 2012

It was skied in the '90s for sure (Mike Pennings and partner), probably in the '80s too - it's a super obvious ski objective. First ski descents in The Park are pretty hard to know - recording such things wasn't really part of the local culture until recently, and there was a really active and talented ski mountaineering community living and exploring on skis in the area in the '80s.

Approaching from Wild Basin without a car shuttle is the best way to go - it allows you to travel lighter, without crampons, and leave skins/headlamps/water/food/etc. on the way up so you can be really light for the thin air section, and most importantly it saves a lot of driving on both ends. Then having a track down makes route-finding easy in the trees and overall the benefits outweigh the slightly shorter hike from the Long's Peak side.
By doug haller
From: Boulder, Colorado
May 28, 2013

Climbed Dreamweaver and descended Dragon's Egg. Clouds in the AM kept the climb solid while sun late in the AM softened snow for ski down.

Comments: car to car in about 12 hours (expect others would reduce this time, I was having slow day and thank my partner waiting).
Key beta: know your route finding skills from the end of the ski run to the lake - Sand Beach Lake. The hiking trail from Sandbeach Lake to parking lot at Wild Basin is NOT blazed. Why? Don't know but would be a good project for someone to add blazes. Look for the trail at the NE aspect of the lake. Getting from the base of the ski run to the lake requires orienteering and bushwhacking. We did not find any obvious trail.
Times: Long's Peak to base of Dreamweaver: approx. 3.5 hours; Dreamweaver to summit 3 hours; ski descent 45 minutes; hike out 4.5 hours.
By Martin le Roux
From: Superior, CO
May 11, 2014

If you're starting at Sandbeach Lake trailhead, don't go all the way to Sandbeach Lake. Stay on the trail for about 2/3 mile past the Hunter's Creek crossing, then head NNW through open forest for about 1/2 mile. If you do it right, you'll rejoin Hunter's Creek just below treeline. This is shorter than going all the way to Sandbeach Lake but avoids dense forest lower down in Hunter's Creek.