There is an interesting ridge between Raspberry and Pasque in the series of ridges lining the west side of Highway 40 before the road starts its winding ascent to Wilkinson Summit. We set out to climb it on a cold, blustery July day with rain in the air.
There is a new approach trail to the top of Green Mountain that’s a lot easier than the now overgrown original route. Possibly a game trail once, there is a horse trail that takes you to the foot of the open slopes below the summit.
On our way down from one of the peaks of the Hunchback Hills Gill found a debris patch that could possibly be an old crash site. There were small pieces of sheet metal and a few larger pieces containing what looked like fuel lines embedded in chunks of metal that were obviously fused together by very high temperatures.
Fortress Mountain Ski Resort hopes to be back in business by December 2020. A new owner, Fortress Mountain Holdings, is taking another kick at the can. The company has been operating KPOW!, a Cat Skiing operation since 2011 and has some ambitious plans for the area.
Recent changes that affect both summer and winter use start from Hidden trail which leaves the Ribbon Creek parking lot behind the kiosk. Before you go take a gander at the up-to-date map displayed at the trailhead.