TR: Emma Burr Mountain (10 June 2016)

(Last Updated On: August 14, 2016)

Skiing in late spring can be incredibly fun – especially because access can become much easier. Suddenly, a peak that is tucked miles and miles away up valley during winter might become nearly effortless to access as dirt roads melt out. Once such example is Emma Burr Mountain.

Yep, that’s right Emma Burr Mountain. Most of you have probably never heard of it. No, it’s not this huge ski mountaineering destination. But, tucked away in the middle of the Sawatch Range, Emma Burr Mountain can hold its own. We certainly had some fun skiing there. And admittedly, it bears the same first name as one of my grandmothers, so I took an instant liking to it.

Emma Burr Mountain has some great options for backcountry skiers!

Natalie and I met the night before and camped up the road past Cottonwood Lake. We went for a moderate alpine start.

Yep. Me with Emma Burr behind. And, oh yeah, a toad crossing sign!
Brittany Walker Konsella backcountry skiing on Emma Burr Mountain.

It didn’t take long for us to reach the head of the valley and begin ascending the slopes of Emma Burr. Natalie.
Natalie Moran backcountry skiing on Emma Burr Mountain.

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Once we reached the ridge, we had some talus hopping to do.
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We made friends with this ptarmigan.
Ptarmigan on Emma Burr Mountain.

Nearing the summit.
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And some scrambling was needed to reach the top.
Climbing Emma Burr Mountain.

We enjoyed some leisurely time on the summit of Emma Burr Mountain. Me checking the GPS on my phone – I use the Gaia app.
Brittany Konsella on the summit of Emma Burr.

Girls on top!
Natalie Moran and Brittany Konsella on the summit of Emma Burr Mountain.

Looking down valley at our exit route.
Views from the summit of Emma Burr Mountain.

And another one looking toward Crested Butte, a couple green valleys away.
Views from the summit of Emma Burr Mountain.

We downclimbed about 100 feet from the summit to reach the snow and skied the line slightly looker’s right of the summit. But, the skiing was definitely good! Me.
Brittany Walker Konsella backcountry skiing on Emma Burr Mountain.

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Natalie Moran backcountry skiing on Emma Burr Mountain.

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Another look at Emma Burr Mountain as we descended.
Emma Burr Mountain

And we were able to ski pretty much all the way back to our car…. well, if you can call this skiing.
Brittany Walker Konsella bashing willows with skis.

If you’re looking for something different to ski in late spring and even into early summer, you might wanna check out Emma Burr. It’s a fun mountain!

Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things,Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate 🙂 Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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Skiing Emma Burr Mountain
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Skiing Emma Burr Mountain
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Late spring skiing can make mountains like Emma Burr more accessible. Find out what it's like to ski this fun Sawatch peak!
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Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

2 thoughts on “TR: Emma Burr Mountain (10 June 2016)

  • June 30, 2016 at 8:55 am
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    Beautiful blue skies. Love the ptarmigan.

  • June 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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    Thanks Susan! Glad you liked it!

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