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Mt Alice

Mt Alice

Trip Date: May 31-June 1, 2014
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park
Miles: 17-18
Vert: 5,000'
Start/Finish: Wild Basin Trailhead
Maps:  Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park; Wild Basin Area Trails
Permit Required?: Yes.  $20 for an overnight trip in the Park.  More info here.
Season: May-June for late spring snow; mid July-October for dry trails
Directions: Found here.  Wild Basin is located in the southeast corner of the Park 

Wild Basin is a far less visited area of Rocky Mountain National Park, but only because it is farther away from the touristy town of Estes Park and approaches are long.  At 13,310, Mt Alice doesn't receive much attention compared to it's neighboring 14er Longs Peak.  But after seeing Alice's East Face you'll surely be inspired and quickly realize the potential the area holds.   

Still quite a bit of snow to deal with in May & June of an average snow year, but beautiful and you'll have the place to yourself.  

After reaching Lion Lake #1, skirt south around a cliff band that will lead you to the base for the East Face of Mt Alice.

Camp, in the basin directly below the East Face.  Continue up to the head of the basin and then ascend to the south to reach the Rabbit Hole Couloir.  

Early morning start up the Rabbit Hole.  You'll be questioning whether or not the couloir actually exists until you're suddenly in it!

Perfect snow and a sunrise in the Rabbit Hole.  What a place.

In the narrowest part of the couloir.