Near Edwards, the awesome 6.5 mile backcountry ski up New York Mountain offers majestic views of the Gore Range and Maroon Bells. The route starts from Yeoman Park south of Edwards and ends at the Hidden Treasure Yurt at 11,200. The terrain varies from steep north facing tree skiing to mellow open slopes above the treeline.
To reach the trailhead from the Eagle Exit #147 on I-70 drive north .2 miles, cross a bridge over the Eagle River, take a right on old Hwy 6, and drive West a short distance to Eagle. Turn left (south) on Broadway (the main street) in Eagle to 5th Street, turn left (east) on 5th, and drive one block to the Sylvan Lake (Brush Creek) Road. Good signs mark this route through Eagle. Follow the Brush Creek Road S from Eagle 10.6 miles to the "Y" in the road. Take the left fork (East Brush Creek Road) and drive 5.8 miles to Yeoman Park. Turn right (southwest) off the main road, and follow a spur a short distance over a bridge crossing East Brush Creek, then a few hundred feet to obvious parking.
Overall, New York Mountain / Yeoman Park is the 21st most popular cross country ski area of all 52 Nordic ski destinations in Colorado. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby New York Mountain / Yeoman Park including Shrine Pass Trail, Tigiwon Trail, Beaver Creek Nordic Center, Tennessee Pass Mitchell Loop and Vail Nordic Center.
Local Contacts: WRNF (303) 945-2521; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; High Alpine Adventures (800) 484-6789.
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Hidden Treasure Yurt (800) 444-2813
Luxury Loding: Sonnenalp Resort (800) 654-8312; Cordillera (800) 87RELAX; Vail Cascade Resort (800) 420-2424
GPS: 39.5033, -106.6788
Date Published: 12/26/2015
Date Updated: 8/13/2016
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