Chipmunk Bluff

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Difficulty 2 Beginner-intermediate
Length 2.8 miles round trip
6450 feet
+400, -400 feet
Navigation Marked trail and road
Time Half day
Season Late December through early April
Snowmobiles Use Not permitted [Please report illegal use of snowmobiles in this area.]
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Loon Lake
Start Loon Lake Chalet at Loon Lake. From Highway 50 turn north onto Ice House Road. Drive 24 miles to the intersection where you must turn right to stay on Ice House Road. Turn right and continue for 5.3 miles until you reach the Loon Lake Chalet.

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This pleasant tour on a road is ideal for skiers seeking a short, easy tour. Enjoy lunch on the flank of Chipmunk Bluff while taking in the view to the east of Tells Peak and the Crystal Range; Tells Peak is the pyramid-shaped peak.

Image of Chipmunk Bluff from above Berts Lake
Chipmunk Bluff from above Berts Lake
Image of Tells Peak and the Crystal Range
Tells Peak and the Crystal Range

Be aware that the last 75 vertical feet to the summit of Chipmunk Bluff are not skiable and are dangerous to climb due to the precipitous angle and the presence of cornices along the summit.

You can combine a tour to Chipmunk Bluff with a tour to Berts Lake as described in the Berts Lake and Chipmunk Loop tour.

Mileage Log   Link to more information about mileage log
Numbers in parentheses
correspond to mileage points on map

There are two trailheads adjacent to Loon Lake Chalet. To locate the one to Chipmunk Bluff, stand in front of the Chalet facing the front door and extend your right arm out to your side; it will be pointing directly at the Chipmunk Bluff trailhead.

Waypoint 1 to 2
Miles: 0.0 - 0.5
Elevation change:+100, -50 feet

From the trailhead (1) ski southwest and then southeast on a snow-covered road for a total of 0.5 mile until you reach a power line (2).

Waypoint 2 to 3
Miles: 0.5 - 1.3
Elevation change: +150, -50 feet

Continue to ski south on the snow-covered road for 0.8 mile until you reach an obvious location from which you can leave the road and angle up toward the base of Chipmunk Bluff (3).

Image of skiers on road to Chipmunk Bluff after new snowfall
Road to Chipmunk Bluff after new snowfall

Waypoint 3 to 4
Miles: 1.3 - 1.4
Elevation change: +50 feet

Leave the snow-covered road and angle up towards Chipmunk Bluff for 0.1 mile until you reach the ridge to the northeast of the peak (4).

Return to trailhead
Miles: 1.4 - 2.8
Elevation change: +100, -300 feet

Retrace the route for 1.4 miles back to the trailhead (1). As an alternative, start your return trip by skiing northeast along the ridge before getting back on the road.

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