Angora Peak's Northwest Gullies offer up an exhilarating descent with world-class views from the summit. It is worth spending some time taking it all in if your fortunate enough to be there on a sunny day. To the west, Desolation Wilderness sprawls before you with the summits of Mount Ralston and the Crystal Range lining the horizon. To the north, Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe dominate the view.
Angora Peak shares its summit ridge with the rugged Echo Peak, creating a vast amount of extreme north and south facing terrain to be explored in the area.
To reach the northwest gullies of Angora Peak it is best to skin west through the burn and up onto the first ridge of Echo Peak and drop back down to Angora Lakes toward the south facing gullies of Angora Peak. Once on the summit ridge there are two gullies that can be skied down toward Lilly Lake. To return to the car, simply skin or boot pack back up the gullies to the summit ridge and ride a south facing gully back to Angora Lakes and follow your skin track back out to Wintoon CT. Another return option is to skin southwest toward Echo Peak, then ride back to the car from the southwest ridge of Echo Peak. This route is longer, but it offers an uninterrupted descent back toward the car.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.