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McCully Basin Ski Tour

Wallowa Mountains, Oregon

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McCully Basin Ski Tour

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  • Gearing up at the summertime trailhead.- McCully Basin Ski Tour
  • Yurts are available to rent through Wallowa Alpine Huts.- McCully Basin Ski Tour
  • Breaking through the sub-alpine in McCully Basin.- McCully Basin Ski Tour
  • Gentle slopes on the approach to McCully Basin.- McCully Basin Ski Tour
  • There's a good mix of alpine and tree skiing in McCully Basin.- McCully Basin Ski Tour
  • Sunrise over Wing Ridge.- McCully Basin Ski Tour
  • On the skin-track to Aneroid Peak.- McCully Basin Ski Tour
  • Aneroid Peak (left) overlooks McCully Basin.- McCully Basin Ski Tour
  • Aneroid Basin and Petes Point in the distance.- McCully Basin Ski Tour
  • Looking west into Aneroid Basin.- McCully Basin Ski Tour
  • Gaining the ridge to Aneroid Peak.- McCully Basin Ski Tour
  • A steep bootpack will get you to the summit of Aneroid Peak.- McCully Basin Ski Tour
  • A steep bootpack will get you to the summit of Aneroid Peak.- McCully Basin Ski Tour
  • Summit photo on Aneroid Peak.- McCully Basin Ski Tour
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great skiing. Easy-ish access. Good snow.
Cons: 
Avalanche danger.
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Region:
Wallowa Mountains, OR
Max slope angle: 
15-30 degrees
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Total Distance: 
9.00 mi (14.48 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,200.00 ft (1,584.96 m)
Vertical descent: 
3,000.00 ft (914.40 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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McCully Basin is a popular area for backcountry skiers in the Wallowas. It attracts overnight visitors because it is home to Wallowa Alpine Huts' McCully Camp, but it's relatively short approach makes day trips feasible. 

Wallowa Alpine Huts also offers guide services for first timers in the area. These are well worth the cost and add a fair amount of safety to your trip. 

The approach is easy to follow and has only one switchback. Once you've reached the basin, there is great low-angle skiing on the west side of the basin and bigger lines for advanced skiers off of Aneroid Peak. 

Backcountry Safety

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.

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