Angell Basin Backcountry Skiing


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Distance:
1.64 miles (2.64 km)

Total Elev. Gain:
1,213 ft. (370 m)
Total Elev. Loss:
-268 ft. (-82 m)

Max Altitude:
8,120 ft. (2475 m)
Min Altitude:
7,160 ft. (2182 m)
by Brian Sather — Updated 3 weeks 5 days ago · Posted Tue, Feb 21, 2012
Angell Basin and the surrounding slopes are popular for backcountry skiing and snowboarding in northeast Oregon. The peaks boasts easy access by car at a relatively high starting point at 7,000 feet. The basin is a short tour from the Anthony Lakes Ski Resort parking lot. Because of the winter recreation, the road is plowed regularly. The ski area is generally open Thursday-Sunday and holidays, but the backcountry is always open. The basin is somewhat sandwiched between the ski resort and the nordic ski area, so getting into and out of the basin is easy. Some ride the lift for a head start downhill to Hoffer Lakes and then up into the basin. The other route is to follow "Road Run" (far left when looking at the resort) up from the parking lot and then catching the skin tracks that head left off of the groomed run. The above GPS tracks follow that route to Angel Basin. Directions to the start
  • Follow Anthony Lakes Highway (Forest Road 73) from Baker City or if traveling east in I-84, take the North Powder exit to cut over to the Highway.
  • Drive time is about 1 hour from Baker or La Grande.
Restrictions: Snow Park Permit required. Elevation at top: 8,600 ft. Vertical: 1,100 ft Weather: Check weather conditions at LG Weather.

Waypoints:
 Anthony Lakes Ski Resort Snopark — 44.962580, -118.233259
 Mud Lake — 44.964945, -118.231870
 Campground — 44.961788, -118.229070
 Lees Peak — 44.942916, -118.237910
 Angell Peak — 44.941653, -118.229585
 Gunsight Mountain — 44.950600, -118.227489
 Road hazard — 44.964490, -118.205216

The basin seen from the ski resort. From L-R: Van Patten Peak, Gunsight Peak, Angell Peak
The first wow-factor view when arriving at Hoffer Lakes. Left-Right: Lee's Peak, The Lakes Lookout.
Early morning sun coming up over Angell Peak
Skiing north side of Lee's Peak
Just below the summit of Angell Peak
From the upper basin, the east side of Lee's Peak offers some good lap skiing.
Poster Ridge seen from Hoffer Lakes, is a popular side-country ski from the resort.
The back of Gunsight Peak seen from Lee's
The north side of Lee's Peak.
Angell Peak, Lee's Peak, and The Lakes Lookout
Accessing the basin from the Anthony Lakes Ski Area parking lot (bottom). The ski area runs are visible on the right.