Breck’s 4th of July Bowl 7/20/08

20 Jul, 2008

After spending yesterday at St Mary’s Glacier and me not wanting to leave Summit County, we headed up to ride the snow that is left at Breck’s 4th of July bowl.  

You can actually drive up to the top and park right by the snow, but it’s a rocky road and 4WD is necessary.   
This is the view from the top today.

Luckily I drive a Toyota Tacoma and it does the job…even when I doubt it.  Here’s the crew today:  Lauren hiding behind TJ changing his pants and K.
There are generally rails set up and today there was one left and a couple small logs to play around with.  I parked the truck about 20 feet from the snow, so there wasn’t much hiking involved today. 

The girls:  Lauren and myself.  

TJ setting up a jump within the view of being in the clouds.

I spent most of my time being the photographer for the day, which is quite fine with me.  I did make a couple turns on the snowpack and it was fun.  The snow was soft and dirty but less bumpy than St. Mary’s Glacier yesterday.

Lauren riding the rail

We brought some shovels up and the guys started building the features.  Here’s K with his shovel.

TJ ready to jump over the log that was left there

The shot of me on the mountain with my trusty Never Summer Evo R.

After the shredding, we sat and enjoyed some cold refreshments while enjoying the view. 

Yesterday was a fun day of hiking and riding, luckily today was more mellow since we were still tired from the hike yesterday.  The best part of today was just sitting looking out over the world enjoying the view while realizing you are still on snow.  

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  1. Josh Smith
    July 21, 2008

    Looks like fun. Too bad it’s 100 degrees with 100 percent humidity in Philthadelphia.

  2. Anonymous
    July 27, 2008

    Hey, is there any way you could email me directions on how to get to 4th of july bowl? Last week I tried fromt he peak 9 base but just ended up at the top of peak 9. Is it from peak 10? Thanks! My email is

    – Mike

  3. seanfitz10
    August 01, 2008

    please email directions…. summer time I usually hike st mary’s but this looks much more fun 4 wheeling up. Where is the road? email directions at

  4. Shayboarder
    August 03, 2008

    Sent both of you guys directions. It’s a long road, bumpy and takes you up to the weather tower from the base of Peak 9.

  5. Anonymous
    August 10, 2008

    Can i also get some directions, and how much snow do you think will be left?

  6. WVUScientist
    July 31, 2009

    I hate to join the parade, but I have hiked at St. Mary’s numerous times and am looking for a new place to feed my addiction during the summer. It looks like the 4th of July bowl is the place to be. Could you e-mail me directions (

  7. Shay
    August 01, 2009

    Hey WVU Scientist,

    Sweet on hiking St Mary’s, we haven’t made it out there yet this summer but eventually. Breck’s area is just a rail park, the upper snow doesn’t look rideable with the rocks now but definitely go check it out. You need 4WD to get up the road.

    I put directions in this post here in the comments section.