Autumn Creek is the most popular ski route in this area.
The trail starts right at the summit of Marias Pass and
crosses the railroad tracks before entering the park. Use
caution when crossing this main line; removing skis is a
Look for the orange markers as you enter the trees as they
will mark the trails location. Turn left at the first
trail junction. The first section of the route follows the
gradual grade of the trail until you reach the open
section below Elk Mountain. The views of the mountains
from this opening are spectacular but several avalanche
paths cross this area and openings to the south.
If you get off trail, or have to detour past areas blown
free of snow, ski to the obvious drainage of Autumn Creek
to the west. Here the route follows the right side of the
creek. From the start of the creek drainage there are some
steep hills and creek crossings which merit caution,
especially in icy conditions. The route follows the trail
to the railroad tracks again and then follows the steep
access road to a pulloff at mile marker 193.8 on U.S.
Beginners may want to just ski the first part of this
trail and explore the open areas along the beginning of
the trail, especially the Three Bears Lake area.