Kessler Peak and Mineral Fork

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Mineral Fork sits between Mill B and Cardiff and has amazing, steep skiing when stable. Kessler Peak rises steeply from Big Cottonwood Canyon (BCC) and also boasts incredible terrain, when avalanche danger is moderate or low. Both areas have produced multiple fatalities, even in moderate hazard, and are expert touring areas with high consequences. Mineral Fork is often skied on bi-canyon tours from Alta via Cardiff Fork.
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Backcountry Skiing Utah

by Tyson Bradley (Falcon Guides)

Mineral Fork sits between Mill B and Cardiff and has amazing, steep skiing when stable. Kessler Peak rises steeply from Big Cottonwood Canyon (BCC) and also boasts incredible terrain, when avalanche danger is moderate or low.

Both areas have produced multiple fatalities, even in moderate hazard, and are expert touring areas with high consequences. Mineral Fork is often skied on bi-canyon tours from Alta via Cardiff Fork.

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Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 2-2.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,120 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 6,700 feet
Top Elevation: 10,820 feet
Local Contacts: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District, (801) 943-1794 Utah Avalanche Center, (888) 999-4019, ext. 1; Dawn Patrol, ext. 8 Utah Mountain Adventures (ski guiding and avalanche education), (801) 550-3986 Wasatch Powderbird Guides, (801) 742-2800
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute Dromedary, Mount Aire; Alpentech Wasatch Touring Map 1; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Map Trailheads: Central Alta Trailhead in Lower Cottonwood Canyon (LCC)
Driving Directions: Directions to Kessler Peak and Mineral Fork

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