Red Pine and Maybird Gulches

Sandy, Utah

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This popular and diverse ski-touring area has options ranging from avalanche-safe, wooded beginner tours to high-alpine ski mountaineering. Finish at White Pine Trailhead or separate lower-altitude locations in Red Pine and Maybird Gulches along Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC) Road (UT 210). All tours begin with 2 miles of low-angle skinning along the summer hiking trail through White Pine and contouring into Red Pine Gulch. The Lone Peak Wilderness is entered as you exit White Pine and round the ridge into Red Pine Gulch. Red Pine can be accessed from Pink Pine Ridge by skiing a west-facing slide path but snow here is often sun-crusted or underlain by wet slide debris. The most expedient approach is to stay on the summer trail as it contours around the ridge and climbs southwest through aspen glades and finally intersects Red Pine Creek at 9,000 feet.
Backcountry Skiing Utah

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Backcountry Skiing Utah

by Tyson Bradley (Falcon Guides)

This popular and diverse ski-touring area has options ranging from avalanche-safe, wooded beginner tours to high-alpine ski mountaineering. Finish at White Pine Trailhead or separate lower-altitude locations in Red Pine and Maybird Gulches along Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC) Road (UT 210).

All tours begin with 2 miles of low-angle skinning along the summer hiking trail through White Pine and contouring into Red Pine Gulch. The Lone Peak Wilderness is entered as you exit White Pine and round the ridge into Red Pine Gulch. Red Pine can be accessed from Pink Pine Ridge by skiing a west-facing slide path but snow here is often sun-crusted or underlain by wet slide debris. The most expedient approach is to stay on the summer trail as it contours around the ridge and climbs southwest through aspen glades and finally intersects Red Pine Creek at 9,000 feet.

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Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Sandy
Distance: 3-5 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,621 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 7,700 feet
Top Elevation: 11,321 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; Alpentech Wasatch Touring Map 2; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Pine and Maybird Gulches

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