Porter Fork

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Backcountry skiing in Mill Creek Canyon doesn’t get much more accessible than Porter Fork. Sure, many classic tours in Mill Creek exist at higher elevations, but those ascents usually start in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Along with the main drainage, Porter Fork contains several side-canyons that have skiable terrain, but this route focuses on Main Porter Fork. Around Porter Fork Pass and Point 9661, you can find powder-protecting evergreens, low-angle meadows, and steep headwalls. The western cirque below Point 9776 has challenging steeps in avalanche terrain. Overall, you can expect to see fewer people in the skin track than at other Wasatch backcountry zones, but all this comes at a price as the approach is a bit long from Mill Creek Canyon Road.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Backcountry skiing in Mill Creek Canyon doesn’t get much more accessible than Porter Fork. Sure, many classic tours in Mill Creek exist at higher elevations, but those ascents usually start in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Along with the main drainage, Porter Fork contains several side-canyons that have skiable terrain, but this route focuses on Main Porter Fork. Around Porter Fork Pass and Point 9661, you can find powder-protecting evergreens, low-angle meadows, and steep headwalls. The western cirque below Point 9776 has challenging steeps in avalanche terrain. Overall, you can expect to see fewer people in the skin track than at other Wasatch backcountry zones, but all this comes at a price as the approach is a bit long from Mill Creek Canyon Road.

© 2015 Jared Hargrave/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 3,776 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 6,000 feet
Top Elevation: 9,776 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mount Aire; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing; Alpentech Wasatch Touring 1
Driving Directions: Directions to Porter Fork

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