Mill B South Fork

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Mill B South Fork is a massive drainage with tons of quality skiing, from headwalls, cirques, and slide paths. In the summer, the Lake Blanche Trail to the Sundial is one of the most popular hikes in the Central Wasatch as thousands of people ascend to the crystal waters of Lake Blanche. But in winter, upper Mill B South Fork is empty. Skiers and snowboarders simply don’t go there. There are reasons for this, the main point being that it’s hard to get to. A narrow trail from the Big Cottonwood Canyon side requires a long approach, while getting there from Little Cottonwood Canyon means traversing miles of ridgetops while bypassing world-class ski and snowboard terrain that will assuredly change your destination plans along the way. But if you do venture into this hidden gem, you’ll be rewarded with the dramatic sawtooth mountains of Sundial, Dromedary, and Monte Cristo along with a 100 percent chance of scoring fresh tracks in your own personal alpine paradise. Plus, Lake Blanche is an excellent spot for winter camping.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Mill B South Fork is a massive drainage with tons of quality skiing, from headwalls, cirques, and slide paths. In the summer, the Lake Blanche Trail to the Sundial is one of the most popular hikes in the Central Wasatch as thousands of people ascend to the crystal waters of Lake Blanche. But in winter, upper Mill B South Fork is empty. Skiers and snowboarders simply don’t go there. There are reasons for this, the main point being that it’s hard to get to. A narrow trail from the Big Cottonwood Canyon side requires a long approach, while getting there from Little Cottonwood Canyon means traversing miles of ridgetops while bypassing world-class ski and snowboard terrain that will assuredly change your destination plans along the way. But if you do
venture into this hidden gem, you’ll be rewarded with the dramatic sawtooth mountains of Sundial, Dromedary, and Monte Cristo along with a 100 percent chance of scoring fresh tracks in your own personal alpine paradise. Plus, Lake Blanche is an excellent spot for winter camping.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 9-10 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,450 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 6,200 feet
Top Elevation: 10,650 feet
Additional Use: Hiking, Camping
Local Maps: USGS Mount Aire, Dromedary Peak; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing; Alpentech Wasatch Touring 1
Driving Directions: Directions to Mill B South Fork

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