Mineral Fork

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Mineral Fork is historically famous for the once-bustling Wasatch and Regulator Johnson mines, whose crumbling infrastructure are popular sites for summer hikers and mountain bikers. But winter belongs to backcountry skiers and splitboarders, and that’s when the canyon becomes a playground for those looking to escape crowds found in the upper Cottonwood Canyons. The approach from the highway is long, but it rewards touring parties with steep terrain and relentless views. Upper Mineral Fork (a.k.a. the Room of Doom) is fraught with dangerous avalanche potential, but lower reaches have anchored, wooded glades that can be skied during unstable periods. The route starts out with a few switchbacks, and then becomes more level when it reaches the canyon proper. You’ll skin through thick aspen forest for about 2 miles until the foliage opens up, offering your first glimpse of the huge terrain you can ski in Mineral Fork.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Mineral Fork is historically famous for the once-bustling Wasatch and Regulator Johnson mines, whose crumbling infrastructure are popular sites for summer hikers and mountain bikers. But winter belongs to backcountry skiers and splitboarders, and that’s when the canyon becomes a playground for those looking to escape crowds found in the upper Cottonwood Canyons. The approach from the highway is long, but it rewards touring parties with steep terrain and relentless views. Upper Mineral Fork (a.k.a. the Room of Doom) is fraught with dangerous avalanche potential, but lower reaches have anchored, wooded glades that can be skied during unstable periods. The route starts out with a few switchbacks, and then becomes more level when it reaches the canyon proper. You’ll skin through thick aspen forest for about 2 miles until the foliage opens up, offering your first glimpse of the huge terrain you can ski in Mineral Fork.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 3,481 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 7,000 feet
Top Elevation: 10,481 feet
Additional Use: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Local Maps: USGS Mount Aire, Dromedary Peak; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing; Alpentech Wasatch Touring 1
Driving Directions: Directions to Mineral Fork

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Apr 2018