Greens Basin

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Greens Basin is a lovely meadow beneath slopes of huge evergreens that rise up from the canyon floor between Days Fork and Silver Fork. Driving up Big Cottonwood Canyon, you can see these well-spaced, powder-filled trees above the Spruces Campground. It is among this blanket of evergreens where good powder can be found long after a storm, thanks to ample shade and protection from the wind. A ski tour in Greens Basin makes for a fairly mellow day even though the basin rises 2200 vertical feet in 2.5 miles from the Spruces parking lot. This may sound like a big ascent, but the trail to the top is mostly low-grade and is protected from avalanche terrain.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Greens Basin is a lovely meadow beneath slopes of huge evergreens that rise up from the canyon floor between Days Fork and Silver Fork. Driving up Big Cottonwood Canyon, you can see these well-spaced, powder-filled trees above the Spruces Campground. It is among this blanket of evergreens where good powder can be found long after a storm, thanks to ample shade and protection from the wind. A ski tour in Greens Basin makes for a fairly mellow day even though the basin rises 2200 vertical feet in 2.5 miles from the Spruces parking lot. This may sound like a big ascent, but the trail to the top is mostly low-grade and is protected from avalanche terrain.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 2,199 feet
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 7,500 feet
Top Elevation: 9,699 feet
Additional Use: Camping
Local Maps: USGS Mount Aire; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing; Alpentech Wasatch Touring 1
Driving Directions: Directions to Greens Basin

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