Castle Peak Yurt

Kamas, Utah

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The Castle Peak Yurt, operated by White Pine Touring in Park City; is my favorite winter shelter in all of Utah. On the surface it looks just like any other Utah yurt, but with one exception: it has a wood-fired sauna. While the ability to ease your tired muscles in a sauna is reason enough to book a trip to the yurt, the mountains that surround the place aren’t half bad either. Two peaks with skiable terrain lie a short day tour north of the yurt—Castle Peak and a mountain known only as Duke. Both rise above 10,000 feet and offer short but steep lines on northwest- and southeast-facing aspects. Spring is the best time to visit, as the Uinta Mountains have a fussy snow-pack and anything above tree line is highly avalanche prone here. But if you happen to plan a trip to Castle Peak during high avalanche danger, you can always play it safe and hang out in the sauna.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

The Castle Peak Yurt, operated by White Pine Touring in Park City; is my favorite winter shelter in all of Utah. On the surface it looks just like any other Utah yurt, but with one exception: it has a wood-fired sauna. While the ability to ease your tired muscles in a sauna is reason enough to book a trip to the yurt, the mountains that surround the place aren’t half bad either. Two peaks with skiable terrain lie a short day tour north of the yurt—Castle Peak and a mountain known only as Duke. Both rise above 10,000 feet and offer short but steep lines on northwest- and southeast-facing aspects. Spring is the best time to visit, as the Uinta Mountains have a fussy snow-pack and anything above tree line is highly avalanche prone here. But if you happen
to plan a trip to Castle Peak during high avalanche danger, you can always play it safe
and hang out in the sauna.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Kamas
Distance: 5-10 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,834 feet
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4-5 hours
Season: Spring
Trailhead Elevation: 7,400 feet
Top Elevation: 10,234 feet
Local Maps: USGS Hoyt Peak, Erickson Basin
Driving Directions: Directions to Castle Peak Yurt

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