Kessler Peak Trail

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah

Elevation Gain2,715ft
Trailhead Elevation7,734ft
Elevation Min/Max7734/10377ft
Elevation Start/End7734/7734ft

Kessler Peak Trail

Kessler Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 7,734 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,715 feet. The trail ends near Kesler Peak (elevation 10,387 feet). This trail connects with the following: Mill D South Trail.

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"Mineral Fork sits between Mill B and Cardiff and has amazing, steep skiing when stable. Kessler Peak rises steeply from Big Cottonwood Canyon (BCC) and also boasts incredible terrain, when avalanche danger is moderate or low. Both areas have produced multiple fatalities, even in moderate hazard, and are expert touring areas with high consequences. Mineral Fork is often skied on bi-canyon tours from Alta via Cardiff Fork." Read more
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Jared Hargrave
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"Kessler Peak is one of the most visible mountains in the Wasatch, with tasty backcountry ski runs that can be spied right from the road in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Gods Lawnmower and the massive Argenta Slide Path, a 3000-foot vertical descent that’s a siren song for endurance-fueled backcountry skiers and snowboarders, are testament to the massive destruction an avalanche can cause. The mountain is also home to steep and technical tours like the East and West couloirs and can be linked with other popular runs in Cardiff Fork. The area is a favorite with dawn patrollers, and, as a result, there always seems to be a skin track in place. Of course, the slide paths and chutes are always avalanche prone, so Kessler Peak should only be skied when the snowpack is stable. Practice safe avalanche techniques and cross one at a time. Also, constantly assess avalanche danger with hand shear, pole, and shovel tests." Read more

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Trail Information

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Nearby City
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
USGS Mount Aire, Dromedary Peak; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing; Alpentech Wasatch Touring 1
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Dec 2018