Mineral Fork is a hiking and biking trail in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 6,784 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,309 feet. The trail ends near the Wasatch Mine (elevation 8,668 feet) quarry.
Mineral Fork Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Jared Hargrave, Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
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