Porter Fork Trail

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah

Elevation Gain3,574ft
Trailhead Elevation5,959ft
Elevation Min/Max5956/9271ft
Elevation Start/End5959/5959ft

Porter Fork Trail

Porter Fork Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and Mount Olympus Wilderness Area. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 5,959 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,574 feet. This trail connects with the following: Desolation Trail.

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Backcountry Skiing Utah (Falcon Guides)
Tyson Bradley
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"Porter Fork offers moderate, wind-protected skiing in mostly wooded terrain. A long, safe, quiet skin past cabins and through the woods brings you to a wide variety of north- and east-facing runs. The home run, West Porter Fork, is a classic slide-path falling directly to the approach trail, just south of the highest cabins." Read more
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Jared Hargrave
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"Backcountry skiing in Mill Creek Canyon doesn’t get much more accessible than Porter Fork. Sure, many classic tours in Mill Creek exist at higher elevations, but those ascents usually start in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Along with the main drainage, Porter Fork contains several side-canyons that have skiable terrain, but this route focuses on Main Porter Fork. Around Porter Fork Pass and Point 9661, you can find powder-protecting evergreens, low-angle meadows, and steep headwalls. The western cirque below Point 9776 has challenging steeps in avalanche terrain. Overall, you can expect to see fewer people in the skin track than at other Wasatch backcountry zones, but all this comes at a price as the approach is a bit long from Mill Creek Canyon Road." Read more

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Trail Information

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Olympus Wilderness Area
Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District, (801) 943-1794 Utah Avalanche Center, (888) 999-4019, ext. 1; Dawn Patrol, ext. 8 Utah Mountain Adventures (ski guiding and avalanche education), (801) 550-3986 Wasatch Powderbird Guides, (801) 742-2800
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Aire; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing; Alpentech Wasatch Touring 1
Local Maps

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Dec 2018