Porter Fork Trail

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah

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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.
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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.
Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding, Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 3,574 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 5,959 feet
Top Elevation: 9,271 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Porter Fork Trail
Parks: Mount Olympus Wilderness Area
Elevation Min/Max: 5956/9271 ft
Elevation Start/End: 5959/5959 ft

Porter Fork Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"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."

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May 2018