Mill D North
Submitted By: Shumaker on December 15, 2012
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|Elevation Gain:||Varies but usually around 2K|
From the top of Agassiz the line descends to down the high alpine ridge to the east. Just short of the saddle it descends to the skiers right towards the south and town. This route then followes the avalanche path and drainage for long beautiful run. At the bottom you begin meandering right towards the Leroux fire scar. Once you hit Freidlein Prairie Road this is the end of the run and you follow the road to skiers right back to snowbowl road. This is a long run, make sure you carry a map. It flattens out at the end and you would like to get back to snowbowl road so you can get a ride back up to the ski area. Please also be advised that this is the ski run where the only Arizona avalanche fatality occured, be smart.[more]
Mill D North offers a wide variety of touring and is a popular destination on high avalanche days and for novices. There are plenty of single area tours available and some great circuits. Some more frequented areas in Mill D North are Tom's Hill, Reynold's Peak, Weathering Heights, Dog Lake, Wally's World, Rude Boys, Powder Park and Short Swing. Parking for Mill D North is at the Spruces Campground. This is a popular drainage on the weekends and the early bird gets the worm! (and a decent parking spot!). One will pass a few cabins at the beginning of this tour so please be respectful to property owners. High points, Reynolds Peak 9,422, Peak 9,990, Little Water 9,605.
How to Get There
From the electric sign in Big Cottonwood Canyon, head east up canyon for 11 miles to the Spruces Campground area (signed) on the south side of the road. Cross to the north side of the road to the always obvious skin track heading northwest towards the Mill D cabin community. There is always a skin track heading through the cabin community and past the green gate to the upper Mill D area.
Be respectful to local property owners in this area.
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