Mill D North
Submitted By: Shumaker on December 15, 2012
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|Elevation Gain:||Varies but usually around 2K|
Nearly 3000' of skiing awaits those who put in the effort to climb to the top!!! The Silver couloir has been regarded by several (Lou Dawson - Wild Snow, Chris Davenport - 50 Classic Ski Descents of N. America) as one of N. America's classic lines. I have to say I agree. The couloir is very wide (narrow section is 50 feet??), moderately steep at around 40 degrees, and LONG!!![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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