Butler Fork

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Butler Fork

Submitted By: Shumaker on December 14, 2012

Administrator: Shumaker

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Starting Elevation: 7100
Elevation Gain:
Total Distance:
Avalanche Resources:
Snowmobile Access: No
Approach Difficulty: Moderate

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It is a steep face with lots of big trees up top.  Down towards the bottom, there are some drainages and a lot of thicket that you will have to battle through.  Just remember that just because there are tracks, they are not necessarily going the right way.

Due to the illegal cutting of trees, there is a large scar that looks like it would be perfect to ski, but is off-limits to skiers.

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Butler Fork provides some great access to a mix of quick tours and remote areas. Circle Awl Peak is the go to spot for high avalanche days and your dawn patrol outings. For longer all day tours, head up towards Gobbler's Knob and Mount Raymond for protected powder, big drops and more solitude. It is easy to do a bi-canyon tour and stash a car at the Porter Fork Trailhead in Mill Creek Canyon.The Butler Fork parking lot is somewhat small and fills rapidly at 5:30am on powder days and high avy days. There are other pull outs on the south side of the road; respect all UDOT posted signs when conducting avalanche control work.

How to Get There

Drive 10 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon to the plowed north shoulder. There is a Forest Service sign here marking Butler Fork.

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