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:
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Avalanche Resources:
Snowmobile Access: No
Approach Difficulty: Moderate

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Colorado » Front Range

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One of my favorite lines in the front range with lots of options.  You can ski the couloir between the double summits for a nice 40 degree pitch with rock wall on either side. 
You can also ski the Northeast face.  Not sure on the slope angle but it is a open face with limited exposure. 
You can ski the South East face for a more mellow descent (better if you started at Butler Gultch) with amazing terrain and small playful features all the way down. 
**Take all necessary avalanche precautions.  It is not uncommon to get a lot of wind loading in this area due to its proximity to the divide.**

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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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