Butler Fork

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Butler Fork

Submitted By: Shumaker on December 14, 2012

Administrator: Shumaker

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

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Massachusetts » Western Mass-Pioneer Valley

Brookfield Orchard Beginner Loop

This is an easy nordic tour that is about 3.5 miles around the orchard.  While there are some tougher trails, the general route is to start at the Toll Road towards the left, turn right onto Mac Run at the bottom of the hill. Follow the Old East Brookfield Road, then turn to follow Lincoln Road,   Cross over the road, get back on North Connector, go uphill and then turn onto Oak Run (which is the easiest trail). 

After you cross the road again, you will continue on Oak Run, follow the stone wall, get on Great Woods Trail (which is rated more difficult) and head across the open field (hay U) into the woods.  Take Fruit Loop around the upper orchard, and then get back on the North Connector Trail.  Stay on North Connector through the orchard, turn left onto Mac Run, and make the short ascent to the parking lot.

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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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