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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Arizona » Kachina Peaks

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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.

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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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