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

Featured Descent

Aladdin’s Coulior

From the drop in the route heads to the skiers right down a relatively wide chute, which bends left approximately half way down. There can be a short ice pitch on the lower part. Once out of the Couloir ski out of the corrie back to the ski area.

The intial slope is the steepest section and often corniced. The remainder is at less than forty degrees. An easier entrance can be had on the skiers left. A fall in the top section is ill advised as it could result in the skier tumbling down Aladdin's Mirror Direct.

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Details

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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