Submitted By: Shumaker on December 15, 2012
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This is a tree run that is a little bit more open under the telegraph lines. The trees get a little bit tighter as you go farther to skiers right, but everything funnels back down to the large switchback at the bottom of Floral Park. There are downed trees and stumps, but no other major hazards there.[more]
Mineral Fork provides good access to some great skiing when the snow pack is stable. The east facing ridge and the upper bowl has been scenes of epic slides and casualties. Lines like the Room of Doom, Santiago Ridge, Moonlight and Highline are found here. Mineral is also a great place to escape the crowds. While you can acces this drainage from Little Cottonwood this description is from the Mineral Fork Trailhead in Big Cottonwood.
How to Get There
7 miles up Big Cottonwood is a plowed parking area on the south side of the road next to a metal gate. This gate is the beginning of the trail. Slide down a bit and cross the creek and begin hiking up the opposite side. This trail winds its way up into Mineral crossing several tributary creeks; depending on the snow coverage, temps, etc, you may need to remove your skis to cross these waterways. The route map attached is of Santiago Ridge.
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