Mill Creek Canyon
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Mill Creek Canyon
Submitted By: guest on January 18, 2011
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There are two major east facing bowls to descend along the north side of the ridge. They are pretty obvious to find. One drops from very near the summit down to 13,100'. The second begins just past the flat section of the ridge and drops to treeline at 11,600. You can avoid the lower bowl if desired and ski right down the ridge crest, but the bowl has better skiing. Just make sure you don't drop too low at the bottom, or you'll have to climb back to the trail.
From treeline, follow the trail back to your car. Do not ski to the south directly down the fall line to Blue Lakes Road, though this is tempting... you will be trespassing on private property.
The East Bowls are moderate in difficulty - about D3-D4. For more info on the D-system for rating ski descents, see here: http://www.wildsnow.com/articles/ratings/ski-board-d-rating-system.html. They are steep enough to slide, but are one of the safer spring ski descents. This route is not recommended in winter because it will most likely be wind scoured most of the time.[more]
Mill Creek Canyon is a very popular off-leash dog area. In the winter, cross country skiiers, snowshoers and hikers take advantage of the groomed road beyond the winter closure. This area can be rather crowded on a weekend.
Canyons accessed from Mill Creek provide skiing opportunities for you and your pup.
Mill Creek Canyon allows dogs, however, off-leash dogs are only permitted on odd days. Please respect this rule to protect one of the few off-leash areas in the Wasatch.
How to Get There
East on 3800 South (Mill Creek Canyon Road) from 3500 East (Wasatch Blvd.); Wasatch Cache National Forest, UT.