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PoleLine Pass / Cardiff Pass

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (4)

One of the most traveled uphill tracks in Little Cottonwood Canyon.


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1.5

Miles

2.3

KM

Ascent

10,004' 3,049 m

High

8,654' 2,638 m

Low

1,370' 418 m

Up

20' 6 m

Down

18%

Avg Slope (10°)

29%

Max Slope (16°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
Can be closed for avalanche control work from UDOT / Alta / Snowbird - check Utah Avalanche Center prior.

Description

As simple as following the power lines "Pole Lines" - as they are situated along one of safest approach routes. (weather conditions permitting - ie wind loading & uphill instabilities)

Usually takes about 45minutes to climb, and 99% of the time there is at least one previously put in track.

From the top there are a lot of options: the most obvious, Cardiff Bowl (South E facing), around Cardiff peak to gain Superior's ridge line where you can drop off the South side of Superior to access: Hell Gate, Two Trees, Little Superior, Superior proper & Monte Cristo - also options to work towards Mineral Fork & the Mill B South Fork drainages . Or climb and drop off the North side of the ridge to access: Cardiac Bowl, Room of Doom, Ivory Flakes and work your way down Cardiff Fork toward Big Cottonwood.

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(left) top of Cardiff Pass (right) heading up
Mar 24, 2015 near Alta, UT
Toledo Chute from Alta Ski Area
Apr 1, 2015 near Alta, UT

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