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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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Standing on top of Cardiff Peak looking towards Mt. Superior.
Aug 20, 2020 near Alta, UT
(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
Looking up towards Cardiff Peak from Cardiff Pass.
Aug 20, 2020 near Alta, UT

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