“A skin through beautiful aspens and evergreens to the best touring spot in Bountiful.”
— Spencer Parkin
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
Need to Know
Note that aspects are constantly changing in this area. An analysis of the snow pack in one location will not generalize very far. Listen to what the snow is trying to tell you on the way up.
Also, watch out for moose. Respect that this is their habitat, and you're there to visit. Don't scare the moose away. They need to conserve their energy.
Be aware that crazy people attempt to 4x4 up North Canyon as far into the backcountry as they can, even in the middle of winter, even after a crazy snow storm. The trail to Rudy's allows motorcycles in summer.
Rudy's Flat is a starting point for what may be the best BC skiing in Bountiful, Utah. From this flat you can gain Bountiful Ridge in a number of different ways depending on which one of the many runs off of this ridge you want to do. One notable run is called "Rectangle Run" because it skis down an approximate clearing bordered by trees forming a rectangular out-line. Locals have given many different names to the runs, chutes, and bowls up above Rudy's.
You can follow Bountiful Ridge all the way to Grand-View Peak, and there are runs dropping off the north, northwest, south, and southeast sides of the ridge the whole way. In some cases, you'll follow the drainage until you meet up with the Mueller Park Trail, and then take this back to Rudy's Flat for another go. Be sure to watch carefully for this trail; it is easy to miss when buried in untracked snow.
The Powder-Bird Guides (Heli-Skiing) call the area above Rudy's Flat: "Bountiful Session's Mountains," but this may be in error. The mountain range on the north side of Mueller Park canyon is certainly Session's Mountains.
Skinning up the trail at the end of North Canyon drive to Rudy's Flat is the quickest approach. Mueller Park Trail is another option, but it is much longer. The trail to Rudy's from City Creek Canyon is not accessible in winter.
When ready to head home, rip the skins off, but keep your bindings in skinning mode. This is the easiest way to get down the trail, which can be skied in its entirety all the way back to your car under the right conditions.
Be aware that the head of Mueller Park Canyon is private property. The owners (Hardscrabbles) do not take kindly to trespassers. Nevertheless, the GWT, passing through their property, is a right of way.