ElevationAscent: 2,919' 890 m
Descent: -346' -106 m
High: 8,466' 2,580 m
Low: 5,579' 1,700 m
GradeAvg Slope: 11% (6°)
Max Slope: 53% (28°)
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0.2 mi 0.4 km • -515 ft Descent • -157.01 m Descent
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0.3 mi 0.6 km • -623 ft Descent • -190.04 m Descent
Mark's Ghost Variation
0.1 mi 0.2 km • -245 ft Descent • -74.75 m Descent
Flap Doodle Run
0.2 mi 0.3 km • -245 ft Descent • -74.74 m Descent
Big Drop 1
1.1 mi 1.7 km • -1,884 ft Descent • -574.22 m Descent
Farmington Spine Run
0.4 mi 0.6 km • -542 ft Descent • -165.13 m Descent
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“The Creme-de-la-creme of backcountry skiing in Bountiful Utah!”— Spencer Parkin
The route outlined on the map is the most conservative approach I've found thus far in my travels here. It proceeds as follows.
Parking below the snow-plow turn-around at the end of Canyon Creek Drive, skin up the North Canyon Road, which eventually becomes a trail. Enjoy the trail as it travels through quaking aspens and dense evergreen forest until it eventually winds its way around to a well-known clearing called Rudy's Flat. This is a junction point where the North Canyon Trail, Mueller Park Trail, City Creek Canyon Connector, and the trail to Grandview Peak, all meet together. Take a moment to admire the beauty here, then leave the flat heading east through more evergreens toward Bountiful Ridge.
Emerging from the evergreens, this is where your route-finding skills for avalanche risk management, and for not getting lost, become essential. In order, as you skin the ridge west to east and south to north, you'll come across the following points of interest: Tele-Hill, Dead-Tree Peak, Rectangle Peak, Crescent Peak, Mark's Ghost Peak, Black's Peak, Flap-Doodle Peak and all the glorious bowls in between. Black's Peak is the cusp of the route shown, west of which lie the so-called Big-Drop runs, often overrun by Powder-Bird guides.
Generally, I ski the bowls north-west of B-ridge, (each of which has a wide range of aspects), and ascend the ridges connecting to each previously named peak along the main ridge. You'll get the most number of laps in if you think ahead and re-use your skin tracks wherever possible.
Note that aspects constantly change run-to-run, and mid-run. Keep this in mind when assessing avalanche risk.
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