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5.8 mile 9.3 kilometer point to point
Ascent
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,919' 890 m
Descent: -346' -106 m
High: 8,466' 2,580 m
Low: 5,579' 1,700 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 11% (6°)
Max Slope: 53% (28°)
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Avalanche risk for Nov 26, 2017: Low

Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features. Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely.

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The Creme-de-la-creme of backcountry skiing in Bountiful Utah!

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Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
Please stay on the designated trail until you reach Rudy's Flat. Failing to do so may jeopardize our access to the trail.

Need to Know

It is possible to exit B-ridge by connecting to the Mueller Park Trail, then skinning this back to Rudy's Flat. This has some major disadvantages, however, to just going back the way you came along the ridge. First, it requires potentially unsafe traversals of avalanche-prone slopes. Second, it is far too easy to miss the Mueller Park Trail when it is buried in untracked snow. Third, if you go too far to the northwest, it will take longer to skin the Mueller Park Trail back to Rudy's Flat than it would to simply take that trail to the mouth of Mueller Park Canyon, at which point you'll need a ride.

Description

Essentially the north side of City Creek Canyon, from Rudy's Flat to Grandview Peak, Bountiful Ridge represents what may be the Creme-de-la-creme of back-country skiing in Bountiful Utah! As the beauty and accessibility of this place become more widely-known, it's becoming harder to get first tracks, especially along the ridge east of Black's Peak where Powder-Bird guides have historically tracked everything out for their clients. This withstanding, tours here still require enough effort to keep many people away, and Powder-Bird guides, so far, have left the ski terrain west of Black's Peak alone.

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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