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Ascent from Y Mountain TH in Slide Canyon along the "Hike the Y Trail" to the summit of Maple Mountain at 9,088 feet.

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8,931' 2,722 m


5,158' 1,572 m


3,774' 1,150 m


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This ascent description starts at Bear Flats. Bear Flats is easily accessed with a two-hour hike starting at the trailhead of the "Hike the Y Trail". You'll hike up the famous switchbacks to the Y, and at the top of the Y, start on the USFS trail headed towards Slide Canyon. That trail will work its way across the mountain and then up the canyon through a couple switchbacks, until you'll pop out in Bear Flats.

Bear Flats is hard to miss; it's the big meadow in the middle of the canyon, and the trail runs right through it. By my own experience, the snow up there is never deep enough to justify transitioning below Bear Flats. My recommendation is to stick your skis/snowboard in your pack, and wear hiking boots up the trail until you reach the Flats, and then transition to touring mode, leaving your hiking boots here for your return.

From Bear Flats, skin up the trail as it works its way up Slide Canyon. Enjoy the views here; the slope is mild and the scenery is pretty. You'll follow a nice trail through a thin aspen forest. This section between Bear Flats and Apache Flats would be a pleasant low-angle run for timid or newbie skiers.

As you approach Apache flats near the top of Slide Canyon, appreciate the views of the imposing Lions Head Mountain ahead of you to the east as it blocks the views of Provo Peak above. I think Lions Head would be great skiing; you'll have to decide for yourself when you see it.

You'll find yourself in Apache Flats, the second meadow you'll travel through. Somewhat smaller than Bear Flats, Apache Flats feels like you are in the palm of Old Man Winter himself as you observe yourself surrounded by white, snowy mountains. You'll see Lions Head to the east, Lions Tail to the northeast, Y Mountain to the northwest, and Maple Mountain everywhere west to south.

From Apache Flats, search out a road carved into the side of Maple Mountain headed east. This road was a preliminary work for a Heritage Mountain/Seven Peaks Ski Resort up here. It was never to be. You'll enjoy the snow instead!

Follow the road as it leads around the mountain with a gentle slope. You'll see beautiful pine forests on all sides as you make your way around the mountain. At its northernmost point, when the road is about to curve back towards the south, leave the road and head straight uphill. It is steep; kick-stomp and switchback up until you can follow the ridge. Make your up the ridge until you hit the summit!


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Josh Martineau

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Amazing views from the West summit. You're looking at Utah Lake on the left, Provo/Orem below.
Aug 26, 2021 near Provo, UT
Skiing up through the thin aspen forest between Bear Flats and Apache Flats.
Aug 26, 2021 near Provo, UT
Skinning up the North ridge of Maple Mountain, just after getting off the ski resort road. The ridge slope becomes more manageable as you put distance between you and that road.
Aug 26, 2021 near Provo, UT
Skinning up the ridge just over halfway up. The ridge was pleasant travel, with just the right slope.
Aug 26, 2021 near Provo, UT
Looking downhill along the ridge we were skinning up. Lions Tail on the right, Cascade Mountain behind.
Aug 26, 2021 near Provo, UT
Lots of snow. This is a big snowfield, just 100 vertical feet from the summit. Anybody know those tracks?
Aug 26, 2021 near Provo, UT



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