This is the most direct and safest way to access the top of Icefall run on Red Baldy

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Exposure

Exposure

The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.

Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.

Medium Exposure (E2)As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Description

Park at the White Pine trailhead on the S side of the road in upper Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Follow the trail/road that switches back and enters the upper valley.

Continue straight up the middle of the drainage winding through trees heading toward Red Baldy.

You can hit the gully in the center of the canyon, or stick to the trees on the left.

This will deposit you at the base of the huge N facing slope of Red Baldy.

This can be a tricky slope to ascend without exposing yourself to avalanche danger, so make sure conditions are good.

Zig-zag up the lower slopes and gain the ridge on the left (E) side as soon as possible.

Work up the ridge until you reach the divide.

You'll be able to look down the slope to the S and find a good entry into the Icefall run.