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Middle Cottonwood Trail

Bridger Bowl

South Bridgers

Trail to Access West Side of Bridgers from Saddle to Bridger and Baldy Peaks

Ski Touring Easy

5.9 km
935 m
56 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
2.5 km
Middle Cottonwood Trail Map

This is a popular ski touring route which is generally considered to be easy. It's very remote, it features low exposure (e1) and is typically done between November and April. From a low point of 1.6 km to the maximum altitude of 2.5 km, the route covers 5.9 km, 935 vertical metres of ascent and 56 vertical metres of descent. It's graded 1.1 and Labande grade 1. You'll need skins to complete it safely.


Middle Cottonwood trail is about 4 miles to a shoulder on the South side of South Saddle Peak. It is rockier than Truman, and crosses the creek many times. There is good skiing in the upper reaches of the trail.



Wide gentle slopes at around 20 degrees or less.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

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.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between November and April


  • Trees
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins