Argenta Slide Path

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

Argenta is a Wasatch classic offering fun tree skiing down a huge avalanche path.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
2.3 km
Ascent
2 m
Descent
1 km
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
3.2 km
Gradient
42˚
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Argenta Slide Path Map

Description

Park at the Argenta pull-out on the S side, 7.1 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon road. Cross the creek and skin up the huge Argenta slide path trending to the right. In the upper bowl head towards the W and gain the ridge, then follow this to the summit.

From the summit head N and E down the ridge. There are several excellent tree lined gullies you can choose from at this point. These will dump you down onto the lower slide path. From here enjoy the playful terrain and halfpipes that lead right back down to the road. The smaller trees are growing in pretty thick now and you can avoid some of them by ducking into the pines on either side of the run.

Another option for descent is backtracking on the skin track to the W ridge, and then dropping in through the steep pines into the main avalanche path.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

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

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

Features

  • Trees

Equipment required

  • Skins

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