Firing Squad Approach

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

To access the Firing Squad follow this route up Mill B South Fork past the lakes and onto the summit.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
5.8 km
Ascent
1.5 km
Descent
6 m
Duration
5-6 hrs
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
41˚
Firing Squad Approach Map

To approach the Firing Squad, park at the "S Curves" in Big Cottonwood Canyon and hike up the road along the creek to the Mill B trailhead. From here follow the summer trail up the drainage through the aspens on the E side of the creek. This trail sees lots of traffic so it's most likely a well trodden path at least up until the lakes. From the lakes you'll want to head SW up the undulating rolling hills until you reach the upper basin. From here you should be able to see the summit, and wind your way through the cliffs and benches that lead to the peak. This is a large avalanche prone slope, so make sure conditions are solid. Gain the summit and find your way into the line.

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, June

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons

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