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Heart of Darkness Approach

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

The approach to Heart of Darkness follows the summer trail in Mill B south then heads into the upper W branch.

Ski Touring Moderate

5.3 km
1.1 km
66 m
4-5 hrs
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
3.3 km
Heart of Darkness Approach Map

Park at the S curves 4.2 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon on the S side of the road. From here follow the creek to the E then follow the summer trail into Mill B S drainage. This heads up for several miles through aspen groves until you hit the lakes. From the lakes branch to the E/left and continue staying to the left most branch until it terminates in the uppermost cirque. From here you'll see the deep gash that's formed by the Heart of Darkness. Head to the left putting in the skin track to the ridge and then traverse to the top of the chute.



Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

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.


4 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between January and May


  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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