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Maxfield Approach

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

The approach to Maxfield takes you through some fun and unique terrain on the way to a great classic Wasatch powder run.

Ski Touring Difficult

3.2 km
895 m
19 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
3 km
Maxfield Approach Map

Approximately 7 miles up the road in Big Cottonwood Canyon, park and head up the Mill A North drainage. This is a winding gully that works its way up towards Mount Raymond. Follow the gully for several miles until it widens and opens up. From here cut off to the left/W and head towards the ridge. Once you're on the ridge continue working your way along until you top out above Maxfield Basin.



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.


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between January and May


  • Trees
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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