Maxfield Basin

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

Maxfield Basin is the fun steep terrain that runs off of the shoulder of Mount Raymond into the lower gully of Mill A.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
2.1 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
825 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
3 km
Gradient
39˚
Maxfield Basin Map

To access the Maxfield Basin, park and head up the Mill A North drainage, approximately 7 miles up the road in Big Cottonwood Canyon. This is a winding gully that works its way up towards Mount Raymond. Follow the gully for several miles until it widens up 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.

Description

From the high point on the ridgeline to Mount Raymond, this is a fun open slope in the upper thirty degree angle. There are fun tree lanes and ally's that work for hundreds of feet at a consistent pitch. Trend left and continue to descend staying on the left side of the creek as you get lower in the gulch. Continue following out the drainage until it connects with the Mill A gully, and ski all the way back to the road.

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
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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