Mount Raymond Approach

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

This it the easiest approach to Mount Raymond from Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
4.7 km
Ascent
1 km
Descent
98 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
3.1 km
Gradient
38˚
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Mount Raymond Approach Map

Description

Park 8.2 miles up the Big Cottonwood Canyon Road on the left side at the Butler Fork Trailhead. Follow the tight gully and the summer trail up and over the bridge. Just past the bridge you'll encounter a trail sign and or junction. From here head to the left up towards Circle All Peak. The trail switches back up through the aspen trees, or continues up the gully to the ridge. Once on the ridge head to the right/SW through the aspen grove. Drop down a little into the valley, or contour around the lower flanks of the mountain. Head for the large saddle between Gobblers Knob and Mount Raymond. Head to the W staying on the ridge for safest travel. It's a nice broad ridge until you get higher up, it gets rocky and covered in trees making it a little sporty to get all the way to the summit. Persevere and you'll find yourself with a great view standing on top of a great line!

Difficulty

Difficult

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

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.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

Features

  • Trees

Equipment required

  • Skins

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