Reynolds Peak East Face

Park City and Deer Valley

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

The East Face of Reynonlds Peak is a classic intermediate run in Big Cottonwood.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
4.2 km
Ascent
7 m
Descent
616 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
2.9 km
Gradient
35˚
Reynolds Peak East Face Map

The approach to Reynolds Peak is best accessed by parking at the Spruces Campground 9.7 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Cross the highway to the N side of the road and follow the Mill D North trail through the cabins and up the drainage. Branch to the left/W at the junction, you may or may not find a trail sign here. Work up the gully to the base of the peak, but don't go straight up the face, head to the N and work up through the trees, then traverse along the ridge to reach the summit.

Description

From the top of Reynolds peak you'll enter the East Face for some great turns on a wide open face in the upper thirty degrees. Be very careful about wind loading on this slope and make sure avalanche danger is low. The face is five to six hundred feet long before it benches out and rolls over again for a nice treed run until you hit the gully. Follow this down and out to the trail, and back down to the road.

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

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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