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Thunder Ridge Approach

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

Thunder Ridge is not easy to get to, but it holds some of the greatest lines in the Wasatch. This is how to get there.

Ski Touring Difficult

1.6 km
290 m
425 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3.2 km
Thunder Ridge Approach Map

Park at the White Pine trailhead 4.6 miles up Little Cottonwood canyon on the right side of the road. From here follow the road/trail. At the first branch, head to the right as it contours around through the woods, and into the Red Pine canyon. Continue along the road grade and summer trail until you get to the bridge, then cross it. Head up to the ridge of the Maybird divide. Trend to the SW through the woods heading for the large ridge that divides Maybird and Hogum. Skin up towards the Obelisk on the ridge. From here you can ski down one of the many W facing chutes and this will put you near the base of many great lines like the Hypodermic Needle, Sliver and Dresden Face. Pick your poison and boot up it!



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.


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 June


  • Trees
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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