Twin Peaks Approach

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

The approach to Twin Peaks heads up Broads Fork to gain this iconic peak and it's many great ski lines.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
5.7 km
Ascent
1.6 km
Descent
54 m
Duration
5-6 hrs
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
48˚
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Description

Park 4.3 miles up the Big Cottonwood canyon road. Find the Broad Fork trailhead that starts right out of the SW corner of the parking lot. This trail winds through the woods, over a bridge, and then opens up as you gain the upper canyon. Continue through the heart of the valley in the aspen trees. You'll pop out into the upper alpine at the base of Bonkers run, near the beaver ponds. Advance up the center of the drainage aiming for Dromedary Peak. You'll gain more elevation and then in the very upper basin you'll cross underneath Twin Peaks E Face that is off to your right. Continue past this face and aim for the saddle to the S. You'll gain the ridge here and carry on up through some fun rock scrambling until you finally reach the summit. From here you have incredible options to ski and great views.

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, June

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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