Whipple Approach

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

To access the Whipple Couloir you head up Neff's Canyon and branch up Thomas Fork until you hit the upper ridge

Ski Touring Moderate

Distance
4.3 km
Ascent
1.1 km
Descent
25 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.9 km
Gradient
34˚
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Whipple Approach Map

Description

To access the Whipple Couloir, park at the Neff's Canyon trailhead in Mount Olympus Cove. From here follow the road grade up into the canyon, stay left at the first branch, and you'll be heading E on a well travelled trail. The trail is narrow and treed, but pops out into an opening. Here you will branch to the right into the thick woods, and follow the trail as it winds up through the N fork of Neffs. This trail sticks to a ridgeline until it gets into the upper reaches of the canyon. Take a left in the upper bowl and stay in the trees until you top out on a minor peak. Continue to the ridge, and double back a few hundred feet and drop down the ridge to find the entrance to the Whipple Couloir.

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

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