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Elevation: 7,076 ft
GPS: 40.632, -111.698 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Brian in SLC on Jan 11, 2011
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

Description

Mineral Fork is a less travelled canyon in Big Cottonwood Canyon and is located just up the road from the Mill B South Fork canyon (aka Lake Blanche Fork), and downhill from Cardiff Fork.

An old mining road travels near the mouth of the canyon for four, sometimes wet, switchbacks then up the length of the canyon, past the Wasatch Mine then up a zillion switchbacks to the Regulator Johnson Mine. The Wasatch Mine is three miles up canyon, Regulator Johnson 4.5 miles.

The canyon sees mostly hiking and ATV/dirt bike traffic in the summer, and, is the haunt of ski touring and snowshoeing folks in the winter. In the winter and spring, the avalanche hazard should be accessed as the canyon is known for avalanche fatalities.

Kessler Peak to the east, and the ridgeline above Lake Blanche bound the canyon.

Getting There

From the electronic sign at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, drive 5.7 miles and look on the right for a parking lot. This parking lot should be around a mile and a half past the S-curve.

There’s a large, black gate blocking vehicle access across the road. The Mineral Fork road crosses the creek and heads up towards the first switchback.

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