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Mineral Fork Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 650,010,500'
Location: 40.632, -111.6979 View Map  Incorrect?
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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.

Climbing Season

For the Big Cottonwood Canyon area.

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching Mineral Fork Ice.

Mineral Fork Ice WI4-  Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : Mineral Fork Ice
With an approach taking way longer than the climbing, and, ice that is fickle, this transient ice route is an interesting diversion from the more classic and commonly done ice routes.Expect the ice to be not well attached as the route is exposed to the sun. Can use the rock to gain distance up the route should the ice be "interesting". An initial steep section rolls over to a short, low angle bowl which leads to another short, steep curtain. Longer than it looks. Several possible finishes av...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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