Backcountry Ski Beartrap Fork

Bear Trap Fork

Beartrap Fork is an excellent Wasatch backcountry tour with relatively low avalanche hazard. This is because of the amount of pines and aspens that cover the landscape. Beartrap will not disappoint on a powder day.

You can access the trailhead to Beartrap by driving up Big Cottonwood Canyon 10.4 miles and parking on the right side of the road. You will see the "Bear Trap Fork Rd" sign on the left side of the road, this is where the trailhead begins. Make your way up the skin track through the dense aspens until you reach the fork in the trail. Here you can either make a right and make your way up to the top of Beartrap Aspens, or you can keep left along the bottom of the gully. If you continue left, you will eventually come to Beartrap Glades on your right or Beartrap West to your left. Overall elevation gain is about 2,016 feet, taking you to a max elevation of 9,871 feet.

Make sure to check to avalanche forecast for the day before you ever travel in the backcountry. Know before you go!

Pack List

  • Backcountry Skis/Split Board with touring skins
  • Boots
  • Puffy Jacket
  • Shell
  • Snow pants
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Avalanche Beacon
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Avalanche Shovel
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Snack
  • Water
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RT Distance 4 Miles
Elevation Gain 2016 Feet
Activities Snowboarding, Photography, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Autumn, Winter
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking


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Safe, fun slopes

If I'm alone and the snow is good, this is my go-to spot for solitary powder runs through the aspen groves. There is a low risk of avalanches here.

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