Days Fork offers amazing backcountry skiing for all skill levels. Its variety of steep chutes and excellent tree skiing make it the ultimate wilderness playground.

Days Fork is on the south side of Big Cottonwood Canyon behind the Spruces parking lot. The trail head begins on the south west corner of the parking lot. The approach to Days Fork is long, but gradual. Continue south along the skin track until you reach the end of the Days Fork Basin. Here you can make a right and head up the ridge line to Peak 10,561. From this peak you can either ski Upper Days to the skiers right, or traverse to skiers left and ski Main Days.

If you decide to keep left instead of going up the ridge line to the peak, you will be able to ski the main faces and chutes of Days Fork such as Jaws, Oingo Boingo, and Two Dogs. 

You're overall elevation gain is about 3,390 feet with a max elevation of 10,561. Skinning distance is about 3.2 miles from the Spruces parking lot to the top. 

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 3.2 Miles
Activities Snowboarding, Photography, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Autumn, Winter
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
River
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

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Backcountry Ski Short Swing, Mill D North

Drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon until you reach the Spruces Campground on the right. You will park here and prep your gear for the day.

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Hike Days Fork

To get to the trailhead drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon to Spruces Campground. Once in the parking lot, walk to the southwest corner of the parking lot and go up the road past the bathrooms.

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Hike from Mill D to Desolation Peak

Largely runnable trail up through pines and aspens with a few steep climbs. Incredible wildflowers. You can stop at Desolation Lake then continue up towards the ridge and up to Desolation Peak.

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