Untracked powder. Intermediate backcountry. 2.2 mile hike. Stunning views of Big Cottonwood Canyon.

If you want to escape the crowds and get in some nice powder, then a hike up Guardsman Pass is well worth the effort. To reach the trail, park on the side streets just below the gates to avoid the no parking signs and keep your tires just on the road to avoid getting stuck.

When you pack up your gear, try to keep the layers in your pack so you don't get too hot on the hike up. Once on your way up the options are either hike up the twisting road to the top or you can post-hole a straight line up through the powder (snowshoes or a splitboard can change that).

The great thing about hiking is you decide how many runs you want. And more importantly, afterward, you know you earned it.

Pack List

  • Snowboard, Splitboard, or Skis
  • Boots
  • Gloves
  • Snow clothing
  • Backpack
  • Helmet
  • Water
  • Snacks
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Activities Snowboarding, Skiing
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Winter
Features
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Forest
Scenic

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From McConkey's Lift

Ski off the back of Park City starting at the top of McConkey's lift. Ski down the run towards the west and dip off to the right under the ropes. All the way down to the road and ride the road all the way down the canyon towards Midway. A couple spots require poles or unstrapping if you're on a board. It's an easy run, imagine homerun just twice as long. Don't hop into the private hotsprings at the base of the canyon. The trespassing ticket is $600+ and cops constantly patrol around the property.

Lots of fun, bring good clothes and food.


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