Sugarloaf Mountain Snowshoe

Date of trip: 05/20/2018

Mileage: 4.7 Miles

Elevation Gain: 2400 Feet

Time: 4 Hour(s) and 06 Minutes

Class: 2

Partners: N/A

GPS Track: View Here

Peaks Climbed on Trip:
Peak Name Elevation Prominence Range Close to County highpoint Range highpoint Map
Sugarloaf Mountain11051551WasatchDraper, UtahNoNo40.5659, -111.6248

Trip Report

I had to run to Utah to support a friend again. This was just a quick overnight trip, but I built some time into the schedule for a 4 or 5 hour trip into the mountains. I wanted to get some elevation and started looking at the ski areas. Alta Ski Resort had a couple of peaks with trip stats that fit into my time frame... it was decided.

I arrived at the ski lodge parking lot at 7:15am. It was a clear and cool morning, with frost on the windows of the cars in the lot that had stayed overnight. I wasn't sure what to expect with the crowd, but I certainly wasn't alone, as about 5 backcountry skiers left at the same time I did. I was on snowshoes, but kept up with most of them. All of them were quite chatty and friendly.

As I headed up the initial 500 feet, it was shaded, cool, breezy, and quite boring on a steep ski run. Eventually, as I was about to break out into the sun, I saw a moose on the ski run in front of me. If I was 5 minutes quicker, I would have had amazing photos (or been gored). I was fortunate to capture it in a few photos though.

From higher up on the mountain, I had a great view of Mount Baldy. Despite a 50% chance of showers, the sky was perfectly blue. I was stoked to be up in the high mountains on such a nice day.

I continued to following the run, watching people skiing down the numerous couloirs on Mount Baldy.

I finally hit a saddle near the top of the Collins Lift. This then led to a cat track that got me to the saddle between Sugarloaf Peak and Mount Baldy. The terrain was awesome up here!

A LOT of people all converged on the saddle at the same time. One kid was 9 years old and was about to ski down... very cool! I knew I only had time for one peak. From the saddle it looked like Mount Baldy had a transition from snow to rock, back to snow... each change of snowshoes is a bit time consuming, so I picked Sugarloaf Mountain. It had solid snow until the last 100 feet.

The scramble up Sugarloaf went well and soon I was checking out views of the surrounding Wasatch Mountains. Although a few clouds were forming, it was still sunny, not windy, but cold enough that the snow stayed hard. I never did punch through the snow (even in the non-groomed terrain).

Great day in the mountains and very cool to hit a high peak like that only 30 minutes drive from the hotel!


Getting There

Not hard... basically punch "Alta Ski Resort" into your Google Maps and go!


Hiking Directions

I started hiking up straight from the Alta Ski Lodge. I pretty much just followed the main blue ski run in Collins Gulch. This leads to the base of Mount Baldy, before turning east and switchbacking to a ridge. It then traverses to the 10,600 foot saddle between Mount Baldy and Sugarloaf Mountain.

From the saddle, Sugarloaf Mountain is an easy scramble.


Photos

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Sugarloaf Mountain from the road
Sugarloaf Mountain from the road
Moose on the loose!
Moose on the loose!
Skier in a chute on Mount Baldy
Skier in a chute on Mount Baldy
Mount Baldy
Mount Baldy
Mount Baldy (again)
Mount Baldy (again)
Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain
Mount Baldy with Mount Superior in the background
Mount Baldy with Mount Superior in the background
Twin Peaks (American Fork)
Twin Peaks (American Fork)
Mount Timpanogos
Mount Timpanogos
Glad they told me where to take the photo, I was confused
Glad they told me where to take the photo, I was confused




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