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    Deseret Peak Twin Couloirs Ski Mountaineering

    My wife and I skied the north-facing Twin Couloirs on Deseret Peak in June 2010. Visible from I80, these 1000' shots often hold good snow into the summer months. Deseret Peak is located in the Stanisbury Mountains west of Salt Lake City.

    Entering the Wilderness
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    My wife packing skis on the lower portions of the route
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    The Objective, the Twin Couloirs
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    Steep skinning on the apron
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    Just below the western Twin
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    The belly of the beast (western Twin)
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    On top and in the middle of the Twins
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    The reward! Skiing the steeper, tighter eastern Twin.
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    Our signatures
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    Me running across a creek at the end of the day (no, running doesn't make you any less wet).
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    Powder, I've been impressed with your recent TRs and photos - thanks for sharing!

    Deseret peak - one I've planned for many years (to hike, that is) but have never done it. Maybe this year? Hmm
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    jman - thanks, I've been enjoying reading others' TR and seeing photos, so I thought I'd contribute a bit.

    Deseret Peak wilderness is wonderful and the summit view is really stunning. If you have the gear to climb easy snow, using the route I did above puts you about 300' below the summit.

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    Wow, fantastic!

    Haven't skied out there in years. I hear they close the gate lower down now during winter.

    Great shots!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian in SLC View Post
    Wow, fantastic!

    Haven't skied out there in years. I hear they close the gate lower down now during winter.

    Great shots!
    Yep they do, adds a bit of distance to the hike,

    In June 2010 my wife and I went up there and got stormed out, luckly we came down as just after we came out of the narrows they closed the road as they expected the runoff to wash out the road, and it did and they didn't have the road open again until August of 2010...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DOSS View Post
    Yep they do, adds a bit of distance to the hike,

    In June 2010 my wife and I went up there and got stormed out, luckly we came down as just after we came out of the narrows they closed the road as they expected the runoff to wash out the road, and it did and they didn't have the road open again until August of 2010...
    We must have skied it a few days prior to that, because right after our trip I noticed that the road closed again for the summer because of flooding. The road was also closed until about a week prior to our trip. Pretty lucky to grab a nice weather day in that short window. The extra distance might make that ski an overnighter or a really crazy day.
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    Great stuff man. That's a cool looking chute!


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    killer TR. nice work.

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    Nice. Keep the TR's coming.

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    Deseret peak is really a awesome place...i think i should go there... absolutely i like to visit ice place and deseret peak is that types of place..thanks for sharing...

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