The White Pine Trailhead is an official trailhead that is open year-round. It is used to access the White Pine, Red Pine, Maybird, and Hogum drainages on the north side of the Alpine Ridge for summer hikes, winter backcountry skiing, or year-round mountaineering. The trailhead is paved and has a pit toilet.
This access is extremely popular amongst peak-baggers and backcountry skiiers. Not only does it access 8 of the Wasatch 11'ers, but it is also the starting or ending point of two major ridgerun routes - the Bullion Divide and the Beatout. The trailhead provides the easiest access to the most remote parts of the Wasatch within Hogum Fork and Dry Fork, which also have some of the best and least-tracked skiing lines in the central Wasatch!
Online Directions. Click and drag the starting point marker if you want to change the directions to start at a new location.
Take the 6200 South exit (exit #6) off I-215 and follow highway 190 south-east approximately 2 miles to the intersection with Big Cottonwood Canyon road. Continue straight through the stoplight and follow the road another 4 miles to the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, where an electronic billboard on the right provides current road and/or weather conditions.
Drive 5.5 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon (0.7 miles before Snowbird Ski Resort) approximately 30 min from Salt Lake City. There are signs marking the turnoff on the south side of the road for the trailhead parking lot. The turnoff is just past a turn in the road and is easy to miss. The turnoff for the Tanner's Flat campground is passed first, and then begin slowing down once you see the "White Pine Slide Area" sign.
Stats are from trailhead to turnoff, end of trail, or summit.
First summit typically climbed to offically start the route. Stats are measured assuming this variation.
Others summits that are commonly used to start the route.
Additional summit(s) typically climbed via this route from the trailhead.
"May your trails be crooked,winding,lonesome,dangerous,leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells,past temples and castles and poet's towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkey's howl,through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock,blue mesas,domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches,where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you- beyond the next turning of the canyon walls."