North East Ridge

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Utah, United States, North America
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Time Required:
Most of a day
Class 2-3 scrambling

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North East Ridge
Created On: Oct 17, 2003
Last Edited On: Jul 14, 2010


While most of the route is hiking to get to the ridge, the ridge itself is a knife edge that involves some scrambling. Usually this route is done from Porter/Bowman Fork or Butler Fork.

Bowman Trail:
4 miles 1 way,
4,000 foot elevation gain.
Trail starts from the Terraces Picnic Area which is on the south, 4.7 miles up Mill Creek Canyon. Drive across the bridge (losed in the winter), take the right branch at the top of the hill, and park near the end of the road. Take off hiking along the Bowman Fork stream. Eventually the trail climbs out of the canyon and traverses over to Porter Fork, ending in a traverse across open slopes near the saddle. This is a great spot for skiing and a a prime location for avalanches. In the winter a trail compacted through the snow leads most of the way up. Overall, this this trail is very popular for backcountry skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

Butler Fork:
Park at the Butler Fork trailhead, which is just across the road from Reynolds Flats in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The trail is 4.1 miles and gains 3,041 feet

Mt Raymond as seen from the...

Route Description

"At Baker Pass there is a 4-way intersection. The trail up Bowman Fork and Millcreek approaches from the north. To the east is the west ridge route to Gobbler's Knob. To the west is the route to Mount Raymond. And, from the south is the intersection with Desolation trail and it's connection with the Butler Fork approach." - rmjwinters

From Butler Pass, turn west and head up a faint trial that sticks to the ridgeline. Eventually the trail fades and the route drops a little to the north side of the ridge. The top of the ridge is gained again shortly before the summit.

Essential Gear

Winter: Ice axe, avalanche safety gear. Snowshoes or skiis.