Storm Mountain looks very prominent from here. Great view of the upper part of Stairs Gulch.
Thanks! From the main road in Big Cottonwood Canyon, the view of Storm Mountain is absolutely neck-bending (looking up at Willard Spires in the North is the only other place in the Wasatch I can think of that also gains at least 3,000 feet in such a short distance). The Mule Hollow trail has great views of Storm Mountain, despite being quite overgrown after this point (we didn't get much further than this).
very impressive face of solid granite has
harbored many avalanches over the years ??
It looks like it would be, but I think the granite/quartzite slopes are steeper than ones where prime avalanche conditions are found (35 to 40 degree incline). I could be wrong though, since I'm not sure which parts of Big Cottonwood Canyon have the most avalanches. I know the Tanners Gulch area in Little Cottonwood Canyon has occasional avalanches that cover the main road.
Would be nice if somebody put together an
"active avalanche track map" for Little
Cottonwood & Big Cottonwood Canyons.
I know for a fact that avalanches do occur on
the upper end of South Willow Canyon in
Utah's awesome Stansburys.