West Fk Blacks Fk - West Cirque

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Utah, United States, North America
Route Type:
Off-trail hiking
Time Required:
One to two days

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Created On: Apr 19, 2005
Last Edited On: Jun 2, 2005


West Cirque is well represented at this picture by Scott Patterson, with the ascent route going up the most prominent island of stunted evergreens on the left hand side:

We approached it from the headwaters of West Fork East Fork after being snowed out of an attempt on Wasatch. Please look other route's descriptions for the directions to the regular trailhead. Camped just N of the stream coming off the West Cirque

Route Description

The ascent route is briefly described in Kelsey's guidebook. We followed game trails on North above the stream gorge to the confluence of forks, then crossed and continued up between the steams, angling slightly left (N) towards the krummholz greenery on the talus slopes of the North-West saddle. Started ascending into the low clouds to the left of this gully:
, picking our way between the islands of evergreens, and trying to stay on the grass and between the talus fields once above the treeline, generally angling slightly to the East. Once you reach the saddle, the terrain becomes easier:

It is possible to save a few minutes by staying North of the ridge. The summit has a cairn and a log in a rustic, rusty cans, and even a flag.

Essential Gear

Finding the optimal route back is essential on this steep, off-trail route, and given the fickle nature of Uinta weather, a GPSr may come handy

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West Fk Blacks Fk - West Cirque

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