Beginner terrain that is good as you develop your backcountry skills and when the avalanche danger is higher. Click for details.
Intermediate terrain that requires more experience in skinning and skiing. Click for details.
Advanced terrain that requires strong skiing and skinning skills. Click for details.
Expert terrain that is challenging and a small mistake can have serious consequences. Click for details.
Extreme terrain that includes insanely difficult chute skiing and beyond. Click for details.
The difficulty of this terrain varies widely. Click for details.
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Although this slope was measured, slopes are not homogeneous—this should be considered approximate. Click for details.
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The slope angle varies widely. Click for details.
This is the general direction the slope faces. Click for details.
The Utah Avalanche Center says that dangerous avalanches are not expected in this terrain except during extreme or very unusual conditions. Click for details.
The Utah Avalanche Center says that this is generally low-angle terrain although the route may cross under steep avalanche runout zones. Click for details.
The Utah Avalanche Center says that this terrain has significant exposure to numerous commonly-occurring avalanche paths. Click for details.
The Utah Avalanche Center says that this terrain is exposed to significant avalanche hazards often with multiple terrain traps. Click for details.
This terrain can be accessed by resort skiers without skins. Click for details.
This terrain can be accessed by resort skiers without skins. Snowmobiles are allowed. Click for details.
This terrain is commonly skied by helicopter skiers. Click for details.
This terrain is commonly skied by helicopter skiers and by resort skiers without skins. Click for details.
This terrain is commonly skied by helicopter skiers, by resort skiers without skins, and by snowmobilers. Click for details.
This terrain is commonly skied by helicopter skiers. Snowmobiles are allowed. Click for details.
Snowmobiles are allowed in this terrain. Click for details.
|Summit Location||40.6585° / -111.7021°|
|Trailhead||Butler Fork Trailhead|
|Online Map||View on wbskiing.com|
At 10,241 feet, Mount Raymond is the big bad mountain that is in your face when driving down Big Cottonwood Canyon. Its easterly neighbor, Gobbler's Knob, is actually five feet taller, but Gobbler's isn't nearly as noticeable from the road.
The summit of Mount Raymond is formed by three drainages: Porter Fork to the north (in Mill Creek Canyon), Elbow Fork to the southwest, and Mill A Gulch to the east. The big bowl on the eastern side of Raymond, at the head of Mill A Gulch, is called Mill A Basin.
|Raymond Main Chute|
|Drainage||Mill A Gulch|
|Location||40.6585° / -111.7016°|
|Online Map||View on wbskiing.com|
The east face of Mount Raymond contains several moderately-steep chutes that descend from the summit into Mill A Basin. The Main Chute, and probably the other chutes, is on smooth rock which is likely susceptible to glide avalanches during a thaw.
It's a fairly long hike into Mount Raymond and if you're going to ski it, you might considering a couple of the chutes. If you're ambitious and came in from Butler Fork, you can also squeeze in a run on Circle All Peak as you are heading back to the trailhead.
As shown in this next photo, follow the directions to Baker Pass from the Butler Fork trailhead. You can go all the way to Baker Pass and then head up the ridge to Mount Raymond, but it's usually quicker to zigzag up the slope that is west of the pass (as shown in the photo, below).
From the ridge you can skin almost all of the way to the summit, but as you near the summit the ridge gets steeper and you'll need to boot the final 500 or so feet.
About the name
On the 1955 USGS map, Mount Raymond was labeled "Mill A Basin Peak." Beginning with the 1961 map, the peak has been labeled Mount Raymond.