Magazine article Sunset

Beaver Creek Trail

Magazine article Sunset

Beaver Creek Trail

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he Uinta Mountains in northeastern Utah are an odd lot. Roaming east-west instead of north-south like most of this country's ranges, the mountains seem remote despite being only an hour's drive east from Salt Lake City.

Eagles still glide on the air currents that rise and fall over the ridges, and the screams of mountain lions echo in the backcountry It's that wild flavor that lures cross-country skiers into the Uintas and the surrounding WasatchCache National Forest.

And while March brings spring to the Salt Lake Valley and southern Utah, storms in the Uintas keep the snowpack deep with fresh snow that can linger to the Fourth of July.

Not far inside the western edge of the range lies the Beaver Creek Trail, which is both a training ground for novice skiers and a jumping-off point for those looking for the challenge offered by the numerous side drainages that lead higher into the Uintas.

The trail rolls slowly through aspen and pine along the flanks of the mountains, never throwing too steep a pitch or careening wildly around a corner. …

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