Stairs Gulch Snow Cave

Big Cottonwood Canyon
Wasatch Mountains - Salt Lake City, Utah

Avalanche Paths
Snow Tunnels

I was up on Storm Mountain Island a few days prior, and I noticed a huge snow tunnel up Stairs Gulch across Big Cottonwood Canyon. I almost waited too long to get up and check it out, there was only a fragment of the tunnel left, but it was still worth the hike.

Wednesday, July 18, 2002

Below this one was a newly collapsed larger one,
I think I was looking at the one that fell earlier this week.
I bet this one caved in the next day.

I not exactly sure how much this ice bridge weighs, but if it collapsed on me,
I would probably either get really hurt or possibly killed.

Very interesting, I wonder if this same spot forms these same tunnels every year.

Here are two simiar views of the same area. The red lines are used to orient yourself.
Look at the rocks on the left picture and try to match them up on the right.

One of the most rugged (and deadly) canyons in the Wasatch.

Thanks to Gloria


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