The trek to Grizzly Gulch

By By Kirk Taylor

By Kirk Taylor

Grizzly Gulch is a backcountry destination that has been steadily growing in popularity since the late ’90s.

It has become distinctively famous for two massive features: Chad’s gap and Pyramid gap. These gaps span more than 100 feet and are not to be taken lightly. Smaller features also exist, or you can build your own.

Since this region’s reputation has grown, the number of injures has grown as well.

According to a 2005 issue of Powder magazine, “a skier tried a 180 his first time off (Chad’s) and clipped the landing. His pole went directly into his face.”

A helicopter lifeflighted him out of the canyon. He recovered, but his injury serves as a prime example that caution is a must at Grizzly Gulch. Don’t become a statistic. Be respectful. Learn the ropes and start small.

Proper backcountry travel should also be practiced, as well as good booter education.

Access is simple. Drive toward Alta’s Albion Basin. At the end of the canyon, park in the Grizzly parking lot and start the hike up the Alta-Brighton Trail. The trail will follow a forest service road for a while. Traveling with a local is probably a good idea to find the really good stuff, but it won’t hurt to explore on your own.

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