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Tanners Flat

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • Fifteen minutes up the canyon from Salt Lake City and you have this!- Tanners Flat
  • Tanners Flat is a great place for a winter date with your loved one.- Tanners Flat
  • Snowshoeing Tanners Flat.- Tanners Flat
  • Snowshoeing Tanners Flat.- Tanners Flat
  • Crossing a stream at Tanners Flat.- Tanners Flat
  • Crossing a stream at Tanners Flat.- Tanners Flat
  • Some of the many waterfalls that dot Little Cottonwood Creek.- Tanners Flat
  • Some of the many waterfalls that dot Little Cottonwood Creek.- Tanners Flat
  • Some of the many waterfalls that dot Little Cottonwood Creek.- Tanners Flat
  • There is something magical about seeing critter tracks in the snow.- Tanners Flat
  • Looking due south toward White Baldy Mountain (11,321 ft).- Tanners Flat
  • Looking northwest toward Dromedary Peak (11,107 ft) and O'Sullivan Peak (11,275 ft).- Tanners Flat
  • Snowfall at Tanners Flat.- Tanners Flat
  • Crossing a stream at Tanners Flat.- Tanners Flat
  • It is a prettier spot than many people give it credit for being.- Tanners Flat
  • - Tanners Flat
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Close to town. Low traffic. Wildlife.
Cons: 
Road noise. Not very large.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
80.00 ft (24.38 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,219.00 ft (2,200.35 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Tanners Flat is normally a campground in the summer months, but in winter it is a great place to snowshoe and cross-country ski. Little Cottonwood Creek runs along the southern side of the campground, and granite stones provide some really fun crossing opportunities with minimal risk beyond a wet boot. This area is not groomed, but the roads that crisscross the campground become snow-covered paths that cut through the otherwise thick forest. Moose frequent the area, so stay alert, but you can also see rabbits and porcupine scurrying around if you keep your eyes peeled. Stay close to the river to see the various small waterfalls that look particularly good after a snow storm. The trick here is not expect long distances in straight lines; rather, circle back with the camp roads and find new routes over the river and through the woods. The main path gives you about a quarter mile of clear and straight paths before it doubles back and cuts into the heart of the campground. The roads and campsites act as paths through the trees, but this is more of a free-roaming spot than a "track" or a "loop." Either way it's a really fun and dynamic spot. If you continue to head up canyon past the campground you will hit a large boulder field. Be extra aware of your footing and where you step if you enter this area.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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