Yard Peak is a quartzite mountain in the Northern Uinta Mountains. It has four faces, which can roughly be described as North, South, East and West. The East face lies directly above Allsop Lake, and is characterized by steep quartzite, which appears to be of high quality, (particularly the lower tier.) The NE couloir (which splits the North end of the East face) and NE ridge were climbed by J. Bullough in 2004, and are described on Summit Post. The Pine Beetle Couloir is a shallow gully which is located on the East side of the North face, and roughly 200 ft West of the NE ridge. It offers 1200 feet of moderately steep snow climbing, but will probably be melted out by mid-June. I think it could be an excellent ski descent for the right person or persons, although a fall would likely be fatal. .
From Mirror lake Highway (Highway 150), take North Slope Road 1.5 miles to a junction with road 059. Turn right (south) onto road 059 and drive 4 miles to the East Fork Bear River Trailhead. (you will pass a Boy Scout Camp 0.5 miles before the trailhead. The beginning of the trail is poorly marked. Three trails begin here. A short interpretive trail branches to the right, and and the Smith Fork Trail is on the left. You want the middle trail, which is the East Fork Bear River trail. At 4 miles the trail splits. Take the left fork which (naturally) follows the Left Hand Fork of the East Fork Bear River. Follow this another 5 miles to Allsop Lake. Yard Peak is directly above the West Shore of the Lake.
I initially referred to this route as the Left Hand Couloir, but have since decided to name it in honor of the insects which are decimating the pine forests of the Rocky Mountains. It is still the Left Hand Couloir seen as one faces the North Flank of Yard Peak. Hence it shall now be known as the Pine Beetle Couloir.The crux of this route may be the 9 mile approach! This route offers 1200 feet of excellent snow climbing at an angle of (est.) 37-40 degrees. A few narrow spots steepen to (est.) 45...[more]Browse More Classics in UT