Tragedy Creek


Difficulty 2 Beginner-intermediate
Length 2.0 miles round trip
7600 feet
+450, -450 feet
Navigation Map
Time Several hours
Season Mid-December through late April
Snowmobiles Low
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Tragedy Spring, Bear River Reservoir
Start Shot Rock Vista on Highway 88, 0.8 mile east of Mormon Emigrant Trail and 3.4 miles west of Tragedy Spring.


The tour to Tragedy Creek is the beginning of longer tours in the Shot Rock area. Although intermediate and more advanced skiers will likely opt for one of the longer tours, the tour to the creek is a way for beginner-intermediate skiers to get a glimpse of this astounding area.

Tragedy Creek
Tragedy Creek

The most beautiful time to visit Tragedy Creek is in the spring when parts of it are open and you can see water flowing over granite slabs. Once at the creek you can explore it and the nearby slopes.

Cascade on Tragedy Creek
Cascade on Tragedy Creek

Be aware that the tour to the creek is downhill so the return is uphill. Also be aware that this tour is steeper than most tours rated beginner-intermediate. It has been so rated because the tour is very short and the descent is on an open slope that provides excellent opportunities to zigzag down if necessary.

Finally a word of caution. In the spring take extra care when crossing Tragedy Creek.

As mentioned earlier, two longer tours in the Shot Rock area are described in this guide. They are the Shot Rock Loop tour and the Shot Rock to Bear River tour.

Mileage Log
Numbers in parentheses
correspond to mileage points on map

Miles: 0.0 - 0.1
Elevation change: Nil

From the trailhead (1) ski east on the snow-covered road for 0.1 mile until you reach Shot Rock Vista (2). A small building containing a toilet will likely be visible at the vista point.

Miles: 0.1 - 0.7
Elevation change: -450 feet

Descend the open slope slightly east of south for 0.6 mile until you reach a small creek (3). As you approach the creek you ski between two very small knobs before entering trees where the creek is located. This is the best location to cross the creek.

Miles: 0.7 - 1.0
Elevation change: Nil

Continue southeast, passing between two larger knobs, for 0.3 mile until you reach Tragedy Creek (4).

Miles: 1.0 - 2.0
Elevation change: +450 feet

Retrace the route for 1.0 mile back to the trailhead (1).

Elevation Profile
Elevation profile
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