Waterhouse Peak Ski Tour

MODERATE 7 reviews

Waterhouse Peak Ski Tour is a 3.7 mile loop trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,840 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

skiing

snowshoeing

snow

Lake Tahoe Backcountry Skiing Waterhouse Peak (and it's western peaklet, Powderhouse) is a favorite for a quick backcountry day trip. It is often lapped by locals before or after work, and tends to hold good stashes of powder snow even weeks after the last storm. The hill faces north, is relatively high (9500') blanketed in trees, isn't super steep, and tends to be surprisingly calm, making it a popular choice during and just after the last storm. Several laps can be made during any afternoon, although the best snow is usually found on the top of the mountain, so skiers usually head back up before reaching the bottom. Most skiers loop the mountain from their car parked on Luther Pass (89). It is also possible to ski down the eastern slopes if you can shuttle your car down to Hope Valley (88). Check your compass at the parking lot for a return bearing; the mountain is often cloudy and it is quite easy to veer down the wrong direction, which may later require you to head back uphill if you've gone too far, or look for stream crossings. Stay close to your companions on the way down - it is easy to lose track of people in the trees and (sometimes) clouds.

hiking
8 days ago

I hiked this in late July. Although this isn't a long hike, there is no established trail and it is very steep. The view from the top is excellent and you can add your name to the logbook stashed in the ammo can at the summit. I did see some bear sign around the meadow, but not on the slopes, just be aware when you are close to the highway. One other point of note, there aren't many people on the trail, only 3 cars at the trailhead and I saw no one during my Tuesday hike.

hiking
27 days ago

snowshoeing
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Monday, March 20, 2017

snowshoeing
Sunday, January 22, 2017