Blue Creek Point


Summary

Difficulty 2 Beginner-intermediate
Length 5.2 miles round trip
Starting
Elevation
6700 feet
Cumulative
Elevation
Change
+500, -500 feet round trip
Navigation Road plus 0.1 mile off road
Time Half day
Season December through mid-April
Snowmobiles Low
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Calaveras Dome
Start Junction of Cabbage Patch Road and Highway 4, 0.2 miles west of the Cabbage Patch Highway Maintenance Station. The parking area is very small.


Description

The name of this tour is derived from the destination that overlooks the Blue Creek drainage. The striking view from the point is up the drainage of white-capped Eagle Peak.

Image of Dardanelle from Blue Creek Point View up the drainage from Blue Creek Point

An equally good view and destination point is located 1.9 miles from the trailhead (3.8 miles round trip). Here, at the north end of an open area located on the east side of the road (mileage point 3), you have a beautiful view up the drainage of white peaks that stick up above the dark green forest making for a brilliant contrast on a clear day. The peaks include the Dardanelles with their red and white cliffs.

The open area described above also makes an ideal slope for practicing your turns.

Image of carved turns A great place to carve a few turns

The real beauty of this tour is that it can be turned into the Blue Creek Point Loop in which you ski back to the trailhead via a wonderful ridge.

Mileage Log
Numbers in parentheses
correspond to mileage points on map

Miles: 0.0 - 0.5
Elevation change: +100 feet

From the trailhead (1) ski north (right) on the snow-covered road for 0.5 mile until you reach a road junction (2). The road you are on continues straight ahead to Thompson Meadow and other destinations. This tour continues on the road to the west (left).

Image of skiers on road to Blue Creek PointIt's easy to follow the road

Miles: 0.5 - 1.9
Elevation change: +150, -50 feet

Turn west (left) and follow the snow-covered road for 1.4 miles until you reach the north end of an open area located on the east (right) side of the road (3). Enjoy the view up the drainage and practice your downhill techniques on the wonderful slope.

Image of open slope that makes for excellent telemark skiingThe open slope is unmistakable

Miles: 1.9 - 2.5
Elevation change: +100, -50 feet

Continue in a generally northwest direction on the road for 0.6 mile until you reach the a high point at an obvious bend in the road (4). The ridge (point) extending to the north is obvious.

Miles: 2.5 - 2.6
Elevation change: -50 feet

Leave the snow-covered road and ski north (right) for 0.1 mile until you reach a location where the terrain drops abruptly ahead (5). This is Blue Creek Point.

Image of view north from Blue Creek PointView north from Blue Creek Point

Miles: 2.6 - 5.2
Elevation change: +150, -350 feet

Retrace the route for 2.6 miles back to the trailhead (1).

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