Blue Creek Point Loop


Summary

Difficulty 3 Intermediate
Length 5.5 miles round trip
Starting
Elevation
6700 feet
Cumulative
Elevation
Change
+800, -800 feet round trip
Navigation Road and map
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

Don't miss this loop if you are looking for a wonderful day mixed with easy touring along a road and delightful ridge skiing. The first half of the tour follows roads to Blue Creek Point where you are treated to a striking view up the drainage of white-capped Eagle Peak. Along this section you will pass an exceptionally fine spot to practice your downhill techniques.

Image from Stanislaus River Overlook of Dardanelles View up drainage from Blue Creek Point

After reaching Blue Creek Point, a short climb takes you to a rolling ridge top that you follow to a short but steeper descent back to the road. No doubt the finest view of the Dardanelles is from the ridge just before the descent.

Skiers not up to the off-road skiing can return from Blue Creek Point on the road..

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 along road Skiing along the road is easy

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 of the white peaks, including the Dardanelles, above the dark green forest and practice your downhill techniques on the wonderful slope.

Image of slope with room to turn Approaching open area that offers room to practice turns

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 skier and view north from Blue Creek Point It's great to reach Blue Creek Point

Miles: 2.6 - 2.7
Elevation change: +50 feet

Ski south for 0.1 mile back to the road (4).

Miles: 2.7 - 2.8
Elevation change: Nil

Locate the road that heads south off the main road and follow it south for 0.1 mile until you reach the location where the slope to the southwest (right) is open and the road you are on narrows and enters dense trees (6). Do not continue on the road where it narrows and enters dense trees.

Miles: 2.8 - 3.5
Elevation change: +300 feet

Leave the road and ascend the open area to the southwest (right) for a short distance before turning south and ascending up a ridge for a total of 0.7 mile until you reach Peak 7276 (7). In this section you will cross one or two snow-covered roads; do not follow them.

Image of skier climbing toward ridgetop The climb to the ridge top is not steep

Miles: 3.5 - 4.0
Elevation change: +50, -50 feet

Ski southeast along the ridge top for 0.5 mile until you reach an obvious high point (8).

Image from Stanislaus River Overlook of Dardanelles A road cut through the trees makes travel along the ridge top easy

Miles: 4.0 - 4.5
Elevation change: +50, -150 feet

Ski east along the ridge top for 0.5 mile until you reach another obvious high point (9).

Image from Stanislaus River Overlook of Dardanelles Grand view of the Dardanelles from the ridge

Miles: 4.5 - 4.9
Elevation change: -300 feet

Descend a narrow ridge to the northeast for 0.4 mile until you intersect the road your skied earlier (10).

Miles: 4.9 - 5.0
Elevation change: Nil

Turn east (right) onto the road and follow it for 0.1 mile until you reach a road junction (2).

Miles: 5.0 - 5.5
Elevation change: -150 feet

Turn south (right) and follow the road for 0.5 mile until you reach the trailhead (1).

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