Mattley Road


Difficulty 2 Beginner-intermediate
Length 4.8 miles round trip
6700 feet
+600, -600 feet round trip
Navigation Road
Time Half day
Season December through mid-April
Snowmobiles Low
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Calaveras Dome, Tamarack
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.


This pleasant tour on Cabbage Patch and Mattley roads climbs gradually but continuously up to its highest point. When conditions are good, advancing beginners will find the return descent exciting.

This is also the beginning of two more interesting tours: the Mattley Ridge tour and the Mattley Ridge and Horse Gulch tour. Both take you up onto the ridge to the north. An even grander tour is the Ridge Loop tour that ends with a descent of the tour described here.

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 to the west (left) leads to Blue Creek Point. This tour continues northeast (straight).

Miles: 0.5 - 0.9
Elevation change: +50 feet

Continue northeast (straight) for 0.4 mile until you reach a road junction (3). The road to the northeast (straight) leads to Thompson Meadow. This tour continues to the northwest (left) on Cabbage Patch Road.

Miles: 0.9 - 1.1
Elevation change: +50 feet

Turn northwest (left) to stay on Cabbage Patch Road and continue for 0.2 mile until you reach a "Y" in the road (4).

Miles: 1.1 - 1.5
Elevation change: +100 feet

Continue on the north (right) fork for 0.4 mile until you reach a road junction (5) where the road crests. Cabbage Patch Road continues north (straight); follow it if you you desire to explore in that direction. This tour continues by turning east (right) onto Mattley Road.

Miles: 1.5 - 2.4
Elevation change: +300 feet

Turn east (right) onto Mattley Road and follow it for 0.9 mile until you reach the highest point on the road (6).

Miles: 2.4 - 4.8
Elevation change: -600 feet

Retrace the route for 2.4 miles back to the trailhead (1).

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