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Twin Peaks/Grouse Rock

Location: West Shore – Lake Tahoe, CA
Duration: 1 – 2 hours
Elevation Change: 1,678′ – from 7,200′ to 8,878′
Recommended Map: Ward Peak & Sunnyside, California

If you’ve skied Alpine Meadows, you may have wondered how to get over to this nearby backcountry beauty. Your choices are either to skin an easy 1000’ to the Sierra Crest from the top of Ward Canyon, near the Sherwood Chair, or traverse all the way out along the crest the ski area. If you want to earn your turns without a lift ticket dangling from your jacket, park at the end of Ward Creek Road; a 5-mile drive from the Sunnyside area on the West Shore. The privately owned parking area at top is maintained for Ward Canyon residents, for accessing the Sherwood Chairlift. They have been friendly towards skiers going for early season powder, or anytime this backside lift isn’t running. Don’t park here when the chairlift is in operation. The backside of the ski area usually opens around Christmas, just in time for you to graduate to bigger Tahoe ski tours anyway.

One way to get to Twin Peaks is to aim uphill to the crest and bang a left. It’s hard to resist the temptation to just drop back down the slope beneath Grouse Rock however and a long way out to Twin Peaks. This east facing treed slope beneath Grouse Rock takes a surprising amount of skiers to track it out due to the width. If you’re looking for a real quickie, or just a nice view of stunning Twin Peaks, head downhill unnaturally, and away from the Sherwood Chair, for a lap or two in the north facing trees beneath Stanford Rock.
Back to skinning up Twin Peaks from the bottom near Ward Canyon’s end and the Sherwood Chairlift….well, you’re on your own. The best way is probably to TRY and stay at the same elevation as the chairlift and contour around all the creeks, until you are pretty close. Then head uphill beneath the peak. I’ve skinned up to the crest about a half mile north of the peak, weaving through steep trees, and found it to work well also.

 

Stanford Rock

Location: West Shore – Lake Tahoe, CA
Duration: 1 hour or less
Elevation Change: 1,433′ – from 7,040′ to 8,473′
Recomended Map: Ward Peak & Sunnyside, California

Stanford Rock is a West Shore quickie you can hit from the bottom of Sherwood Chair, at Alpine Meadows Ski Area. Stanford Rock offers a short, moderately steep, treed slope, that holds winter powder for a long time. Climbing up to Stanford Rock is worthwhile just for the stunning and close range view of Twin Peaks. From the Sherwood Chair, head downhill unnaturally, and away from the lift. Find the base of the north facing treed slope you saw from you car, and pick the path of least resistance. You will often find a skin track here. Coming back can get a bit confusing, and requires putting your skins back on for a short stretch. Head over for a run below Grouse Rock if you still have time.

I’m not sure what Alpine Meadows stance is on ski touring in this area. USFS owns all the land, and you can’t accidentally lure the resort skiers up the hill and into trouble.

Park at the end of Ward Creek Road; a 5-mile drive from the Sunnyside area on the West Shore. The privately owned parking area at top is maintained for Ward Canyon residents, for accessing the Sherwood Chairlift. They have been friendly towards skiers going for early season powder, or anytime this backside lift isn’t running. Don’t park here when the chairlift is in operation. The backside of the ski area usually opens around Christmas, just in time for you to graduate to bigger Tahoe ski tours anyway.

Elevation Profiles:

Twin Peaks, Grouse Rock, Standford Rock Elevation Profile

Map of General Routes:

Twin Peaks, Grouse Rock, Stanford Rock Topo Map

 

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