Location: South Lake above Bishop, CA
Elevation Change: 3,317′
Recommended Map: Bishop Pass – Tom Harrison
The view of Mt. Goode from Long Lake is one you’ll never forget, and quite easy to reach from your car. What you don’t see is the HUGE south face that allows a great ski descent from the summit and an amazing view. This peak doesn’t see many skiers due to a few extra flat miles you’ll have to push or skin on the return. Plus you don’t see it from anywhere, and the focus is usually Gilbert and Thompson in this area. Most of these pics are from April 23, 2019. This has been a big winter and the South Lake Trailhead Parking lot had not been plowed yet. The county gets the road plowed to within 1.7 miles a few weeks before the actual trailhead opens however. On this particular day 2 in our group skied great corn off the south side of Mt. Goode, while Seth and I skied the un named 12,700′ peak behind it. We all skinned up and over a pass on return into the Treasure Lakes Basin, which got us some more fun turns. I recommend this if you have the gas, as otherwise you’re done making turns when you glide back to the west end of Long Lake. Kicker skins would speed up the few flat miles as another option. Our little pass was easy to spot on the map and a nice 30 degree angle on the north side to ski back through Treasure Lake and eventually to the west end of South Lake.
I haven’t seen any other skiable lines on Mt. Goode. The neighboring peaks are really beautiful ski tours and can be combined in a long day. The major peaks are Mt. Agassiz, Hurd Peak, Mt. Gilbert and Mt. Thompson. These are all fairly high at around 13k, but you started at just under 10k! Starting high is pretty sweet…..For a two peak day, try skiing peak 12,700′ and Mt. Goode together. Or Mt. Goode and Mt. Johnson on the way back. Or Hurd Peak on the way to Mt. Goode.
No overnight parking signs are posted in the South Lake parking lot, but no one has ever bothered me sleeping there. There are bathrooms and a sweet view of the other peaks right there. The parking lot doesn’t get much use until summertime. The trailhead parking lot officially opens May 1 or fishing season. I have skied great smooth corn snow as late as early June from the South Lake Parking lot. And if you go in March and have to start back near the Parchers Resort 2-3 miles back, it’s still worth it in my opinion.