Location: Carson Pass – Hope Valley, CA
Duration: 2 hours
Elevation Change: 2,611′ – from 7,430′ to 10,041′
Map of General Route:
Steven’s Peak’s south side offers rolling, wide-open slopes to cruise for a long way back to you car. There are some steep, challenging ski descents to be had on the east side of Steven’s Peak if you know where to look. You can also wander off the north side and pick your way around the mountain, but prepare for a longer tour for less skiing. Steven’s Peak is often a better choice than neighboring Red Lake Peak, when you are worried about avalanche danger. The more consolidated, south facing slopes just seem more inviting when you see fracture lines on Red Lake Peak’s north side.
Park along hwy 88 in the Hope Valley, on the west side of the road. The pull out I like to use is due east of Crater Lake, and along a flat straightaway in the highway. You should not be bothered parking here, and can access Red Lake Peak or Steven’s Peak.