If you've never been snowshoeing, here's the best opportunity for you to try it out... under a
FULL MOON! We'll begin our hike near Boreal Ski Resort at approx. 8:30PM. We'll travel through mixed forest, which leads to the open meadow of Castle Valley. Excellent views of the west face of Castle Peak appear as you pass slightly above and west of the valley bottom on a mild grade. Leaving the meadow behind, we continue to ascend up the valley through light-to-moderate forest cover. Near the head of the canyon the grade increases. At two and a quarter miles from the trailhead we'll stand on top of Castle Pass, where an excellent vista appears of the peaks and ski areas of the Donner Summit region and... the FULL MOON! We'll then continue along the ridge northeast toward Castle Peak. Eventually the route leaves the ridge and makes a mild descent through light forest for a half mile to the edge of the hill overlooking beautiful Round Valley. We then descend more steeply to the edge of the valley and work our way over to Peter Grubb Hut. Once there, we'll take a short beak then retrace our steps back to the trailhead.
This is a night adventure and will get back to Roseville very late(approx. 3AM)
Approx. 6.2 miles
700 feet Castle Pass to Peter Grub Hut is rated
'More Difficult', so please be prepared.
- If you are willing to drive, please state in RSVP how many you can take. Carpoolers please watch the bottom of this post to see what carpool you're in. Drivers, please also watch this post and flag any necessary adjustments that need to be made to your carpool.
- We meet at 6:00PM on the dot, we leave at 6:15PM!
- If you plan on carpooling, have $15 cash for your driver... Please try and have exact change!
- We will park at the Sno-Park at the east end of the Frontage road immediately south of the freeway. Parking here is $5.
ESSENTIALS TO BRING:
- $15 for gas for the driver (if you're carpooling; Exact change is appreciated)
- Layered Clothing (not cotton as cotton kills)
- Snowshoes. You can rent them at REI for $10 (member price)
- Ski Poles (optional). They do help a little with balance on steeper slopes (Also rentable @ REI for $5)
- Hat - like a ski cap or waterproof cap with a brim
- Waterproof gloves
- Snow shoes or leather boots - well snow sealed. Bring gaiters if you have them
- Wool socks
- Water - 2+ liters
- Small day pack
- Optional: Headlamp. The moon will provide most all the light you'll need, but it's a good idea to carry extra light.
- Optional: Motorola Walkie Talkies: if you have one, bring it! We use channel 7-38 so we can stay in touch!