Alpine County Winter Recreation Area

  

Hope Valley offers winter recreational activities such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding and winter wildlife observation.

Carson Ranger District Winter Recreation Guide

Pick one up at the Carson Ranger District Office for FREE or download it here.

Medium Resolution, 6.6MB PDF

At a Glance

Permit Info: A Sno-Park permit is required for each vehicle parked at a Sno-Park site from November 1 through May 30 each year. Permits are sold as day permits or seasonal permits by  vendors throughout northern California. Day permits are $5.00 and are valid for one single day. Season permits are $25.00 and are valid for the entire Sno-Park season from November 1 through May 30.

For more information and a complete Sno-Park vendor list, visit the California Sno-Parks web page.  Sno-Park permits are aslo available at the Carson Ranger District Office in Carson City, Nevada.

General Information

Accessibility:
Directions:

From Reno/Carson City: Travel south on Hwy 395. Turn south onto Hwy 88 and travel 20 miles to Hope Valley Sno-Park located on the south side of Hwy 88.

From Minden/Gardnerville: Turn south onto Hwy 88 and travel 20 miles to Hope Valley Sno-Park located on the south side of Hwy 88.

From South Lake Tahoe: From Hwy 50, turn east on Hwy 89 and travel 11 miles to the junction with Hwy 88 (Pickett's Junction). Turn right and travel west two miles to Hope Valley. The Sno-Park is located on the south side of Hwy 88.

From Sacramento: Travel east on Hwy 50 to the junction with Hwy 89. Turn east on Hwy 89 and travel 11 miles to the junction with Hwy 88. Turn right and travel west two miles to Hope Valley Sno-Park located on the south side of Hwy 88.

From Jackson: Travel east on Hwy 88 for 69 miles.


Activities


Winter Sports

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Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is allowed on Blue Lakes Road and other designated trails as shown on the Carson Ranger District Winter Recreation Guide.

Download the Carson Ranger District Winter Recreation Guide or pick one up for FREE at the Carson Ranger District Office:

Medium Resolution, 6.6MB PDF

Off highway parking for snowmobiling is located at the Hope Valley Sno-Park, on Blue Lakes Road on the south side of State Highway 88 - 5 miles east of Carson Pass and two miles west of Pickett's Junction.

The the GPS Coordinates are: N38 44 59.00 W119 56 26.00

Sno-Park Permit Required

A Sno-Park permit is required for each vehicle parked at a Sno-Park site from November 1 through May 30 of each year. Permits are sold as Day Permits or Seasonal Permits by permit vendors throughout Northern California. Day permits are sold for $5.00 and are valid for one single day. Season permits are sold for $25.00 and are valid for the entire Sno-Park season from November 1 through May 30.

Snowmobile Registration

California State law requires that all over-snow vehicles (OSV) be registered and that the registration sticker be prominently displayed. Out-of-state visitors need to purchase a non-resident permit if they do not have a valid permit or registration from their home state. Contact the California Department of Motor Vehicles or your local snowmobile dealer for registration information.

California OHV/OSV Laws and Safety

OHV Passes & Fees Schedule

Non-resident OHV Use Permits

General Info:

Overview/Background
Permits & Regulations
Safety Information

It's always important to check road and weather conditions before setting out on a winter trip in the Sierra Nevada. The following are some links to help you along your way.

Road Conditions

Current California Highway Information

Nevada Road Conditions

Weather Conditions

National Weather Service - Hope Valley

Avalanche Report

Sierra Avalanche Center


Permit required?: Y

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Hope Valley is an expansive open valley. One can ski anywhere throughout the valley. There is easy, flat terrain along the Carson River and in the valley. The surrounding peaks are attainable goals for the more experienced skier.

Download the Carson Ranger District Winter Recreation Guide or pick one up for FREE at the Carson Ranger District Office:

Medium Resolution, 6.6MB PDF

Access points with Off Highway Parking

Forestdale & Red Lake Road

NOTE: Forestdale Road is closed to snowmobiles when there is sufficient snow for them on Blue Lakes Road.

The GPS Coordinates are: N38 41 56.51 / W119 57 58.00

Cross-country skiers can enjoy a wonderful day of play and skill building in this area. Forestdale Road from Red Lake to the Forestdale Divide offers a marvelous place for intermediate skiers to hone their skills and practice their turns.

For more advanced skiers, you can continue up Forestdale Road from the bridge. The road gets steeper, and you will probably need skins. You can continue all the way up to the Forestdale Divide. N38 39 40.61 W119 58 01.02

Burnside Lake

This 11.5 mile (round trip) road ascends to Burnside Lake. The terrain is for intermediate ski ability. The trail begins at Pickett’s Junction, the junction of Highways 88 and 89.

The GPS coordinates are: N38 46 32.19 / W119 55 7.78

Scotts Lake Trail

This path crosses Hope Valley and climbs moderately to Scotts Lake. This is a potential high risk avalanche area - proceed at your own risk. Check avalanche snow conditions.

The GPS coordinates are: N38 45 55.51 / W119 56 24.39

Willow Creek

Located on Highway 89 just one mile north of the junction of Highways 88 and 89. Look for a highway pull off on the west side of the road. Moderate terrain follows old logging roads.

Red Lake and Stevens Peaks Area

On the west side of the valley lies Steven’s and Red Lake Peaks for the most advanced skiers or a challenging snowshoe hike. Highway pull offs provide easy access to the steep terrain.

Permit required?: Y

Skiing/Snowboarding

Hope Valley is an expansive open valley. One can ski anywhere throughout the valley. There is easy, flat terrain along the Carson River and in the valley. The surrounding peaks are attainable goals for the more experienced skier.

Download the Carson Ranger District Winter Recreation Guide or pick one up for FREE at the Carson Ranger District Office:

Medium Resolution, 6.6MB PDF

Access points with Off Highway Parking

Forestdale & Red Lake Road

NOTE: Forestdale Road is closed to snowmobiles when there is sufficient snow for them on Blue Lakes Road.

The GPS Coordinates are: N38 41 56.51 / W119 57 58.00

Cross-country skiers can enjoy a wonderful day of play and skill building in this area. Forestdale Road from Red Lake to the Forestdale Divide offers a marvelous place for intermediate skiers to hone their skills and practice their turns.

For more advanced skiers, you can continue up Forestdale Road from the bridge. The road gets steeper, and you will probably need skins. You can continue all the way up to the Forestdale Divide. N38 39 40.61 W119 58 01.02

Burnside Lake

This 11.5 mile (round trip) road ascends to Burnside Lake. The terrain is for intermediate ski ability. The trail begins at Pickett’s Junction, the junction of Highways 88 and 89.

The GPS coordinates are: N38 46 32.19 / W119 55 7.78

Scotts Lake Trail

This path crosses Hope Valley and climbs moderately to Scotts Lake. This is a potential high risk avalanche area - proceed at your own risk. Check avalanche snow conditions.

The GPS coordinates are: N38 45 55.51 / W119 56 24.39

Willow Creek

Located on Highway 89 just one mile north of the junction of Highways 88 and 89. Look for a highway pull off on the west side of the road. Moderate terrain follows old logging roads.

Red Lake and Stevens Peaks Area

On the west side of the valley lies Steven’s and Red Lake Peaks for the most advanced skiers or a challenging snowshoe hike. Highway pull offs provide easy access to the steep terrain.

General Info:

Safety Information

It's always important to check road and weather conditions before setting out on a winter trip in the Sierra Nevada. The following are some links to help you along your way.

Road Conditions

Current California Highway Information

Nevada Road Conditions

Weather Conditions

National Weather Service - Hope Valley

Avalanche Report

Sierra Avalanche Center


Permit required?: Y


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/htnf/recreation/wintersports/recarea/?recid=74212&actid=89