Powder Project Logo

blue Waterhouse Peak

  3.5 ( 2 ) Favorite


1.6 mile 2.6 kilometer point to point
Ski Line


Ascent: 2' 1 m
Descent: -1,565' -477 m
High: 9,306' 2,836 m
Low: 7,741' 2,359 m


Avg Slope: 18% (10°)
Max Slope: 32% (18°)
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Toby Maxwell

Avalanche risk for Apr 22, 2019: Unknown

Unknown or outdated data.

Full forecast for SAC: Central Sierra Nevada — Brought to you by Sierra Avalanche Center

Avy tweets from @sierraavalanche


Getting forecast...

Current ascent conditions

Unknown See History

Popular ski lines nearby

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

This route is quick, easy, safe, and heads through the trees for a couple of fun laps, or a chilled out day.

Toby Maxwell
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

Quick, easy tour, false summit about 2/3 the way up, trees the whole way, really about as easy as it gets for a tour, and a lot of fun. Just get out of your car at Luther pass, and start walking up. There may be a few skin tracks and people like to cross country ski in the meadow, so don't stray, just go straight up the mountain if you are unsure of what tracks to take. Check out Divided Sky, a second floor bar right in Meyers for a beer awesome sandwiches afterwards.


Waterhouse peak is a fun 1800 foot feature often referred to as the 'safe' place to ski on considerable days. While there are always rollovers and a cornice on top, it is not very steep, but steep enough to have fun, and is entirely treed except the summit itself. Waterhouse is a very efficient tour. Take the Waterhouse Peak Ascent to the the more north facing side of a gully that will lead you back down to the meadow, as the route suggests. You could also easily go down the exact same way you went up and avoid having to pole out across the meadow. The trees are well spaced until the very bottom when they get a little tight, but still very skiable.

You can combine this with a tour of powderhouse peak (unnamed on most maps), visible from the road immediately to the northwest if you want to do laps on two different mountains.

Skied this ascent?

We need help with the following missing ascent information:

Overview, History & Background

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow skiers know what's here.


Rate This Featured Ski Line

Rate Quality

   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Ski Line

Check In



Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 2 votes


in Lake Tahoe


  3.5 from 2 votes
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Featured Ski Line Rankings


in Lake Tahoe


in California


28 Views Last Month
1,388 Since May 2, 2017
Intermediate Intermediate



Powder Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Ski