Ophir Creek and Peak 8843

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Difficulty 3 Intermediate
Length 2.8 miles round trip
8550 feet
+550, -550 round trip
Navigation Map
Time Half day
Season Mid-December through late April
Snowmobiles Use Not permitted [Please report illegal use of snowmobiles in this area.]
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Mount Rose
Start Highway 431, 6.6 miles northeast of Highway 28 and 1.5 miles southwest of Mount Rose Summit. This is where Ophir Creek intersects the highway and just north of the trees that border the south side of Tahoe Meadows.

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The addition of Peak 8843 to the Ophir Creek tour results in a unique mix of beginner meadow skiing with intermediate peak skiing. But what makes it outrageously fine is the 360 degree panorama from the summit followed by a descent of an amazingly perfect intermediate downhill slope.

Image of Ophir drainage
Looking down Ophir Creek (photo taken during drought)

Image of Peak 8843
Peak 8843 from Mount Rose Highway (this is not the route described in this tour)

At the farthest point along the tour you have a view east down to Washoe Lake. The ascent and descent of the peak is over open terrain with a uniform slope. Due to the southern exposure of this slope, the snow consolidates rapidly here and the lack of many travelers over this section means that you are likely to fine excellent snow conditions on a warm day after consolidation occurs. In addition, the entire slope between the ascent and descent shown on the map is almost treeless providing much room to make turns at your whim.

The summit of Peak 8843 is adorned with rock outcroppings that enhance its beauty. Counterclockwise beginning with looking northeast toward the microwave towers on Slide Mountain the panorama from the summit includes:

Mileage Log   Link to more information about mileage log
Numbers in parentheses
correspond to mileage points on map

Waypoint 1 to 2
Miles: 0.0 - 0.7
Elevation change: -100 feet

From the trailhead (1) ski east and then slightly south of east along Ophir Creek for a total of 0.7 mile until you reach trees that divide the path ahead into two possible routes (2), the obvious open one along the creek and the other one slightly to the north through scattered trees.

Image of Ophir Creek trailhead
Cars line this popular trailhead

Waypoint 2 to 3
Miles: 0.7 - 1.0
Elevation change: -50 feet

Continue east along the creek for 0.3 mile until you reach the point where the route ahead is obviously better by veering slightly north and slightly up from the creek (3).

Waypoint 3 to 4
Miles: 1.0 - 1.2
Elevation change: -50 feet

Continue east along the north side of the creek and slightly above it for 0.2 mile until you reach the point where the creek drops abruptly as it continues east (4).

Waypoint 4 to 3
Miles: 1.2 - 1.4
Elevation change: +50 feet

Retrace the route west for 0.2 mile until you reach mileage point (3).

Waypoint 3 to 5
Miles: 1.4 - 1.5
Elevation change: +50 feet

Ski slightly north of west through well-spaced trees for 0.1 mile until you reach a point from which you can easily ascend north to Peak 8843 (5).

Waypoint 5 to 6
Miles: 1.5 - 1.8
Elevation change: +400 feet

Climb north for 0.3 mile until you reach the summit of Peak 8843 (6).

Waypoint 6 to 7
Miles: 1.8 - 2.2
Elevation change: -350 feet

Descend southwest for 0.4 mile until you reach level terrain (7).

Waypoint 7 to 1
Miles: 2.2 - 2.8
Elevation change: +50 feet

Ski west for 0.6 mile until you reach the trailhead (1).

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