Trail Junction Via the Ridge

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Difficulty 3 Intermediate
Length 4.0 miles round trip
7050 feet
+750, -750 feet
Navigation Road and marked trail
Time Half day
Season December through mid-April
Snowmobiles Use Low
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Bear River Reservoir
Start Junction of Highway 88 and Foster Meadow Road, 0.8 mile east of Peddler Hill Maintenance Station and 11.1 miles west of the Silver Lake dam. Parking is on the north side of the highway in a cut-out that only holds 4 to 6 vehicles. Park carefully to maximize capacity.

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The Trail Junction Via the Ridge tour is one of two tours that connect the trailhead at Foster Meadow Road with Trail Junction. It is suitable for intermediate skiers while the Trail Junction Via the Road tour is suitable for beginners.

Image of skiers on ridge to Trail Junction
Fresh powder on ridge to Trail Junction

The difficulty along the ridge is created by the steepness of the terrain combined with lots of trees. The markers weave in-and-out of the trees and are difficult to follow without careful attention, but you will be okay so long as you stay on or near the ridgetop.

The ridge and road tours intersect at Trail Junction and at a mid-point thus making short and long loops possible by combining them.

Trail Junction is significant because it is the hub for four trails:

  • Trail Junction Via the Road

  • Trail Junction Via the Ridge

  • Cosumnes Loop

  • Anderson Ridge

These trails and others can be viewed on the same map in the Foster Meadow Road and Mormon Emigrant Trail Area tour.

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 - 0.1
Elevation change: +100

From the trailhead (1) follow the markers up the slope to the east for 0.1 mile until you reach a snow-covered road (2).

Waypoint 2 to 3
Miles: 0.2 - 0.2 [approx. 100 feet]
Elevation change: Nil

Turn east (right) onto the road and ski approximately 100 feet until you reach the turnoff for the "ridge" (3). Signs mark this location.

Waypoint 3 to 4
Miles: 0.2 - 1.3
Elevation change: +200, -100

Leave the road and follow the markers and ridge generally north (left) for 1.1 miles until you reach a saddle (4). This section is a steady climb to a high point followed by a descent to the saddle and the intersection with the road tour.

Waypoint 4 to 5
Miles: 1.3 - 1.7
Elevation change: +200

Continue skiing along the ridge to the northeast for 0.4 mile until you reach the north end of a high point (5). From this point you have a wonderful view to the red cliffs of Thunder Mountain.

Waypoint 5 to 6
Miles: 1.7 - 2.0
Elevation change: -150

Descend the steep slope to the north and then continue north for a total of 0.3 mile until you reach Trail Junction (6), which is located at a saddle. Do not be tempted to descend to the northeast.

Return to trailhead
Miles: 2.0 - 4.0
Elevation change: +250, -500 feet

Retrace the route for 2.0 miles back to the trailhead (1).

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