|Length||5.2 miles round trip|
|+500, -500 feet round trip|
|Navigation||Road plus 0.1 mile off road|
|Season||December through mid-April|
|USGS Topo||7.5' series, Calaveras Dome|
|Start||Junction of Cabbage Patch Road and Highway 4, 0.2 miles west of the Cabbage Patch Highway Maintenance Station. The parking area is very small.|
The name of this tour is derived from the destination that overlooks the Blue Creek drainage. The striking view from the point is up the drainage of white-capped Eagle Peak.
An equally good view and destination point is located 1.9 miles from the trailhead (3.8 miles round trip). Here, at the north end of an open area located on the east side of the road (mileage point 3), you have a beautiful view up the drainage of white peaks that stick up above the dark green forest making for a brilliant contrast on a clear day. The peaks include the Dardanelles with their red and white cliffs.
The open area described above also makes an ideal slope for practicing your turns.
The real beauty of this tour is that it can be turned into the Blue Creek Point Loop in which you ski back to the trailhead via a wonderful ridge.
Waypoint 1 to 2
Miles: 0.0 - 0.5
Elevation change: +100 feet
From the trailhead (1) ski north (right) on the snow-covered road for 0.5 mile until you reach a road junction (2). The road you are on continues straight ahead to Thompson Meadow and other destinations. This tour continues on the road to the west (left).
Waypoint 2 to 3
Miles: 0.5 - 1.9
Elevation change: +150, -50 feet
Turn west (left) and follow the snow-covered road for 1.4 miles until you reach the north end of an open area located on the east (right) side of the road (3). Enjoy the view up the drainage and practice your downhill techniques on the wonderful slope.
Waypoint 3 to 4
Miles: 1.9 - 2.5
Elevation change: +100, -50 feet
Continue in a generally northwest direction on the road for 0.6 mile until you reach the a high point at an obvious bend in the road (4). The ridge (point) extending to the north is obvious.
Waypoint 4 to 5
Miles: 2.5 - 2.6
Elevation change: -50 feet
Leave the snow-covered road and ski north (right) for 0.1 mile until you reach a location where the terrain drops abruptly ahead (5). This is Blue Creek Point.
Return to trailhead
Miles: 2.6 - 5.2
Elevation change: +150, -350 feet
Retrace the route for 2.6 miles back to the trailhead (1).