Mount Reba from Poison Canyon

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Difficulty 4 Intermediate-advanced
Length 6.2 miles round trip
7550 feet
+1600, -1600 feet round trip
Navigation Road and map
Time Full day
Season December through mid-April
Snowmobiles Use Not permitted [Please report illegal use of snowmobiles in this area.]
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Tamarack, Mokelumne Peak
Start Round Valley Sno-Park, 0.2 mile north of Highway 4 on Highway 207 (the road to Bear Valley Mountain Resort).

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The tour to Mount Reba from Poison Canyon is a step up in terms of commitment from the Round Valley from Poison Canyon tour, but you are well rewarded for your effort. You get all the benefits of the shorter tour, excellent touring terrain, fantastic opportunities for linking turns, panoramic vistas to the south of the red cliffs of the Dardanelles and beyond, and is located in an area closed to snowmobile use, plus you are treated to amazing scenery from a high ridge that leads to Mount Reba and the peak itself.

But beware, the ridge and peak are nowhere to be in foul weather. They are completely exposed to weather approaching from any direction and without good visibility there is little reason to visit here given that the scenery is the main attraction.

Image of cornices along ridge Looking back at the cornices along the ridge that leads to Mount Reba

Image of Salt Springs Reservoir from Mount RebaSalt Springs Reservoir from Mount Reba.

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 feet

From the trailhead (1) at the Sno-Park, ski northeast on the snow-covered road for 0.1 mile until you reach a location where you can turn and head north (left) (2).

Waypoint 2 to 3
Miles: 0.1 - 0.6
Elevation change: +350 feet

Climb north, zigzagging as required, for 0.5 mile until you reach a ridge (3). You will pass through trees as you approach the ridge.

Waypoint 3 to 4
Miles: 0.6 - 1.4
Elevation change: +550 feet

Climb to the northeast along the ridge for 0.3 mile and then northeast across an open slope for 0.5 mile until you reach the Peak 8605 (4).

Image of vista toward DardanellesRed banded cliffs of the Dardanelles and beyond

Image approaching Peak 8605Approaching Peak 8605

Waypoint 4 to 5
Miles: 1.4 - 1.7
Elevation change: -100 feet

Descend slightly east of north for 0.3 mile through trees until you reach a saddle (5). Along this section, look for a view of the ridge leading to Mount Reba and Round Valley below.

Image of slope descending to saddleDescending from Peak 8605 to the saddle

Image of vista toward DardanellesRidge leading to Mount Reba with Round Valley below

Waypoint 5 to 6
Miles: 1.7 - 3.1
Elevation change: +400, -100 feet

Ascend northwest and then ski on or near the ridge for a total of 1.4 miles until you reach Mount Reba (6). You will pass to the south of the Reba Peak, which at 8842 feet is a bit higher than Mount Reba. But Mount Reba commands a superior view.

Image of ridge leading to Mount RebaRidge leading to Mount Reba

Image of volcanic cliffsVolcanic cliffs to the north of ridge leading to Mount Reba

Image of skiers returning from Mount RebaSkiers take route below ridge on return from Mount Reba

Image of Round Valley and Poison PeakRound Valley below and Poison Peak in background

Return to trailhead
Miles: 3.1 - 6.2
Elevation change: +200, -1400 feet

Retrace the route for 3.1 miles back to the trailhead (1).

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