Yuba Trail

Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Resort

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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Yuba Trail


  • The Yuba Trail begins at the Summit Station.- Yuba Trail
  • The Yuba Trail.- Yuba Trail
  • A sign marks the trail from the Summit Station Trailhead.- Yuba Trail
  • The High Sierra snow glistens off of the trees along the trail.- Yuba Trail
  • Pristine winter conditions along the trail.- Yuba Trail
  • Royal Gorge Resort's Yuba Trail.- Yuba Trail
  • Royal Gorge Resort's Yuba Trail.- Yuba Trail
  • Intersecting trails are signed so skiers can choose their route.- Yuba Trail
  • Skiing along the Yuba Trail.- Yuba Trail
  • A bathroom at the Wilderness Hut, if you can dig your way in.- Yuba Trail
  • The Wilderness Hut stands at the end of the trail.- Yuba Trail
Overview + Weather
Scenic terrain.
Saves the uphill for the return trip.
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Pets allowed: 
Groomed trail: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
-300.00 ft (-91.44 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Total Distance: 
2.10 mi (3.38 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,028.00 ft (2,142.13 m)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Yuba Trail is a 2.1-mile long beginner-rated trail stretching from Royal Gorge Ski Resort's Summit Station to the Wilderness Hut, a warming hut that provides a good break area. 

Heading over rolling hills, the general trend is to gradually lose elevation - about 300 feet over the 2-mile distance - as the trail heads west and away from the Summit Station. There is one steep slope, though a slightly lengthier bypass trail allows skiers to take it at a more gentle grade.

The hut can provide either a turnaround point for an out-and-back, or it can connect to adjacent Kidd Lake/Wiesel or Palisade trails to further head into the resort's network of trails.

As one of the primary trails, the Yuba Trail receives daily grooming, though trails that branch off from the Wilderness Hut receive varying grooming, depending on weather conditions.

A copy of the resort's maps can be viewed here.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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