Max slope angle
30-45 Degrees
Vertical descent
1,650.00 ft (502.92 m)
2.25 mi (3.62 km)
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At 9,380 feet, Powderhouse Peak is the steeper little brother to neighboring Waterhouse Peak that lies directly to the south. Named for the long-lasting powder stashes found here throughout winter, Powderhouse offers a greater diversity of terrain, including an enticing rock-lined east-facing bowl that can be observed from the pullouts along the highway. 

The best ski descents on Powderhouse are found on the north and east aspects. The steep, continuous glades of the north aspect are a safe bet when avalanche hazard exists, as are the east-facing glades that run into Waterhouse's lower slopes. With a stable snowpack, the open east bowl is the gem on Powderhouse. Terrain features include a plethora of small to larger cliff drops, pillows, and some chutes. Note: The east bowl is exposed to avalanche hazard. Ensure good snow stability if you are considering skiing this area. 

Common ascent routes for Powderhouse are the north and east aspects, the east being slightly longer but less steep. Typically a skin track is quickly pounded out on powder days on the north aspect, and this area often is the first to be tracked out by Powderhouse skiers. Parking is found at a series of pullouts adjacent to Grass Lake on Highway 89. Park at the first pullout when traveling south on 89 if the north aspect is your intended ascent; park at the second pullout if venturing up the east aspect.

Make sure to check Sierra Avalanche Center's daily winter avalanche bulletin to help inform safe backcountry decision making before venturing out: .


Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

Not Required


Powder-filled glades. Diverse terrain in east bowl.


North aspect's steep approach.

Trailhead Elevation

7,700.00 ft (2,346.96 m)


Nearby Lodging + Camping

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California


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