6,500’ – 9,200’ (2,700’)
Yet another powder day destination along the West Shore, Hidden Peak holds many fun, featured lines through old growth glades. Situated between the more popular peaks of Jake’s and Rubicon, Hidden sees lighter skier traffic compared to these other West Shore classics. Also called Bliss Peak, this zone is unique within the area because of its topography. With a steep lower half, and a mellow upper half, there is terrain to suit many conditions. For instance, in a dust on crust situation where steep turns dig into the crust, stay up high and enjoy the mellow glades and deeper snow. Or, during storm days and deep snow, pound out a skin track in the steeper, protected lower glades and get quality, 1,400’ laps in right by the car. Either way, the untracked powder and pillows you are likely to find here will leave you smiling long after the storm.
To get to Hidden, park in an established pullout on highway 89, 15.5 miles south of the “Y” in Tahoe City, and 2 miles north of the avalanche closure gate near Emerald Bay. This pullout has room for about 10 cars, and is distinguished by 5’ tall erosion barriers on the west side of the road. Another, similar parking pullout is located 0.5 miles further south on 89, but is less convenient for returning to your car at the end of the day. Begin skinning at this erosion barrier, trending fall line through the glades, keeping the creek to your right. At around the 8,400’ elevation, the slope mellows, and provides a break from the switchbacks. Under Hidden’s summit is a large cliff band. Continue skinning up to the summit to the north of these cliffs, and enjoy a fine view of Lake Tahoe.