1,200’ – 1,600’
5,600’ – 7,800’ (2,200’)
Forever it seems that Bay Area backcountry skiers have hailed Castle Peak as the closest destination to earn quality turns. But this is because many have driven past other I-80 locales due to low elevation concerns. If a decent base has developed around Cisco Grove, then look no further than Signal Peak for convenient interstate skiing. 11 miles closer to the City than Castle, Signal is an east-west ridgeline with plenty to offer in the way of great corn and powder skiing. Although it lies at a lower elevation than other Tahoe destinations, an average season can still leave Signal with a great base. From the approach road, Signal’s long, southeast face sprawls before you. If powder is what you seek, than dropping north from Signal’s summit rewards solitude in a 1,200’ bowl.
To reach Signal Peak, get off I-80 at exit 165 for Cisco Grove, which is 83 miles east of Sacramento, and 22 miles west of Truckee. Go north on Cisco road, and then left onto Hampshire Rocks road. Park near the forest service gate on Forest Road 85 / Fordyce Lake road, and skin up the snow-covered road 1.5 miles until beginning the ascent up Signal’s steep southeast face.