Snowshoe Day Hike to Peter Grubb Ski Hut
In: Trail Notes
Snowshoeing to Peter Grubb Ski Hut have been on my bucket list for the longest period of time. Today, I made it happen! I hiked my way in snow and approaching storms to get to the hut. I made my way to the Peter Grubbs Hut. Peter Grubb Hut is located below Castle Peak in Round Valley, 3 miles north of the Castle Peak trailhead near I-80. The hut was built in 1939 and is managed by the Sierra Club in the Tahoe area. Access to Peter Grubb Hut is via a 2.5-mile low angle section of the Pacific Crest Trail that rises 800 feet to Castle Pass and the drops slightly to Round Valley. The easy access makes the hut popular with cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and backountry skiers alike. The hut is complete with a wood-burning stove, tables, and a kitchen area, as well as a sleeping loft that accommodates 15.
BEFORE YOU START:
Plan your trip sensibly, keeping in mind your experience and physical condition. Remember that winter days are short and you may not be able to travel as far as you expect. Before you leave on a trip, let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll return. Keep track of others in your party. Always carry a map and compass and know how to use them. Unless you’re an expert with map and compass, stay on trails, which are indicated by markers on trees. Consider carrying a GPS unit, if you know how to use one. Get a weather forecast (209/372-0200)—then be prepared for the unexpected. Even on short trips, carry proper gear and food for an unplanned bivouac. Always carry and drink plenty of water. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT SUGGESTIONS:
Wear wool, fleece, or polypropylene—a wool or synthetic hat is essential. These fabrics retain some warmth even when wet. Pack a waterproof jacket. Carry quick-energy food, water, waterproof matches, a flashlight, and protection from the sun.
The trail to Peter Grubb hut (39°21’57.97″N, 120°21’57.21″W) is a very popular route along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to the historic hut. The trailhead is located on the north side of the offramp for Boreal ski resort on Hwy 80. The trail starts right at the end o the road on the north side of the Boreal off ramp. This road is only a loading area and parking is only available at the SnoPark at the end of Bunny Hill Rd on the south side of Hwy 80 (a SnoPark pass is required during the winter and can be purchased at many locations) . Parking in the winter on holidays and weekends can be challenging with only limited parking in the SnoPark on Bunny Hill Dr near Boreal.