Back to index Robb's Hut & Peak Snowshoe Hike
Trip Date:  03/09/2018

: 4.5 Miles

Vertical Gain: 1000'

Group Size: 5
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate   Hard   Strenuous
Robbs Peak Snowshoe
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Red Mountain Snowshoe Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 55.055  W 120 23.103     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 50 to Ice House Road.  Drive about 20 miles north on Ice House Road until you get to the turnoff to Cheese Camp Road on the right (East side.)  You will park off the road in this area and the start of the hike will be across Ice House road to the west.
Hazards of Note:   Deep snow and lack of trail. Crowd Factor:   Moderate to low in the winter.  This can be a popular snowshoe area, but mostly on the windy road up to the top of the peak but heading straight up the hill along this track will bisect the road and eliminate most chances of running into others.
General Notes:
Once at the parking area cross Ice House Road, and then head on up the hill for about 1000 feet of elevation gain over the next mile and a half.  This 'shortcut' trail will cross the main road up to the top of the peak three different times, and this road can be followed if less elevation gain at a time is desired.  However, this will add over one mile each direction to the snowshoe.  Following the shortcut, once you reach the top of the ridgeline, follow along this ridgeline north until you reach the peak and the warming hut right at the top.

Sign for the intersection at Cheese Camp Road where you want to look for parking off of Ice House Road.  Parking area sign
Our group heading up the 'shortcut' route, which was effectively straight up the side of the mountain.
Heading up from the road
A look at some of the steepness of going  up the 'shortcut' route, the alternative to the longer but less steep trail up the road. Steepness
Along with the stead elevation gain are views back toward the Crystal Range which just get better and better as you head up higher. Views along the way up
Letting Phil do some trail breaking through the fresh feet of snow we enountered on the way up the hill.
Continuing up
After 1000' of elevation in just under 2 miles, we reach Robb's Peak and the rentable warming hut and the old forest lookout tower which had a convenient picnic bench available for lunch.
Reaching the top
The battered but still informative information sign near the entrance to Robb's warming hut.
Info sign
Our lunch view from the picnic bench at the lookout tower back toward the hut and the Crystal Range in the distance.
Lunch View
Another view of the Crystal Range from a nice open spot along the road on the way back down.
Crystal View
Yours truly stopped on the way back down with an amazing view of the nearby mountains in the background.  Not only are the Crystal Range peaks of Price, Agassiz and Pyramid visible, but even Round Top and Mokelumne Peaks in the Mokelumne Wilderness further to the right is able to be seen from this spot.
Yours truly
Julia and Jackie paused along the road for a picture in front of pretty scenic views.
Julia and Jackie
GPS Track of the full hike.   GPS Track of Hike