Peak 6893


Summary

Difficulty 3 Intermediate
Length 5.6 miles round trip
Starting
Elevation
6100 feet
Cumulative
Elevation
Change
+1100, -1100 round trip
Navigation Road, marked trail and map
Time Most of a day
Season January through early April
Snowmobiles Low
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Soda Springs
Start Intersection of Troy Road and Old Highway 40. Exit Interstate 80 at Kingvale, turn west (left) onto Old Highway 40 (located on north side of the interstate), drive 0.5 mile to Donner Trail School, continue 0.1 mile to Troy Road, turn left onto Troy Road, and park. The tour begins on the south side of the interstate which is accessible by an underpass.


Description

The panoramic vista from Peak 6893 may not be as impressive as from nearby Peak 7000 that is part of the Matrimony Ridge tour, but it has a charm of its own. The last leg of the ski to Peak 6893 is a series of delightful small ups and downs. This section of the route is at first over broad, almost level terrain, but morphs into a ridge that leads to the peak. To the east of this section lies an abrupt drop down into the Nancy Lake drainage.

Image of Castle Peak from near Peak 6893 Castle Peak from near Peak 6893

But the tour to Peak 6893 is the complete opposite of the Nancy Lake tour. Unlike that tour, the ridge is exposed to every bit of inclement weather that comes through this area. Accordingly, pick a fair-weather day for this tour.

Many skiers will choose to visit both Peak 7000 and Peak 6893 in a single day.

A little more than a mile of this tour follows the High Loch Leven Lake Trail, established in 1991 by volunteers of the Nordic Voice, predecessor of Snowlands Network. The marked trail makes the navigation easier, but you will still need to look carefully for each successive trail marker and refer to your topo map to navigate parts of the route.

About a half-mile of the route has been over-grown with saplings and they have reached a size that makes travel difficult without considerable snow. For that reason the stated season for the tour begins in January.

Mileage Log
Numbers in parentheses
correspond to mileage points on map

Miles: 0.0 - 0.1
Elevation change: +50 feet

From the trailhead (1) ski southwest on the snow-covered road for 0.1 mile until you reach a road junction (2). This junction may be difficult to see if the railroad has plowed this first section; look carefully above the berm for a road heading south (left). Do not be discouraged if this first section is in poor condition; the snow-players do not venture far.

Miles: 0.1 - 0.7
Elevation change: +250 feet

Turn south (left) and follow the road for 0.6 mile until you reach the railroad tracks (3). Unless you are looking hard, you will not notice that you pass one road on your right in this section.

Take off your skis and cross the railroad tracks. Be aware that in heavy snow years the banks on both sides of the tracks can be difficult to negotiate. You may find a shovel useful.

Image of railroad tracks that are crossed along route The banks are low along the railroad tracks in the springtime

It goes without saying that you should exercise extreme caution when crossing the railroad tracks — use both your eyes and ears.

After crossing the tracks, locate the extension of the road on which you have been skiing. It is marked with a sign indicating the start of the High Loch Leven Lake Trail. That ski trail is described in the High Loch Leven Lake tour.

Miles: 0.7 - 0.9
Elevation change: +100 feet

Ski southwest, at first on either the marked trail or the re-aligned road and then on their combination, for a total of 0.2 mile until you reach an obscure road junction (4). The junction is located approximately 100 feet before the sign indicating that you should turn right.

A great deal of change has occurred near the road junction since the trail was first marked in 1991. The trail sign marks where the trail used to turn onto Royal Gorge's Rainbow Interconnect Trail. They no longer groom that trail and it is now over-grown so it is preferable to turn at the actual road junction. However, that junction is partially over-grown and care is necessary to locate it.

In the "good-old days" you would be signaled that you had past the road junction when you encountered one of Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort's warming huts. It no longer exists.

Miles: 0.9 - 1.2
Elevation change: +150 feet

Turn southwest (right) onto the lesser road and climb for 0.3 mile until you reach a flat area (5) where the marked backcountry ski trail and the defunct Rainbow Interconnect Trail split. The defunct trail veers to the northwest (right) and the High Loch Leven Lake Trail veers to the southwest (left).

Miles: 1.2 - 1.9
Elevation change:
+250 feet

Leave the road and follow the marked trail southwest and then south for a total of 0.7 mile until you reach more open terrain (9). Waypoints 6, 7 and 8 in this section are provided as additional help in following the marked trail if you are using a GPS.

Image of skier on marked trail Following the marked trail

Image of easy skiing through open terrain Easy going through open terrain

Miles: 1.9 - 2.8
Elevation change: +150, -150 feet

Ski south, pass to the east (left) of Peak 7000 (Matrimony Ridge), the route then becomes a ridge, and continue south for a total of 0.9 mile until you reach Peak 6893 (10) .

Image looking up at Peak 7000 from the route to Peak 6893 Looking up at Peak 7000 from the route to Peak 6893

Image of skier skiing back to Peak 6893 after exploring the ridge beyond the peak Skiing back to Peak 6893 after exploring the ridge beyond the peak

Miles: 2.8 - 5.6
Elevation change: +150, -950 feet

Retrace the route for 2.8 miles back to the trailhead (1).

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