Ginny Lake


Summary

Difficulty 3 Intermediate to Ginny Lake
4 Advanced-intermediate to ridge above lake
Length 2.8 miles round trip to Ginny Lake
3.8 miles round trip to ridge above lake
Starting
Elevation
8550 feet
Cumulative
Elevation
Change
+550, -550 round trip to Ginny Lake
+1000, -1000 round trip to ridge above lake
Navigation Map and compass
Time Several hours
Season Mid-December through April
Snowmobiles Not permitted [Please report illegal use of snowmobiles in this area.]
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Mount Rose
Start Highway 431, 6.6 miles northeast of Highway 28 and 1.5 miles southwest of Mount Rose Summit. An area that looks like a small parking lot is located here though it is marked "no parking."


Description

The best word that describes Ginny Lake is secluded. It's also a short tour with most of the 1.4 miles to the lake being quite level, but there is a modestly steep climb in one area.

At Ginny Lake your view is limited to the ridges that surround it. But a 0.4 mile extension to the south deposits you on a ridgetop with a grand view of Lake Tahoe below. This extension ups the intermediate tour to advanced-intermediate.

Image adjacent to Ginny Lake
Adjacent to Ginny Lake; the extension of the tour ascends the ridge on the left

Image of Lake Tahoe from above Ginny Lake
Lake Tahoe from the ridge above Ginny Lake

Mileage Log
Numbers in parentheses
correspond to mileage points on map

Miles: 0.0 - 0.4
Elevation change: -50 feet

From the trailhead (1) ski west on a snow-covered road for 0.4 mile until you reach the point where the road begins a sharp turn to the south (left) (2).

Miles: 0.4 - 0.5
Elevation change: +50 feet

Turn north (right) onto a lesser snow-covered road and ski north and then west for a total of 0.1 mile until you reach Third Creek (3). The road disappears not far after you start this section.

Miles: 0.5 - 0.9
Elevation change: +50, -50 feet

Cross Third Creek, then ski west and then into a meadow area for a total of 0.4 mile until you reach the west end of the meadow area (4). Crossing Third Creek can be tricky; search out a good spot.

Miles: 0.9 - 1.4
Elevation change: +350 feet

Climb west and then ski level through a meadow area for a total of 0.5 mile until you reach Ginny Lake (5).

Image of skier climbing toward Ginny Lake
Climbing toward Ginny Lake

Miles: 1.4 - 2.8
Elevation change: -450, +100 feet

Retrace the route for 1.4 miles back to the trailhead (1). As an alternative you can extend the tour as described below.

Extension south to ridgetop

Miles: 1.4 - 1.9
Elevation change: +450 feet

Climb south for 0.5 mile until you reach a saddle and ridgetop (6).

Image of skier shedding climbing skins after reaching ridgetop
Shedding climbing skins after reaching ridgetop

Image of friends sharing good times
Friends sharing good times

Miles: 1.9 - 3.8
Elevation change: +100, -900 feet

Retrace the route for 1.9 miles back to the trailhead (1).

Ginny Lake
Elevation profile
Ginny Lake
with Extension to Ridgetop
Elevation profile
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