Martin Meadow


Summary

Difficulty 1 Beginner
Length Short
Starting
Elevation
7800 feet
Cumulative
Elevation
Change
Nil
Navigation Adjacent to plowed road
Time Short
Season Mid-December through April
Snowmobiles Not permitted [Please report illegal use of snowmobiles in this area.]
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Caples Lake
Start On south side of Highway 88 along an eastbound passing lane in small cuts made by CalTrans (see image below). The passing lane is located between 0.5 and 1.2 miles west of the Carson Spur. Special notice.


Description

This secluded meadow is a delightful location to learn and practice the fundamentals of cross-country skiing. From the highway a short gentle downhill glide to the southeast (the exact direction depends on where you park) takes you to the meadow that is surrounded by aspens. You may want to spend part of your time in the meadow and part on the gradual slopes that surround it.

This area is also the location of ridge tours to Carson Spur, The Sentinels and Martin Point. Be aware that the easiest of these, to Carson Spur, is significantly more difficult than skiing in Martin Meadow.

Image of skiers heading into woods around near meadow
Leaving meadow to ski in nearby woods

Image of car parked near Martin Meadow
Parking on Highway 88 along eastbound passing lane
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