Jake's Peak is a popular backcountry skiing destination on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Don't expect to get first tracks - this one is no secret, and you'll probably see a skin track a mile wide going up from the parking lot! Of course, Jake's is popular for a reason; close to the road, nice, steep descent with good snow, and views that can't be beat!
This track is just one of many ways down - find your own way down, and watch out for cliffs, drainages leading the wrong way, and poor avalanche conditions.
This can be skied (with skins), or snowshoed (and snowboarded), but this is too steep to be a cross-country ski trip. Snowshoers - make your own track as a courtesy to the skiers, please!
Dogs are common up here.
A GPS track is NO substitute for skiing ability, avalanche safety knowledge, winter travel experience, map and compass navigational ability, and common sense! I am not responsible for you if you should follow my track and hurt or kill yourself!
Check the weather forecast and avalanche forecast before you go (although neither is a guarantee of safe conditions!)
SR89 closes after heavy snow due to avalanches on the road. Check CalTrans for road conditions.
Park at a plowed pullout on the east side of 89 just north of Emerald Bay and just south of the entrance to Bliss State State Park. In doubt? Look for all the Subarus and covered pick-up trucks - this is a popular spot!