FATMAP by Strava

Main Sunrise Bowl

Lake Tahoe

Steepest part of the Legendary Unofficial Hike-to Bowl near Tahoe Donner

Freeride Skiing Moderate

1.2 km
1 m
221 m
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
2.4 km
Main Sunrise Bowl Map


PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT PART OF THE RESORT (MEANING YOU WILL HAVE TO LEAVE IT TO GET HERE) but can be accessed very easily through it. Take the Mile Run ski trail until you get to a fork in the road. You would go right to continue on the run. But you want to go left to access this hike. Now, this hike would be a lot easier if you could go directly up to the peak. But because there's a lot of private property around this area, it's better to continue going left and actually towards the road aptly called "Ski Slope Way". Take this road as far as you can until you get to a fork. Then take the road "Glacier Way" all the way up until you hit the snow. From here, skins and ski poles are definitely required to complete the hike. If you're not starting from the ski resort, it might be way easier to drive to this point and hike from here. As soon as you've started hiking, you're in Sunrise bowl and the lines generally get more awesome the higher you go. You don't have to ski the main face either. You can keep going further and further as this entire valley curves and boxes you in (see the actual map for further clarification). The beauty is that unless you drop to the other side of the hill, as long as you ski back towards Tahoe Donner, no matter where you drop into, you'll always come back to the resort. You might have to cross a few roads but you'll funnel back into the same area. Just be mindful that there's probably private property all around you and that theres no easy way to return to the ski resort itself!



Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between January and March


  • Bowl
  • Face
  • Trees
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons