Ribes nevadense is native to several of the mountain ranges in California, including the Peninsular Ranges, Transverse Ranges, Klamath Mountains, and the Sierra Nevada where its distribution extends into western Nevada. It may occur in Oregon, as well. It grows in forest and riparian habitats, at elevations between 3,000–10,000 feet (910–3,050 m). 
Ribes nevadense is an erect shrub growing 1–2 metres (3.3–6.6 ft) tall. The glandular leaves are up to 8 centimeters long and are divided shallowly into a few dully toothed lobes.
The inflorescence is a dense raceme of up to 20 flowers hanging pendent or held erect on the branches. Each flower has opens into a corolla-like array of five pinkish red sepals with five smaller white petals in a tube at the center.
The fruit is an edible blue-black berry under a centimeter wide. It is somewhat waxy in texture and studded with glandular hairs.
- List of plants of the Sierra Nevada (U.S.)
- Sierra Nevada lower montane forest — "Yellow Pine Forest" habitat.
- Jepson Manual Treatment - Ribes nevadense
- USDA Plants Profile: Ribes nevadense
- Ribes nevadense — U.C. Photo gallery
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