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Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Squaw Valley Ski Resort, Tahoe City, California USA

Trail level:
Easy to moderate and moderate to difficult
Squaw Valley Ski Resort is located in Olympic Valley, California, USA. It is one of the largest ski areas in the US after Heavenly and was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

In 2012 it joined forces with Alpine Meadows, offering access to 6000 ac/24.28 km², 43 lifts and over 270 trails. Squaw Valley is the perfect place for hiking. You can choose from a variety of trails. Ride the Aerial Tram to High Camp. Climb to the weathered abutments at the top of Squaw Peak and make a visit to the historic Watson Monument at the Emigrant Park.

Another option is to meander through the beautiful meadows, feel the intoxicating smell of the wildflowers and enjoy the panoramic vistas of breathtaking landscapes of Squaw’s upper mountain. Trails are easy to moderate and moderate to difficult.

Easy to moderate trails are free guided hikes about 1.5 mi/2.4 km long, High Camp Loop about 1 mi/1.6 km long, High Camp to the top of the Gold Coast Chairlift about 1 mile long and High Camp to the top of the Newport Chairlift about 1.5 mi/2.4 km long and 460 ft/140.2 m elevation gain.

Moderate to difficult trails are High Camp to the top of the Emigrant Chairlift about 1.5 mi/2.4 km long and 500 ft/152.4 m elevation gain, High Camp to the top of the Squaw Peak about 2.2 mi/3.5 km long and 600 ft/182.8 m elevation gain, High Camp to Shirley Lake & down Shirley Canyon about 4 mi/6.4 km long and Thunder Mountain Trail about 4.5 mi/7.2 km long.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM San Francisco
196 miles/315.43 km, 3 hours 12 minutes
Exit at Truckee, onto Highway 89 SOUTH, towards Lake Tahoe/Tahoe City/Squaw Valley. Follow Highway 89 south for 8 miles to the Squaw Valley Rd. Exit. Turn RIGHT and follow Squaw Valley Rd. to the base of the mountain.
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
110 miles/177.03 km, 1 hour 54 minutes
Exit at Truckee, onto Highway 89 SOUTH, towards Lake Tahoe/Tahoe City/Squaw Valley. Follow Highway 89 south for 8 miles to the Squaw Valley Rd. Exit. Turn RIGHT and follow Squaw Valley Rd. to the base of the mountain.
BY CAR FROM Reno
35.2 miles/56.65 km, 1 hour 2 minutes
Take Interstate 80 WEST into California and on to Truckee. Take the Highway 89 SOUTH Exit towards Lake Tahoe/Tahoe City/Squaw Valley. Follow Highway 89 SOUTH for 8 miles to the Squaw Valley Rd. Exit. Turn RIGHT and follow Squaw Valley Rd. to the base of the mountain.
BY AIR
Reno Tahoe International Airport(RNO),
48 miles/77.25 km
BY TRAIN

Amtrak serves the entire USA. For fares, tickets and schedules check the website.

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