Granite Chief Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"If you don’t mind the effort of a 5.8-mile climb and an elevation gain of nearly 3,000 feet, this route offers bountiful rewards, no matter how discriminating you are. Views are plentiful, not only from the airy summit of Granite Chief but also from various points along the Granite Chief and Pacific Crest Trails as well. From early to midseason, you’ll have the added treat of a fine assortment of wildflowers and dancing streams along the way. If your goal is mainly to summit Granite Chief, you can shorten the trip by taking the $39 aerial tram ride from Squaw Valley to High Camp."
--Mike White, Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press).
"At 9006 feet, Granite Chief is the centerpiece of the surrounding Granite Chief Wilderness, directly west of Squaw Valley USA. An excellent view from the summit is available from two different approaches requiring two different levels of commitment. The first alternative follows a stiff climb from Squaw Valley along Squaw Creek, past Shirley Lake, and over the Sierra Crest to the base of the peak. The second utilizes the aerial cable car from Squaw Valley to High Camp, greatly reducing the effort and time involved to reach the summit. Whichever way you choose, the view from the top is excellent and the scenery along the way is quite rewarding as well."
--Mike White, Top Trails Lake Tahoe (Wilderness Press).
"Delving into the isolated headwaters canyon of the American River’s middle fork, this ambitious day hike through the Granite Chief Wilderness offers a taste of alpine scenery, some lofty views of Lake Tahoe, and plenty of forest solitude. With a campsite at Whiskey Creek, it also makes a good overnighter."
--Barry Parr, Hiking The Sierra Nevada (Falcon Guides).
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