Granite Chief

Granite Chief, Olympic Valley: Address, Phone Number, Granite Chief Reviews: 4.5/5

Granite Chief
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Granite Chief is located next to and offers great views of Squaw Valley.
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Scott
San Francisco, CA4,494 contributions
Great hike
Oct 2020
Make sure you have a GPS with the trail mapped.

I loved hiking this trail, but the trail isn't well marked in a few places. The uphill part of the trail was pretty intense. I started off kind of rough by missing a fork in the road in the first 1/2 mile. I ended up scaling the a steep rocky ledge without much warmup. That set my respiration back for the rest of the uphill.

This hike has a combination of every conceivable type of terrain. If you don't miss a turn, you won't have serious technical challenges. But you will get plenty of time on steep and rocky stretches.

Watch out for unstable boulders. This area has a lot of heavily weathered granite. What looks firm might break off and turn into gravel.

No doubt, this is a beautiful trail. There's no mountain peak at the end with a 360 panoramic view. But the view along the way is shocking and amazing.

This trail terminates at the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
Written 4 October 2020
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Beth T
Isleton, CA14 contributions
Hiking to the top of Granite Chief adjacent to Squaw Valley Ski Corp
Oct 2016 • Solo
I first hiked up Granite Chief in the spring before the snow was fully melted. I took the Squaw Valley Ski Corp Gondola up, hiked south to the exit on the west advising one NOT to proceed, then down a clear view path and then up toward the top of Granite Chief. The first time I had no idea how to go up and I went through heavy continuous brush on the south side until I couldn't take it anymore. I went round to the north side and hiked across snow and found the path up. There is a stretch near the top that many find scary. It looks as if there is nothing separating you from a fall of several thousand feet. Crawl if you have to but make it to the top. Search around in nooks and crannies of the boulders for the metal cylinder which contains other hikers comments and be sure to add yours. You save yourself 2000 feet elevation of climbing by using the gondola. You can also hike the whole way up from behind Olympic Village Inn but you will need more time and hike regularly to enjoy it. I've been up there many times, mostly in the fall before the snow makes it near impossible. Once I decided to hike down the path skiers take instead of taking the gondola. Big mistake. It was not meant for hiking, very rocky, and there were wild animals around and nowhere to hide. Plus it was getting dark. I did not hike this October 2016 but my many dates were not available. It has been said that part of the upgrade of Squaw Valley will include a more friendly access to Granite Chief. It's pretty friendly now once you know how to do it. BTW, you are not as alone as you think up top as it can be accessed from the west also. Adjust activities accordingly.
Written 17 November 2016
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Faryz1
Lake Tahoe (Nevada), NV188 contributions
Hiking
Nov 2016 • Friends
Throughout time we've hiked in group settings in this wildernesses area so magnificent! There are glacier carved valleys with granite formations and trails
through meadows. Elevation ranges from 5000-foot valleys to 9000-foot peaks. The Pacific Crest trail system passes through this area. This past weekend I hiked The Five Lakes Trail. There were many people on that trail due to good weather.
Written 6 November 2016
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craigsK8184WX
The Woodlands, TX41 contributions
Great hike
Aug 2016 • Couples
Did a near sun-down hike on this trail. It was great, away from the lights of the cities and lake resorts. Not too difficult and has beautiful scenery.
Written 22 September 2016
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WeGoMama
Kentfield, CA115 contributions
Great back bowl terrain!
Feb 2016 • Family
Hardly any one was in this great ski area during SKI WEEK especially in the late afternoon. This is all black diamond although some are groomed.
Written 16 February 2016
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marikim
boston328 contributions
Skiing this area very fun
Dec 2015 • Family
Granite Chief has mostly expert trails but a strong blue comfortable with bowl skiing can find a few trails to enjoy whilst the cliff hangers in the group separate and then meet up at the chair
the chair is a slow triple so be prepared for a line
Written 29 December 2015
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tonykin
33 contributions
slopes
Feb 2015 • Family
The Granite Chief slope is a great advanced intermediate slope at Squaw Valley, but be very prepared for icy patches. If you lose it, you slide quite a way. Wear your helmet. If you are in doubt, don't go up the lift.
Written 28 May 2015
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RobbNevadaCity
Playa Cerritos, Mexico134 contributions
2,500ft of sheer beauty
Aug 2013 • Friends
It's about a 5 - 6 hour loop/9 miles if you take the free (to hikers) tram ride down, otherwise add another hour if you hike down - the trail down starts below the old tennis courts and isn't marked. The trail up is to the right of the village fire station and is poorly marked initially, but is OK once you get going.
We always hike "three ways in 3 days", taking the Shirley Canyon trail to the tram, and then the Western States trail on the other side of Squaw Valley. That's about 22 miles and 6,800' of climbing.
The tram usually runs through Labor Day, but check the Squaw web site
Written 29 August 2013
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Esty666
Wickenburg, AZ6,169 contributions
Unbeatable mountains and views
Oct 2011 • Friends
Okay, okay, okay, around Squaw Valley it’s mainly a ski area - but the mountains surrounding the valley with the Granite Chief Wilderness and beyond are also just simply breathtaking for hiking and horseback riding. The views from, say Emerald Pass with the memorial monument on the peak are a thrilling 360° sensaround panoramic vista with Lake Tahoe laid out at your feet far, far below. This is a stunning, amazing alpine world and you simply feel on top of the world up there. So it's highly recommendable all year round, not only for skiers.
Written 8 September 2012
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