Squaw Peak and Emigrant Peak Loop

Lake Tahoe

Palisades Tahoe

Hike through meadows and along ridgelines to reach the peaks at the top of Palisades Tahoe.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
8.2 km
Ascent
441 m
Descent
441 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
12˚
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Squaw Peak and Emigrant Peak Loop Map

Description

Riding the tram up to High Camp, you’ll gaze over many rocky outcrops of Palisades Tahoe, and at craggy peaks rising on every side. The tram unloads at 8,200 feet elevation, but the tallest summits remain much higher. The way to reach them is on foot, and the effort pays off with panoramas over Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.

This loop from High Camp connects Emigrant Peak (8,774’) and Squaw Peak (8,885’). If you don’t have time for both, you can, of course, visit one or the other to shorten the trip and save energy for other activities at High Camp. The walk begins on a narrow path through an alpine meadow, where yellow flowers bloom in summer, even as snow lingers in patches on the slope. Moving upward toward Emigrant Peak, you’ll join a dirt road on a ridgeline with views to nearby mountains, and to the blue water of Lake Tahoe in the distance.

From Emigrant Peak, the trail dips down then back up to reach Squaw Peak. Here you’ll see The Palisades–cliff bands that are famous for daring ski lines in the winter. Squaw Peak’s flat summit overlooks all of the resort, including your starting point far below. To continue the loop, backtrack a little to follow a wide path beneath The Palisades, then down the other side of a colorful alpine basin to eventually return to High Camp.

Sources: https://squawalpine.com/high-camp-experience https://squawalpine.com/events-things-do/walking-hiking-squaw-valley

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September

Features

  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly

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