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Enjoy Summer at Squaw Valley Resort with These Top Hikes

As the snow melts, this Lake Tahoe ski resort stays lively with family attractions and high-altitude hiking trails.

Description

Known worldwide as a past Winter Olympics venue, Squaw Valley actually has a lot to offer in addition to skiing. The resort remains popular throughout the summer as a hiking destination and tourist attraction. Whether you're staying at the lodge or just visiting for the day, you can enjoy a bounty of trails and a variety of other attractions like dining, shopping, scenic chairlift rides, and outdoor fun like summer ski lessons, swimming, golfing, yoga lessons, or even paintball.

Whether partaking in those other activities or not, you won’t want to miss out on the hiking. Trail access is free of charge, and hikers have can roam through nearly all of the resort’s extensive acreage. You can explore shady canyons with waterfalls, sunny slopes covered in wildflowers, and craggy summits overlooking it all. Here are the best trails in the resort, offering something for every type of hiker.

Shirley Canyon Trail
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Shirley Canyon Trail

Lake Tahoe
1 - 2 hrs
4.7 km
581 m
5 m
Summer hike in Squaw Valley along a cascading creek and steep rock slabs surrounded by granite peaks.
Difficult
Private
High Camp Meadow Loop
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High Camp Meadow Loop

Lake Tahoe
0 - 1 hrs
1.9 km
61 m
61 m
Easy hike from the top of the tram, through flower-filled meadows with a view of Lake Tahoe.
Easy
Private
Squaw Peak and Emigrant Peak Loop
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Squaw Peak and Emigrant Peak Loop

Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows
2 - 3 hrs
8.2 km
441 m
441 m
Hike through meadows and along ridgelines to reach the peaks at the top of Squaw Valley.
Moderate
Private
Thunder Mountain Trail
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Thunder Mountain Trail

Lake Tahoe
1 - 2 hrs
4.7 km
571 m
11 m
Summer hike from Squaw Valley Lodge to High Camp, along a rushing stream and through flower-filled meadows on the mountainside.
Moderate
Private
Five Lakes Trail
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Five Lakes Trail

Lake Tahoe
1 - 2 hrs
7.0 km
312 m
312 m
A scenic climb up and out of Alpine Meadows Valley, over a high granite ridge that conceals a beautiful lake-filled basin.
Moderate
Private