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ozarkmacFrom Squaw   Sucess!


Hiked up to Granite Chief several times during backpacks to Five Lakes and Whiskey Creek as a teen. Beginning of a lifelong love affair with mountains.
Posted Nov 7, 2015 10:33 am

FairweatherFrom Squaw Valley x2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2010


Hot day, but nice hike.
Returned in 2012 and also climbed Needle.
Posted Oct 27, 2015 12:30 am

cabFrom Squaw Valley  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2015


First of 5 peaks - Granite Chief, Needle, Lyon, Tinker Knob & Anderson. Pretty grandiose name for such a nondescript peak.
Posted Oct 5, 2015 11:55 am

ScottHansonfrom Olympic Village trlhd  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2015


Day 3 Sierra Challenge alternate peak.
Posted Aug 30, 2015 6:55 pm

bechttTram then PCT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2015


Cut some distance/gain off using the very expensive and one way tram before heading to Tinker Knob.
Posted Aug 21, 2015 2:49 pm

davidsangerquick afternoon via tram  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2015


After hiking Mt. Davidson and Ophir Hill in Nevada in the morning I stopped at Squaw on the way home for a quick run un Granite Chief. Took the tram and followed ski run roads to col beneath Emigrant to the PCT then across and on up to the summit of Granite Chief. Around 3 hours car to car.

Tuesdays in summer (2015) is discount day for tickets.
Posted Aug 12, 2015 1:22 am

Larry LavertyEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2015

Larry Laverty

A former skier, I enjoyed wandering under and around the lifts. Part of my route was on the trail, part on the straightest line. Loved the view from this highpoint. Then on to Needle Peak and back.
Posted May 30, 2015 2:49 am

BCLGranite Chief Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2014


Granite Chief Trail. More scenic than expected. On to Lyon afterward.
Posted Jul 5, 2014 5:25 pm

seanoFrom Tinker Knob  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2014


Followed the PCT part-way, then wandered up the ridge. Kind of disappointing being so close to the ski lifts. Trip report.
Posted May 29, 2014 3:02 pm

trexkerryGranite/Needle/Lyon from Squaw Valley  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2013
Fun traverse of Granite Chief, Needle Peak and Lyon Peak from the firehouse trailhead in Squaw Valley. Trip report at http://www.mountainhiker.org/trip_report.aspx?id=107
Posted Oct 21, 2013 1:17 am

wmollandAlong with Tinker  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2013


A solid dayhike with Tinker Knob from the trailhead in Squaw. Nice views and a good day out.
Posted Sep 17, 2013 11:41 pm

Darialoop hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2013


With Silver Peak and Squaw peak for a loop hike. Saw the first ever porcupine I've ever seen in the wilds on this hike!
Posted Jul 29, 2013 1:43 pm

JHH60From Squaw Valley  Sucess!


Hiked up the mountain at least twice, not quite sure of the dates other than the it was early summer and still a bit snowy the second time, and I remember practicing self arrest on a steep snowy patch.
Posted May 28, 2013 9:17 pm

JonathanHeywoodGreat Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2012
Took the Shirley Canyon Trail to Shirley Lake and then bushwacked to the summit. Descended via the Granite Chief Trail.
Posted Aug 22, 2012 8:53 pm

NoonduelerUnbeatable!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2012


Took the tram up with Cedar to save wear and tear on my injured knee. A perfect day! Warm temps., clear views, hardly any wind, snowy Desolation peaks to the south and wild flowers.
Tagged a fun class 3 crag at the pass on the way back then killer smoked pizza at Fireside in the village after the hike.
Posted Jun 19, 2012 2:52 am

GlennDWhere's the snow?!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 12, 2012


Not enough snow at squaw to make skiing worthwhile, so hiked up Granite Chief instead. Some snow cover along the PCT but trail was easy to follow. Great weather and views at the top.
Posted Jan 15, 2012 7:30 pm

scoobx-country from west  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2008


we didn't take the easy way. parking at talbot campground on the west side, we hiked several miles into granite chief wilderness. after which we went x-country following the middle fork drainage to the back of squaw valley. the pacific crest trail took us to base of peak, we continued to summit setting up a bivy there. we spent a good night watching fireworks from the summit. nice...
Posted Aug 19, 2011 5:14 am

mengboGranite Chief to Squaw Valley Resort  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 14, 2011


Full trial without snowshoes or crampons. Ice axe was used on last 100 feet. After summit, we hiked to Squaw valley ski resort and followed one of the ski lift down hill. About 1/2 miles to the village, Bo magically survived from a big drop off. It was very cool to ride on a patrol's snowmobile for the last 1/2 mile.
Posted May 15, 2011 1:14 am

SKISkied Squaw  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2010


Boot Packed up from the lift. Tough runs!
Posted Jan 7, 2011 9:01 am

MiroslavaFrom Olympic Village  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2010


Summitted on the second attempt. On our first trip two weeks prior there was too much snow on trail.
I really enjoyed being there and did not want to leave. My mother kept saying that it was getting late and we needed to go back. I did not understand why we had to go back so soon. Took the gondola on the way down.
Posted Jul 28, 2010 5:15 pm

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