Squaw Peak is the prominent flat top mountain on the Sierra crest 3 miles southwest of the southwest end of Squaw Valley. The peak was possibly as much as 9,000' but the summit area was leveled by the FAA in the 1960's to install a radio range for airline navigation. The north face chutes known as "The Palisades" drop off precipitously for advanced skiers.
The views are good all around. To the south the Desolation Wilderness Peaks grace the horizon. There is a birds eye view down to the High Camp area and Squaw Valley as well as Lake Tahoe beyond. To the north is Granite Chief, Tinker Knob and others. West is the Mildred Ridge and Mildred Peak above French Meadows all in the Tahoe National Forest.
From Tahoe City go north on 89 5.2 miles to Squaw Valley. Go west along the Squaw Valley road 2.3 miles to the big parking lot across from the Fire station.
From High Camp: Take the Siberia Ridge Road 1.9 miles to the top of Squaw Peak. (844' gain)
The easiest approach is by taking the tram from the village up to High Camp. This shortens the hike by about 3 miles and 2,000' of gain.
From tram prices and schedules click here.