Emigrant Crag east side
From Emigrant Crag east side
This is a small easily accessible crag (unnamed on topo) just south of Emigrant Pass on the Sierra Crest above Squaw Valley in the Lake Tahoe Basin. It is a ridgeline outcrop composed of stable metavolcanic rock intruded by granite. The east and west sides are class 3 in places. The north and south ends are class 4. The summit ridge is a jumble of class 3 blocks. It could be a short fun diversion for a hiker from the pass or anyone stringing together a day of peaks in the area.
From I 80 in Truckee take Hwy. 89 south 9 miles to Squaw Valley.
From Tahoe City take 89 north 5.5 miles to Squaw Valley.
Take the road into Squaw Valley 2.5 miles to the big (free) parking lot across from the fire station. The Shirley Canyon trail starts at the right front corner of the fire station.
Watson Monument and Emigrant CragFrom Squaw Valley:
Take the Shirley Canyon Trail about 2.5 miles up to Shirley Lake Shirley Lake. From past the lake take the Shirley Lake Road 1 mile to the Siberia Ridge Road. Take the Siberia Ridge Road staying to the right .7 miles up to Emigrant Pass with the Watson Monument. Emigrant Crag is obvious a few hundred yards up to the left with a use trail going to the left or you can scramble around the right side as well. In either case look for class 3 sections going to the top along the way.
From High Camp via the tram
: Take the Siberia Ridge Road 1 mile staying to the right up to Emigrant Pass.
This is the easier approach eliminating 7 miles and 2,000' from the hike.
Granite Chief from Emigrant Crag
There are no permits required for this day hike.
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When to Climb
Squaw Peak from Emigrant Crag
May to October are best times depending on the snow.
Looking toward Lake Tahoe from the Siberia Ridge Road
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Current weather and 5 day forecast
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