Granite Chief Climber's Log

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birdhead - Aug 7, 2022 9:56 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2022

Granite Chief Trail to PCT  Sucess!

Followed the Granite Chief trail to the PCT and found a good use trail to the summit. Followed the west ridge over to Needle Peak. Descended via the Squaw ski slopes and then down Shirley Canyon. Hit up In-N-Out and Knee Deep in Auburn afterward!


colingregory - Aug 6, 2021 9:20 am Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2021

Dayhike  Sucess!

Last year during fire season we forced a backpack from Donner over Anderson, Tinker Knob, and then Granite Chief on Day 2. From GC, we looked out over the ridge and decided to save the fun traverse for a clearer day. Less than a year later we shamelessly took the tram up to save some climbing and quickly made it back up to Granite Chief for a second time. From here the traverse wasn't as straightforward as expected, but it wasn't technical by any means. Once over at Needle, found the easy class 2/3 way up and finally completed the walk up to Lyon. Instead of going back over the ridge, we dropped down to the trail and would suggest that to anyone thinking about it! The little lightning of the day caused Squaw to close the Tram and we had to jog down to our car. A fun day coming back for skipped peaks.

Scott Fulton

Scott Fulton - Jul 3, 2021 8:43 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2021

Longer than expected  Sucess!

This hike reminded me of just how huge Squaw Valley is. The only time before this that I had been on the summit was when snowboarding and hiking up to the summit from top of Granite Chief chair. Going up that stretch today was much harder than I remember. I got caught in a lightning storm toward the bottom.


colingregory - Aug 31, 2020 9:21 am Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2020

Backpack  Sucess!

Backpacked from Lake Mary the day before, came over Anderson and Tinker Knob. Did not go for Needle and Lyon as the smoke was getting to us, I guess I'll have to come back here someday.


hgrapid - Dec 17, 2019 12:31 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2008

Great peak  Sucess!

Hiked from Squaw. Very pretty hike. Cool area.


ozarkmac - Nov 7, 2015 10:33 am

From 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.


Fairweather - Oct 27, 2015 12:30 am Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2010

From Squaw Valley x2  Sucess!

Hot day, but nice hike.
Returned in 2012 and also climbed Needle.


cab - Oct 5, 2015 11:55 am Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2015

From Squaw Valley  Sucess!

First of 5 peaks - Granite Chief, Needle, Lyon, Tinker Knob & Anderson. Pretty grandiose name for such a nondescript peak.


ScottHanson - Aug 30, 2015 6:55 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2015

from Olympic Village trlhd  Sucess!

Day 3 Sierra Challenge alternate peak.


bechtt - Aug 21, 2015 2:49 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2015

Tram then PCT  Sucess!

Cut some distance/gain off using the very expensive and one way tram before heading to Tinker Knob.


davidsanger - Aug 12, 2015 1:22 am Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2015

quick afternoon via tram  Sucess!

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.

Larry Laverty

Larry Laverty - May 30, 2015 2:49 am Date Climbed: May 29, 2015

East Ridge  Sucess!

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.


BCL - Jul 5, 2014 5:25 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2014

Granite Chief Trail  Sucess!

Granite Chief Trail. More scenic than expected. On to Lyon afterward.


seano - May 29, 2014 3:02 pm Date Climbed: May 15, 2014

From Tinker Knob  Sucess!

Followed the PCT part-way, then wandered up the ridge. Kind of disappointing being so close to the ski lifts. Trip report.

trexkerry - Oct 21, 2013 1:17 am Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2013

Granite/Needle/Lyon from Squaw Valley  Sucess!

Fun traverse of Granite Chief, Needle Peak and Lyon Peak from the firehouse trailhead in Squaw Valley. Trip report at


wmolland - Sep 17, 2013 11:41 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2013

Along with Tinker  Sucess!

A solid dayhike with Tinker Knob from the trailhead in Squaw. Nice views and a good day out.


Daria - Jul 29, 2013 1:43 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2013

loop hike  Sucess!

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!


JHH60 - May 28, 2013 9:17 pm

From 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.

JonathanHeywood - Aug 22, 2012 8:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2012

Great Loop  Sucess!

Took the Shirley Canyon Trail to Shirley Lake and then bushwacked to the summit. Descended via the Granite Chief Trail.


Noondueler - Jun 19, 2012 2:52 am Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2012

Unbeatable!  Sucess!

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.

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