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.
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.
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.
Hiked from Squaw. Very pretty hike. Cool area.
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.
Hot day, but nice hike.
Returned in 2012 and also climbed Needle.
First of 5 peaks - Granite Chief, Needle, Lyon, Tinker Knob & Anderson. Pretty grandiose name for such a nondescript peak.
Day 3 Sierra Challenge alternate peak.
Cut some distance/gain off using the very expensive and one way tram before heading to Tinker Knob.
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.
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.
Granite Chief Trail. More scenic than expected. On to Lyon afterward.
Followed the PCT part-way, then wandered up the ridge. Kind of disappointing being so close to the ski lifts. Trip report.
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
A solid dayhike with Tinker Knob from the trailhead in Squaw. Nice views and a good day out.
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!
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.
Took the Shirley Canyon Trail to Shirley Lake and then bushwacked to the summit. Descended via the Granite Chief Trail.
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.
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.