Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Lat/Lon: 39.18064°N / 120.26971°W
County: Placer
Activities: Hiking, Skiing
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Elevation: 8885 ft / 2708 m


Fireweed and Squaw Peak
Fireweed and Squaw Peak

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.

Getting There

Toward Lake Tahoe from Squaw Peak 8,885
Squaw Peak summit looking toward Lake Tahoe
From Hwy. 89 in Truckee go south 9 miles to Squaw Valley.
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.


Toward Lake Tahoe from above Squaw Valley
Toward Lake Tahoe from the Siberia Ridge Road
From the Valley floor at the village: Go into the village to the left (south) side of the tram building and take the Thunder Mountain Trail about 2 miles up to the 2nd crossing of the Summer Road. Go a short distance on the Summer Road and take the Headwall Road to the left as it curves up and to the right below Squaw Peak. At the crest go left on the Siberia Ridge Road which goes around the back of the peak and up to the top. (2,850' gain)

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.

Red Tape

Squaw Valley from the Siberia Ridge Road
Squaw Valley from Squaw Peak
There are no permits required for day hikes.
From tram prices and schedules click here.

When to Climb

North from Squaw Peak
North from Squaw Peak
May to October are best times to hike.


Toward Lake Tahoe from the Siberia Ridge Road
Toward Lake Tahoe from the Siberia Ridge Road
Click here for Squaw Valley campsites. Of course the place is packed with resorts as well.

Squaw Valley weather forecast

For current weather and 5 day forecast click here