Category: Granite Chief Wilderness

The headwaters of the American River, this wilderness is an isolated pristine Sierra landscape only a short distance from the Lake Tahoe basin.

Designated as a wilderness area in 1984 to protect is natural beauty, the Granite Chief Wilderness encompasses glacier carved valleys, red fir forests, granite formations, and pristine mountain meadows. Several major streams drain the area, and the northwest section of the Wilderness is part of the French Meadows Game Refuge.

The area is served by a substantial trail system used by both hikers and equestrians. Most of the use originates from the east or Lake Tahoe side because of the ease of access and because of the population and recreation visitor base.

The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the area north-south for about 21 miles along the eastern boundary passing through Five Lakes Basin. The Five Lakes Trail crosses near the middle of the Wilderness, and from the Basin, follows Five Lakes Creek for about nine miles to Hell Hole Reservoir. Away from Five Lakes, the Wilderness receives light human use, a great attraction for solitude seekers.

Elevations in the Granite Chief range from 5000-foot valleys to 9000-foot peaks. Summers are typically warm and dry, though nighttime temperatures can be cold and afternoon thunderstorms often build over the mountains.

23 Great High Sierra Hikes

23 Great High Sierra Trail Hikes Throughout the Sierra Sierra Trails, picturesque, challenging, and often unseen be the millions of visitors to the Sierra each year. The High Sierra Lakes and Trails are what dreams are made of if your like hiking in the back-country or discovering some of the most beautiful natural pools of water on the earth. Some of these trails are limited access as you need a permit to travel through and stay overnight in many of these areas, however others the only limitation is time and effort. Thanks to great resources found at highseirratrails.com here...

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Forest Service Hosts Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Open House in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

Anyone Interested In Off-highway Vehicle Recreation Access In The Tahoe Basin invited To Attend SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., Feb. 11, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will host an open house in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, to provide information and seek public input on our annual California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division grant applications. The OHMVR applications request funding for trail maintenance and operation of facilities for off-highway vehicle access in the Tahoe Basin. The open house will take place in the Emerald Bay Room at...

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Red Bull Raid Levels Up And Returns to Squaw Valley In 2020 | April 3-4

First Of Its Kind, Red Bull Raid Levels Up And Returns to Squaw Valley In 2020 Human Powered Ski And Splitboard Event Combines Speed And Form In Uphill Battle Olympic Valley, CA. (FEB 11, 2020) – Red Bull Raid, the only freeride event in the United States that blends the endurance aspect of competitive uphill ski mountaineering with the technical, progressive style of big-mountain riding, will return to Squaw Valley on the weekend of April 3-4, featuring a newly introduced weather window over the two days to optimize conditions and travel needs for athletes.  With 75 of the finest backcountry...

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Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog AND Granite Chief Wilderness Protected IN NEW Base-to-Base Gondola AGREEMENT

[OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif.] Feb. 10, 2020 – Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows (Squaw Alpine) and Granite Chief Wilderness Protection League (the League) last week announced that they have reached a comprehensive agreement to dismiss the League’s lawsuit against the approval of the Squaw Alpine Base-to-Base Gondola. The agreement details protection measures for Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog habitat and for the nearby Granite Chief Wilderness Area.  Specifically, the agreement conserves potential habitat for the Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog and provides funding for its monitoring, research, and potential re-establishment. The agreement also provides funding for the conservation of lands within the...

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Sierra-at-Tahoe to Wed 14 Couples this Valentine’s Day

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – January 30, 2020 – Set to take place on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020, Sierra-at-Tahoe will host the first ever Great Sierra Elopement. On this special day, 14 couples will have the opportunity to say, “I Do,” at 8,852’ atop of 360 Smokehouse BBQ (conditions permitting), featuring panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Peak, Huckleberry Canyon + the Lovers Leap area. Sierra’s own, in-house officiants will be directing the nuptials, while also providing each couple with a photo to commemorate the moment as well as a complimentary beverage before taking their first lap as a...

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America’s Top Young Nordic Skiers to Compete in Truckee-Tahoe for National Titles in the 2020 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Junior Cross Country National Championships

Largest junior XC competition in US will crown Junior National Champions in 4 events ● More than 1,000 athletes, coaches, volunteers, and spectators expected ● Races held March 9-14 at the ASC Training Center on Donner Summit ● Opening Ceremonies March 8 at Squaw Valley SODA SPRINGS, Calif. — More than 400 of the country’s elite cross-country skiers and future Olympic hopefuls ages 14-19 will gather here in March to compete in the 2020 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Junior XC National Championships. Races will be held Monday, March 9 through Saturday, March 14th at the ASC Training Center (ASCTC)...

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