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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.

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Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows to Open for the 2019-20 Winter Season on Friday, November 15

Intermediate terrain opening on Kangaroo trail at Alpine Meadows – Beginner terrain, snow tubing to open at SnoVentures Activity Zone at Squaw Valley Sierra Rec Magazine – [Olympic Valley, Calif.] Nov. 12, 2019— After weeks of preparation and snowmaking at every opportunity, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will celebrate Opening Day for the 2019-20 season on Friday, Nov. 15 with skiing, riding, snow tubing and swag giveaways. Guests will have access to intermediate terrain on Kangaroo trail at Alpine Meadows and beginner terrain and snow tubing at SnoVentures Activity Zone at Squaw Valley. The Squaw Kids area will also be open for children’s lessons. Lifts will spin...

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Top 50 Sierra Destinations

In honor of My 50th Birthday I give You My 50 Favorite Sierra Locations I have been Blessed to Visit Sierra Rec Magazine Exclusive – Charlie Pankey – November 9, 2019 – Ok so I am no spring chicken any longer, but I have had a blessed couple years of exploring the natural wonders of the Sierra and I have no plans of stopping anytime soon. My 50th Birthday is a time to celebrate the many blessings that God has granted me including a great family and good friends to share my experiences with along the way. As I...

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Holiday Trees on the Tahoe National Forest

Nevada City, Calif. – Keep the family tradition alive this year or start a new one by cutting a tree for the holidays in the Tahoe National Forest! Experience cool mountain air, the forest floor crunching beneath your boots, and finding that perfect tree in a hidden glade…All of these moments await those who purchase a Holiday Tree Cutting Permit for only $10.00 from the Tahoe National Forest or other vendors. Holiday Tree Cutting Permits are available at all locations below beginning November 12, 2019. Fourth graders can obtain a FREE Tahoe National Forest Holiday Tree Cutting Permit by presenting an Every Kid Outdoors...

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SNOWMAKING BEGINS IN TAHOE, OPENING DAY CELEBRATIONS SET FOR HEAVENLY, NORTHSTAR AND KIRKWOOD

Heavenly began making snow yesterday morning using the largest snowmaking system on the West Coast of the United States. Northstar and Kirkwood will follow soon on Friday, Nov. 1. TAHOE, Calif. — Oct. 28, 2019 – Cold temperatures and dry air have created ideal conditions for making snow in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort all plan to take advantage of this week’s cool weather window to build a solid base for the upcoming 2019-20 winter season.Heavenly turned on their snowmaking machines at 9 a.m. on Sunday, activating the largest snowmaking...

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Celebrating 50 Years of Preservation, Recreation and Education In Desolation Wilderness

Once Known Simply As The “Devils Valley” Desolation Wilderness Turns 50! Sierra Rec Magazine, October 2019 – In 1969, the Lake Tahoe Region became home to Americas newest Wilderness Area, Desolation Wilderness. A 64,000 acre plot of land once called the “Devils Valley” inhabited only by the Washoe and set aside as the Desolation Valley Primitive Area in 1931. Desolation Wilderness in 50 years has become one of the most visited wilderness areas in the United States. With the proximity to Lake Tahoe and the easy of access provided by numerous trailheads from every side of the wilderness boundary,...

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