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Free Guided Hikes

Join one of Squaw’s experienced hiking guides for a memorable mountain experience. You will start out from the top of Squaw Valley’s Aerial Tram at High Camp (elevation 8200’) to begin your adventure. In addition to the spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains, take in the beauty of the meadow wild flowers exploding into bloom.  Hiking trails abound for all levels of ability.

Our guides will share their knowledge of the area from the history of Squaw Valley to the flora and fauna you will encounter. 

 

Free Guided Hikes

Squaw Valley's free guided hikes on the 1.5 mile High Camp Interpretive Trail leave two times per day Friday-Sunday from High Camp.  Hikes depart High Camp at 12:30pm and 2:30pm, weather and conditions permitting.  Hikes will be based on group ability and size.  Some trails are “sport” type stroller friendly.  Sturdy shoes, water, sunscreen and a camera are highly recommended.  Groups of ten or more please call in advance for space availability 530-452-7273.

 

Days Time Leaves High Camp Cost
Monday - Thursday 12:30pm FREE (with purchase of Aerial Tram ticket)
Friday - Sunday 12:30pm and 2:30pm FREE (with purchase of Aerial Tram ticket)

All hikes depart from the lawn at High Camp.  Hike difficulty will be based on the group ability and size. 
 

Special Guided Hikes

Squaw Valley has partnered with the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) to offer you hikes focusing on birds, geology, and wildflowers!

 

Hike Dates/Days Difficulty/Elevation Gain Times Cost
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch Hunt June 22 Easy - mostly rolling starting at 8200' 9:20am-1:00pm Free (with purchase of Aerial Tram ticket)

An outing specifically searching for Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, a charismatic bird that nests at Tahoe's highest elevations. Many other species are possible at High Camp, including Golden Eagles, American Pipits, Mountain Bluebirds, and Brewer's Sparrows. This outing will focus more on alpine birds than on covering terrain, but we may have to hike around a bit to find the rosy-finches. Will Richardson will lead. Bring binoculars, water, snacks, and sunscreen, and dress appropriately.

         
High Camp Hike with a Naturalist July 13 Easy - approx. 1 mile, mostly rolling starting at 8200' 10:40am-1:00pm Free (with purchase of Aerial Tram ticket)
A naturalist hike out of Squaw Valley's High Camp focusing on birds, geology, and wildflowers. We will take in the views and discuss whatever natural history stories we come across. TINS co-founder Will Richardson will lead the hike. Bring water, snacks, and sunscreen, and dress appropriately.
         
High Camp Geology Hike August 10 Easy - approx. 1 mile, mostly rolling starting at 8200' 10:40am-1:00pm Free (with purchase of Aerial Tram ticket)

A geology hike out of Squaw Valley's High Camp that focus on the geologic phenomena visible around and from High Camp and also address any birds, wildflowers, whatever other natural history stories we come across. Sierra Nevada College professor Andy Rost and TINS co-founder Will Richardson will co-lead the hike. Bring water, snacks, and sunscreen, and dress appropriately.

 

 

For all special guided hikes, meet at Aerial Tram building. Please arrive a few minutes early to purchase tram ticket and meet the group. Registration is limited to 25 participants; please contact Will Richardson at will@tinsweb.org or 530-587-6895 for registration or more information.

Tahoe Institute for Natural Science members receive $10 discount off Aerial Tram tickets.  Please be prepared to show membership upon arrival.

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