Top Adventures in Olympic Valley

  • Backpack Granite Chief (2 Days)

    Heading out on the Granite Chief Trail, you'll start with a challenging 3.5 mile hike to meet up with the Pacific Crest Trail. During this part of the trek, you'll gain approximately 2,000ft. The good news is that most of this hike is forested, so...

    14 miles

  • Hike the Thunder Mountain Trail

    The Thunder Mountain Trail is the perfect hike to explore the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. Squaw may be famed for its mountain ski runs in the winter, but when the snow melts in the summer, beautiful alpine meadows line the mountain and the ski ru...

    3.2 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Hike the Shirley Canyon Cascades Trail

    This trail has lots of elevation over a short distance, be warned! The Shirley Canyon Cascades Trail is close to Olympic Valley in the North Lake Tahoe region. Dogs are allowed on this trail if kept on leash. 

    3.6 miles 2109 ft gain

  • Hike to Lake Estelle and Five Lakes

    This hike starts at Alpine Meadows Base Camp and finishes on Alpine Meadows Road. The end point is less than a half mile from the base, and an easy walk up a slight hill. Park at base camp and head on the trail to the far right of all of the lifts...

    6 miles 1000 ft gain

  • The Five Lakes Hike

    The Five Lakes Trail is located in the Granite Chief Wilderness in between Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley ski resorts and is easily accessible at the intersection of Alpine Meadows and Deer Park roads. The 5-mile moderate trail ascends approxima...

  • Ski Outer Outer Limits at Alpine Meadows

    Starting off of Lakeview chair at Alpine Meadows, head to the far right towards the sign for Outer Limits run. Traverse across the run and past the Ski Area Boundary signs on the far side. Continue through the trees where you will find a series of...

  • Ride Twin Peaks in Lake Tahoe's Backcountry

    This trip is best done in two days with an approach day and then a descent day. Get started at the base of the Sherwood Chair on the backside of the Alpine ski area. Head up, outside of the ski area boundary toward the high ridge.Once on the ridge...

  • Photograph the Lupine at Lake Forest Beach

    A quick walk through Lake Forest Beach in Tahoe City, California provides unparalleled opportunities to photograph expansive fields of lupine. These brilliant purple wildflowers cover the lowland shore of this public beach each summer, typically s...

  • Camp at William Kent Campground

    William Kent Campground is a few miles south of Tahoe City on Lake Tahoe's western shore. Access to the lake is just a short walk from the campground. The campground provides bathrooms, campfire rings, a trash dump station, firewood vendor, grills...

    6282 ft gain

  • Camp at Kaspian Campground

    Kaspian Campground is a short walk from the shores of Lake Tahoe, less than 10 miles from popular Meeks Bay. The campsites are relatively private and are surrounded by pine and fir trees. Each campsite has a fire ring, grill, and picnic table. The...

    6298 ft gain

  • Explore Carnelian Bay

    Located on the northwest side of Lake Tahoe, Carnelian Bay is a fun place to spend the afternoon. However, there is no sand at Carnelian Bay as the ground is all large rocks. It's a great place to go swimming or SUPing in the summer, and it has a ...

  • Hike to Eagle Rock

    Starting at an outcrop off Highway 89 in Tahoe Pines, hikers make their way up the trail through a gradually sloping forest. Climbing rocks and logs, it is strenuous at times but only takes about 15-20 minutes to accomplish. Once at the top, the e...

    1.5 miles 250 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Olympic Valley, California

      Squaw Creek Corner Suite With Sweeping Valley View

      This beautifully remodeled 2BR/2BA rental is one of the most sought-after units at the Resort at Squaw Creek - rated by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the nation’s Top 5 Resort Spas. Located on the ...

      From $100/night

    • Olympic Valley, California

      Squaw Creek Corner Unit Suite With Wraparound View

      This beautifully remodeled 1BR with separate living room, dining area, and kitchenette is one of the most sought-after units at the Resort at Squaw Creek -- rated by Conde Nast Traveler as one of t...

      From $78/night

    • Olympic Valley, California

      2 Queens Valley View Unit Resort At Squaw Creek

      This recently remodeled studio unit has two queen beds and direct views of the pool, golf course, and ski hill at the Resort at Squaw Creek - Rated by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the nation’s To...

      From $78/night

    • Olympic Valley, California

      Resort At Squaw Creek King 1 Br W/ Valley Views

      This recently remodeled 1BR unit offers views of the pool, golf course, and ski slopes at Squaw Valley. Located at the Resort at Squaw Creek -- rated by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the nation’s T...

      From $78/night

    • Olympic Valley, California

      Luxe Squaw Creek Corner Unit With Epic Views

      This recently remodeled 3BR/3BA condo is one of the most sought-after units at the Resort at Squaw Creek, complete with an oversize corner floor plan and wraparound windows. There are very few 3BR...

      From $222/night

    • Olympic Valley, California

      Alpine Meadows Chalet

      Carving through soft powder, taking in the sweeping views as you hike beneath beautiful Jeffrey Pines, sipping that fresh morning cup of coffee while the crisp blue water reflects off the lake. Whe...

      From $240/night

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