Ascent of Granite Chief on 1994-06-28

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Tuesday, June 28, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Granite Chief
    Elevation:9006 ft / 2745 m

Ascent Trip Report

Granite Chief lies about 2 1/2 miles west of the famous Squaw Valley ski area. In the summer months the aerial tramway can be used to shorten the hike and make it easier to include a climb of other peaks such as nearby Needle Peak or Tinker Knob. The $12.00 tram ride (June, 1994 price) starts at 6,200 ft. and ends at 8,200 ft. at the upper restaurant/bath complex. The first tram up is at 9:40 AM. To confirm prices or departure times call Squaw Valley at: (916) 583-6955. From the upper complex the peak is visible to the west and the hike on good trails takes about one hour. The PCT runs along the east side of the peak and this can be followed north to Tinker Knob which takes about 2 1/4 hrs. to reach. On the way, and about 1 1/2 miles north of Granite Chief, there is a signed junction with trail 15E23 which descends 3.8 miles to the Squaw Valley parking lot. This route along with more complete information is described in "California County Summits", by Gary Suttle, p. 119. 6/94 RLC
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