Donner Pass to Squaw Valley Via the Pacific Crest Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews

Donner Pass to Squaw Valley Via the Pacific Crest Trail is a 14.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Norden, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

14.2 miles 2999 feet Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Classic North Tahoe hike along the crest of the Sierra Nevada. Because much of the hike is pretty high elevation you have to wait until the summer to allow the snow to melt. There are a few sidetracks along the way if, such as Anderson Peak, and Ticker's Knob. There is no real trail to the peak or Anderson Peak, just some rock scrambling. The same with Ticker's Knob. After leaving Ticker's Knob you drop down to the westside of the crest to the headwaters of the American River. Then back up to the crest and down the Granite Chief Trail to Squaw Valley.

2 months ago

Not much water along the way, especially late in the season. We did it with 2 dogs and 1 inexperienced hiker in a little over 7 hours. Shuttling cars can be a pain, but worth it.

4 months ago

Was blown away by the windflowers. This is the longest hike I've complete in one day. Felt great all day but the last climb to the top of emigrant peak kicked my butt. Views were amazing throughout the hike. Next time I will choose the granite chief cutoff the the base of Squaw valley.

4 months ago

Incredible views, wildflowers were abundant!