Best trails in Granite Chief Wilderness, California

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Looking for a great trail in Granite Chief Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in Granite Chief Wilderness ranging from 7.3 to 14.2 miles and from 5,659 to 7,821 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Whisky Creek Camp Trail
Granite Chief Wilderness
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 6 m
#2 - Five Lakes Trail to Five Lakes Creek Trail
Granite Chief Wilderness
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 5 h 29 m
#3 - Alpine Meadows to Squaw Valley
Granite Chief Wilderness
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Length: 11.0 mi • Est. 6 h 16 m
Note: The term squaw is considered universally offensive by Indigenous groups in America due to its use for hundreds of years in a derogatory context. Indigenous activists have continued to work both locally and in more general educational efforts, to rename the locations across North America that contain the slur, as well as to eliminate the slur from the lexicon in general. See here for more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw#Efforts_to_rename_placenames_and_terms_with_squaw_in_them Delving into the isolated headwaters canyon of the American River's middle fork, this ambitious day hike through the Granite Chief Wilderness offers alpine scenery, lofty views of Lake Tahoe, and forest solitude. With a campsite at Whiskey Creek, it also makes a good overnighter. This is a point-to-point hike with a shuttle option. Show more
#4 - Diamond Crossing via Powder Horn Trail
Granite Chief Wilderness
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 32 m
To unnamed water fall above Five Lakes Creek at Bear Pen Creek. Was part of Temporary PCT at one time. Now, not maintained, but beautiful hike.Show more
#5 - Picayune Valley Trail
Granite Chief Wilderness
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Length: 14.2 mi • Est. 7 h 17 m