Looking for a great trail in Granite Chief Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, trail running 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 4 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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One of my favorites

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blowdown
no shade
off trail
over grown
private property
rocky
23 days ago

All downhill on the way in, uphill on the way back. Great wildflowers, even in September. Very little use so you likely won’t see anyone else. Spectacular old growth trees which you don’t see often in Tahoe. Volcanic floes and numerous post-piles. Many birds. Very different from the usual Tahoe hike.

Trail was good but ended up in a residential area. Ugh!

hiking
private property
1 month ago

The trail is big in most places and easy to follow. There’s plenty of room for the heavy traffic we came across. The elevation change is pretty easy and we are beginner backpackers. There’s plenty of shade after the first mile and a half or so. The lakes are cool and refreshing right now, and there are plenty of areas to enjoy. The trail before the last lake was pretty crowded but after the turn off we didn’t see many people all the way to the cabins at whiskey creek camp. The camp itself is spacious with plenty of flat spots and trees for shade. We didn’t really have a problem with mosquitos. Definitely worth doing again. Maybe continue on to Diamond crossing or maybe Pikayune valley.

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bugs
2 months ago

Driving here is an experience on its own, but it is totally worth it. The trail itself is not super exciting. It is relatively easy to walk on and pretty flat. The views of the valley are gorgeous! There are a few waterfalls to see, but most are off-trail so it's a fun area to explore. There is even a few beautiful swimming holes and jumping opportunities if you look hard enough :)

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bugs
no shade
private property
rocky
2 months ago

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scramble
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is well maintained and well marked. It is a good climb and mostly exposed up to the summit. Out to Whiskey Creek, you are about half and half, on the overhead cover. The crowds fade away after the 5 Lakes turn off.

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snow
3 months ago

The trail up to five lakes is in good shape. However, for about a mile starting at the first lake as you hike west/southwest to link up with the PCT there is still a lot of snow on the trail. Also, the creek just before the cabin/trail end is impassable due to heavy snow melt. Maybe you’d be willing to take off boots and pants to wade across but we weren’t...

Picayune Valley is beautiful and remote. To access from the east, or to hike a loop thru the valley, there is a path from the Tevis Cup Trail. More info including GPS track: https://paulvandervoort.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/tevis-cup-trail-to-picayune-valley-x-c-path/ Here's a post of a day hike using this path 7-20-2019 (Note: This was during the Wanderlust Festival at Squaw Valley; so the tram ran with free downloads late into the evening): https://weekendwanderluster.blogspot.com/2019/07/picayune-valley-placer-county-california.html

backpacking
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

I have hiked this trail for the last 9 years with my grandfather. Of all the trails I've hiked this is by far my favorite.

backpacking
Sunday, August 26, 2018

took my 2 year old here for her first backpacking trip. Did not disappoint! Waterfalls, creek crossings, meadows, wildflowers, petroglyphs, it was so gorgeous!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

I’ve hiked this trail many times over the years. Very beautiful and fairly easy for beginning hikers.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Just a note- dogs are not allowed into the wilderness area on this trail May 15-July 15. Also- be sure to make noise- we had a moma Bear with her cub cross the trail in front of us!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Very scenic. Tons of flowers. Nice waterfall.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I love this trail. we were unable to cross the river at the middle fork junction because of the heavy winter. We also encountered a brown bear from about 100 yards away, but it is expected being that it is a desolate hiking trail. Recommend taking a weapon or bear spray. We also camped at Talbot and it was very pleasant. We were the only ones there and it was a very enjoyable experience.

running
Saturday, July 04, 2015

Nice trail to a pretty valley, but it is way out there. Parking is at Talbot campground and at a day use area just before the campground. For trail running, it's mostly a non technical trail and a lot of fun on the way back. In the meadows in the valley during mid summer the trail may not be visible in parts because it can be totally overgrown. There's a couple of stream crossings, and a use trail to a small pool before you cross the MF (the pool is upstream of the crossing), which would be a nice spot for a break.

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