Donner Pass to Squaw Valley Via the Pacific Crest Trail

MODERATE 11 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, California 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
2696 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash




nature trips

rock climbing

trail running




wild flowers


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.

6 months ago

Beautiful! Want to go again!

6 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous! Labor Day weekend - Due to late snowmelt all varieties of wild flowers were visible along the trail at all stages. 3rd time hiking this trail and it never disappoints. It's long, a full day activity and the downhill always feels like it lasts forever

8 months ago

Hiked this July 3rd. Still quite a lot of snow. Bring ice picks or metal spikes, and good hiking shoes. Took us longer than previous time we hiked because of the snow.

Friday, September 23, 2016

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.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Incredible views, wildflowers were abundant!

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Monday, July 18, 2016