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Granite Chief


Granite Chief Wilderness

Located on the west shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe, Granite Chief was designated a wilderness area in 1984 due to its pristine nature, natural beauty and abundant recreational opportunities. The scenery is incredible over the 25,680 acres of primitive land that can be viewed from the numerous 9,000 foot granite peaks.  An ideal preserve to check out if you find yourself in the Lake Tahoe region.


  • 25,680 acres
  • Spectacular granite peaks, sub alpine forest
  • Managed by the Tahoe National Forest
  • Alost entirely in the headwaters of the Middle Fork American watershed

How to Get Here:

From I-80 East: Take exit 185 onto 89 south.

Trailheads are accessible from Highway 89 on the west shore of Lake Tahoe via Alpine Meadows Road, Squaw Valley Road, Ward Creek Boulevard, Blackwood Canyon Road, and Barker Pass Road. Many of the trailheads and trails accessing the wilderness are on private land. Please respect the rights of landowners

What to do:

Backpacking, camping and hiking – From multi day treks on the Pacific Crest Trail to half day excursions to the pristine alpine lakes, this area offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities. For the more extreme cold weather adventurer; snow camping, snowshoeing and alpine touring are some methods of exploring this area in the winter months.


No permit necessary!


Spring to fall for hiking. Note: Depending on the snow pack some trails may be closed in the spring and due to the long winter season here in the sierras. Plan ahead and check the temperatures!

Local Tip: Be “Bear aware.”

Don’t let this scare you from checking out this beautiful alpine landscape,  but be respectful of this curious creature while exploring their habitat. Use a bear canister for food, trash and anything scented.

Resources: – maps!.