Explore a secluded wilderness just minutes from Lake Tahoe! Granite Chief Wilderness lies within the Tahoe National Forest, four miles west of Lake Tahoe and just south of Squaw Valley Ski Area. The wilderness encompasses the headwaters of the American River.
The 25,700-acre Granite Chief Wilderness is a scenic and diverse area with forests, meadows and exposed rock. The terrain varies from granite cliffs to glaciated valleys. Still undiscovered by tourists, Granite Chief is one of Lake Tahoe´s best kept secrets.
Granite Chief gives you the opportunity to explore Tahoe´s backcountry without the crowds. Backpack into the wilderness to camp beside alpine lakes and meadows. Enjoy swimming and fishing in area lakes and streams as well as off-trail day hikes that teach orienteering skills and lead you to beautiful views of the entire Tahoe basin and beyond. Share campfire stories and s'mores.
Experience the rhythm of life away from modern civilization, following the cycles of nature.
An adventure to Granite Chief can be combined with a day of rafting the American River. Please visit the American River destination page for more info.