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Description - This area offers hiking and horseback riding through Squaw Valley on the Granite Chief trail. The Pacific Crest Trail provides several side hikes to Tinker Knob and and Twin Peaks. Bear Creek Trail is an easy scenic hike to take in the area.

Recreation - The Squaw Valley area offers opportunities for hiking, picnicking, horseback riding and taking in scenic views of the surrounding mountains and wilderness areas. This area offers hiking and horseback riding through Squaw Valley and to scenic spots to view Lake Tahoe.

Climate - The Tahoe generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snowpack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - Squaw Valley area is located approximately 8.5 miles south of Truckee in the Truckee Ranger District in the Tahoe National Forest.


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Truckee Ranger District - The Truckee Ranger District is located in the central eastern region of the Tahoe National Forest. This region offers, hiking, biking, horseback, riding, camping, boating, fishing and OHV riding.

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