Things to do around Squaw Valley / Lake Tahoe

This annual event will transform the Village at Squaw Valley into a miniature Bavaria complete with authentic German beer and food, Bavarian music, the ever-popular Oktoberfest Games and plenty of family fun.

  • Entrance to Oktoberfest and entertainment are FREE
  • All proceeds from beer sales benefit the High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation
  • ​Festival goers must be 21 years or older with a valid ID to purchase beer
  • Brats, Bavarian Pretzels and Rootbeer floats available for purchase
  • All Oktoberfest Games are FREE to enter. First come, first to participate

Food / Bars / Spas

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Grocery Stores (Squaw Valley, Tahoe, Truckee)

• Alice’s Mountain Market 1850 Squaw Valley Rd, # 47 Olympic Valley, CA 96146
• Save Mart 100 River Rd Tahoe City, CA 96145
• Safeway 850 N Lake Blvd Tahoe City, CA 96145
• Safeway 11290 Donner Pass Rd Truckee, CA 96161

Restaurants in Olympic Valley
• Plumpjack 1920 Squaw Valley Rd
• Fireside Pizza 1985 Squaw Valley Rd # 25
• Rocker 1960 Squaw Valley Rd
• Six Peaks Grill 400 Squaw Creek Rd
• Sandy’s Pub 400 Squaw Creek Rd

Coffee & Lunch in the Village at Squaw Valley
• Coffeebar: great coffee and lunch foods (plus beer and wine)
• Mountain Nectar
• Dave’s Deli

• Uncorked
• Plumpjack
• The Auld Dubliner
• Rocker
• The Slot Bar

Spa / Yoga
• Trilogy Spa : 1850 Village South Rd: 530-584-6124
• Wanderlust Yoga Studio (in the village):!
• The Yoga Room (Tahoe City) :


Easy to Moderate

  • High Camp Loop (approximately 1.23 miles) :: This gentle trail begins at High Camp, traverses the ridge to the top of the Mountain Meadow Chairlift. Hikers then loop down through the upper mountain’s spacious open bowls to High Camp. During the winter this area serves as Squaw Valley’s beginner ski and snowboard slopes.
  • High Camp to the top of the Gold Coast Chairlift (approximately .92 mile): Follow the High Camp Loop trail past the Mountain Meadow chairlift and continue until you reach the Gold Coast lift. This trail offers views of Lake Tahoe, the surrounding mountains and the meadows below.

Moderate to Difficult

  • High Camp to the top of the Emigrant Chairlift (approximately 1.38 miles, 680’ elevation gain).  This trail offers a stunning 360 degree view of Lake Tahoe and surrounding mountains from the top. The historic Watson Monument is located near the top of the chairlift.
  • High Camp to the top of Squaw Peak (approximately 2 miles, 844’ elevation gain) Follow the trail from High Camp, past the Gold Coast lift and continue up to the top of the Palisades for a view of the Granite Chief Wilderness and Squaw Valley below.
  • High Camp to Shirley Lake & down Shirley Canyon (approximately 3.6 miles, 2,109’ elevation loss) :: This is a great half day hike through a mountain canyon that passes by waterfalls and spectacular granite boulders. Hikers begin on either the Shirley Lake trail (a dirt road) or the
  • Solitude trail (a narrower single track trail). Once the trails meet and you reach Shirley Lake, hikers can either hike back up to High Camp and ride the Aerial Tram down for free or hike down the canyon. Please Note: This trail may sometimes be hard to follow, so remember the general rule is to keep the creek on your left side and follow it down until you arrive at the base of the mountain. There are also some steep sections to negotiate through the granite so hiking boots are strongly recommended.



Easy to Moderate

  • Trollstigen (approximately .6 mile) This gentle trail traverses the base of Olympic Valley from the Resort at Squaw Creek to the Village at Squaw Valley. The trail meanders in and out of the trees just above the valley floor. Enjoy spectacular views of the meadow and surrounding peaks.

Moderate to Difficult

  • Shirley Canyon Trail (approximately 3.6 miles, 2,109’ elevation gain/loss) This is one of Lake Tahoe’s best half day hikes. Hike alongside waterfalls and granite boulders and take in breathtaking views of Squaw Valley. To access the trailhead, go to the end of Squaw Peak Road and park on the side of the road. This trail can be difficult to follow, so remember the general rule is to keep the creek on your right and follow it up for about 2.5 miles until you come to giant granite rock slabs. You will cross over this section and continue up to Shirley Lake. There are steep and rocky sections, so hiking boots are strongly recommended.
  • Thunder Mountain Trail (approximately 3.2 miles, 2000’ elevation gain/loss) :: The Thunder Mountain Trail is the perfect hike to explore Squaw Valley from the base to High Camp. Hikers start their adventure at the bottom of the Exhibition chairlift. From here you will walk towards the very wide bridge, which is where the route begins. The trail is clearly indicated by blue markings. Continue on the trail winding up the mountain. Your final destination will be just below the paintball fields at High Camp. PLEASE NOTE that the Thunder Mountain Trail passes over the summer construction access road. Please be aware of vehicle and heavy machinery traffic. Do not continue on the summer construction access road as it is closed for hiking.
  • World Cup Trail (approximately .75 miles, 600’ elevation gain) :: Use this trail to access the national historic and scenic designated Western States Trail, which stretches from Salt Lake City, Utah to Sacramento, California.

All hikers who arrive at High Camp can ride the Aerial Tram down during summer operating hours free of charge.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Side Dining

Water Activities

Scenic Drives

  • Emerald Bay (most photographed area of Lake Tahoe, 45 minute drive
  • Historical Downtown Truckee and Donner Pass ( home of the Bride and Groom), 15 minute drive
  • Lap Lake Tahoe: 2.5 hrs (75 miles around)

Stateline Gaming

  • Head over to NV to try your luck on the slots, S. Shore is about 1hr Dr.