Top 10 Things To Do During Wanderlust Festival

Category: General

Are you visiting Squaw Valley for Wanderlust Festival? 

Take advantage of the activity, shopping, dining, and hiking offerings we have while you are here! 

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1. Hike Shirley Canyon (3.6 miles. 2,109' elevation gain/loss) 

One of Lake Tahoe's best half-day hikes, the Shirley Canyon trail takes you from flowing waterfalls and Shirley Lake to High Camp. Take the Aerial Tram back down for free. Read the full hiking guide here

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2. Scenic Aerial Tram Ride

Take the Aerial Tram to High Camp. This 8.5 minute ride takes you up 2,000 feet and has stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

High Camp Pool with Snowy Background
3. High Camp Pool & Hot Tub

Take a dip in the mountaintop pool and hot tub. At 8,200 feet, this experience is one-of-a-kind. Enjoy poolside drinks from Umbrella Bar while you're soaking up the mountain views.

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4. Enjoy a Mountaintop Meal at Granite Bistro 
With a view of the mountains and the High Camp Pool and Hot Tub, enjoy a menu that includes healthy options such as a watermelon salad, poke appetizers, or a grilled portobello sandwich. View the Menu
Tuesday Bluesday event at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe
5. Come Early or Stay Late for Bluesday Tuesday

Join us on July 16th or July 23rd for the 11th Annual Bluesdays in the village at Squaw Valley. We even have lodging discounts from just $99/night to go along with it and our vendors stay open late. 

Lake Tahoe Climbing at Squaw Valley
6. Climb the Via Ferrata 

Explore Squaw Valley's iconic Tram Face on the new Via Ferrata route. With multiple options for experience level and route length, the Via Ferrata is a fun, challenging option with breathtaking view. Learn More.

Five Lakes Trail hike at Alpine Meadows
7. Hike the Five Lakes Trail at Alpine Meadows 

With a trailhead located on Alpine Meadows Road, this popular 5-mile hike has a moderate level of difficulty. Be prepared for some exposed switchbacks in the beginning and enjoy the Alpine Lakes at the top! 

Lake Tahoe Summer Activities
8. Bike to Tahoe City along the Truckee River

Rent bikes from Parallel Mountain Sports in the village and take the bike path all the way from Squaw Valley into Commons Beach in Tahoe City. 

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9. Go Rafting on the Truckee River

Rent a raft from one of the rafting companies located in Tahoe City and enjoy a leisurely float from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows. You can also buy your own raft from one of the region's sporting goods stores, but be cautious as water levels are high this year. 

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10. Go Shopping 

The Village at Squaw Valley is bustling with boutiques and gift shops. Plus, Ikon Pass holders get 15% off and Ikon Base Pass holders receive 10% off on Squaw-owned retail shops. Excludes Patagonia and hard goods such as skis & helmets.