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The High Camp Experience at Squaw Valley

Surrounded with sun-drenched views of Lake Tahoe, a mountaintop playground, and the freedom to roam at 8,200’, the High Camp Experience is as much a stunning backdrop for nature lovers as it is an easy escape for mountain explorers.

It All Starts Here

Climb over 2,000 feet with a bird's-eye-view of Lake Tahoe's high alpine region.

The gateway to High Camp starts in The Village at Squaw Valley, where you'll embark on a 10-minute tram ride and soar 550 feet above a mountainscape of creeks, waterfalls, forests, granite rock, and the iconic Tram Face. With 360 views and panoramic vistas of Lake Tahoe and an interpretive guide at the helm, your summer at Squaw Valley comes to life before you even reach the top.

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More to View. More to Do.

Getting to the top is only the start of the High Camp Experience. When the tram doors open, step outside and enter a landscape surrounded by vast alpine meadows, rugged mountain peaks, and trails that lead all the way to Canada.

Dogs are welcome on the Aerial Tram, the High Camp deck, surrounding walking and hiking trails, and The Village at Squaw Valley.

Activity Suggestions

Whether you have a few hours or a full day, the High Camp Experience gives a whole new perspective to Lake Tahoe. Get inspired to explore with our recommended High Camp must-dos or mix-and-match for your own alpine adventures.

Scenic Stroll

You don't have to travel far to tick off the top views in North Lake Tahoe. Ascend to 8,200 feet in the Aerial Tram and immerse yourself in Sierra Nevada's rugged mountain landscape. From here, soak up views of Lake Tahoe, high alpine meadows, granite peaks, and wash it down with an al fresco lunch, a craft brew, or a glass of California wine.

Don't Miss

  • 10-minute aerial "tour," 2,000 feet above Lake Tahoe
  • Vast views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada range
  • Walking trails that meander among alpine meadows and granite peaks
  • Landscapes paired with lunch at Poolside Café

Mountain Sport

For a full day of easy entertainment, the High Camp Experience combines the region's best scenery with outdoor activities for all ages. Start with a ride to High Camp in the Aerial Tram, followed by your pick of alpine activities, including swimming, roller skating, geocaching, disc golf, and lawn games.

Don't Miss

  • 360-degree tram ride, suspended 550 feet above the ground
  • High Camp pool and hot tub at 8,200 feet
  • Roller skating and geocaching high above Lake Tahoe
  • Drinks at Umbrella Bar for the adults and a game of cornhole for the kids

Hiker's Paradise

High Camp is the launching point for exploring Squaw Valley's alpine landscape with 50+ miles of walking and hiking trails. Climb to the weathered buttresses atop Squaw Peak, visit the historic Watson Monument at Emigrant Peak, meander through wildflower-covered meadows, and enjoy the panoramas from Squaw Valley's upper mountain.

Don't Miss

  • Squaw Peak summit and the iconic Palisades chute
  • Wildflower blooms in early summer
  • Hidden waterfalls throughout alpine trails and Shirley Canyon
  • Daily free guided hikes from High Camp

When to Visit

From surging waterfalls in late spring to colorful foliage in the fall, nature's own agenda means something new is always in season. Plan your High Camp Experience with this approximate timeline

The Aerial Tram is schedule to operate daily, June 14 through September 2, 2019. Open Saturdays and Sundays only from September 6-29, 2019. Please check hours of operation before you visit.

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Snow Play
  • Waterfalls
  • Wildflowers
  • Fall Colors

High Camp Experience Packages

With two ways to experience High Camp, find the package that works for you.
Packages can be purchased online, making the High Camp Experience even easier to access.

  Weekday / Weekend $39 / $49 Sightseeing Weekday / Weekend $49 / $59 Adventure
Unlimited Aerial Tram RidesIncludedIncluded
Hiking and Walking TrailsIncludedIncluded
Disc GolfIncludedIncluded
Lawn GamesIncludedIncluded
Pool & Hot Tub Included
Roller Skating Included
Adult 18+$39 / $49$49 / $59
Youth 5-17$29$34
Child 4 & UnderFREEFREE
Weekday / Weekend$129 / $139Family AdventureBring the whole clan and get access to all High Camp Experience activities.
Based on 2 adults and up to 4 youths.

The Village at Squaw Valley

Shops, restaurants, lodging, and entertainment culminate in Squaw Valley's European-style village.

Located at the base area, The Village at Squaw Valley is the hub to start or end your High Camp Experience. Squaw Valley’s various restaurants, pubs, and patios quell any appetite, no matter the size or taste. Special events and entertainment—like live music, food and art festivals, and outdoor activities—take place daily. And boutique shops and lodging ensure there’s always a reason to stay and play.


From lake views to rejuvenating brews and so much in between, the High Camp Experience is all about perspective. Take a peek at the many ways you can experience an alpine summer at Squaw Valley.