Squaw Valley USA-Cable Car

Squaw Valley USA-Cable Car

1910 Squaw Valley Rd.
Olympic Valley, California 96146
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Local Phone: (530) 583-5585

Squaw's aerial tram carries stand-up passengers up 2,000 feet of vertical to High Camp, a recreation complex at 8,200 feet. The eight-minute scenic ride ascends over majestic granite rock formations and offers expansive views of the beautiful Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe.

Up top, the attitude toward dogs is very relaxed. Wide-open meadows provide great terrain for letting dogs go for a run.

Hike up to snow patches that persist through summer or down to Shirley Lake, whose clear, cold water is irresistible to dogs who like to swim.

Allow about three hours for the 5-mile hike from High Camp to the base area, or four hours for the hike up. If you hike up, you can download on the tram for free.

Dogs must be leashed while on the cable car and inside any buildings or facilities. Use your judgment in leashing them on the trails—and remember to bring lots and lots of water for both of you.

If you'd like to use the pool and hot tub complex, have someone in your party walk the canines around the fenced area to a gate in the back corner and tie them there. Snag a table on the other side of the gate for easy access.

Summer sun can be intense, so bring a shade umbrella if you have one to provide your dog with a comfortable place to rest—and don't forget to bring a water bowl!

Bonnie waiting outside the gate at Squaw Valley pool

Dogs are welcome to curl up under their owners' chairs at the outdoor restaurant just outside the pool area, or you can tie them to the fence at the side.

There's lots of dog-friendly dining at the base-area Village at Squaw. A favorite is Mamasake, where just $5 buys a beer and a hand roll during happy hour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Fallen Leaf Lake. Photo Credit: @carenandatka
Fallen Leaf Lake. Photo Credit: @carenandatka
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