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.

As anyone coming up to Lake Tahoe from sea level knows, that first day of hiking above 6,500 feet is a pant-inducing endeavor. But did you know that you (and your dog) can “cheat?” more »
Gabe on Northstar Lake

Gabe on Northstar Lake

Sure, you can hike your way up to Sierra Nevada ridge lines, but in North Lake Tahoe, you can also “cheat” and get a lift. Northstar California and Squaw Valley USA are kicking off their summer seasons early this year due to the light snow pack, and at both resorts, dogs are allowed to ride up with their people on designated lifts. more »
Adorable dog in Lake Tahoe
Photo credit: Brendan Myers
Go for a Dip
Get a Lift
Float Your Boat
Paddle a Dog-friendly Canoe
Soak Up Nostalgia
Go for a Hike
Spend the Night
Share a Bite
Treat Your Pup
Get Festive

Go for a Dip
Yes, you can take your dog swimming at Lake Tahoe! True, there are only a handful of dog-friendly beaches, but for most dogs, just one a day is enough. One of our hidden favorites on the West Shore is the private beach at Obexer’s General Store in Homewood.

Get a Lift
One of the most fun experiences to be had with your dog at Tahoe is lift-assisted hiking. Enclosed gondola cars on two lifts at Northstar and the aerial tram at Squaw Valley welcome leashed pets. Whichever you choose, you’ll find lots of trail options up top.

Float Your Boat
For more fun on the water, join the animated crowds of summer vacationers who rent rafts in Tahoe City for a two- to three-hour, 5-mile float down the scenic Truckee River to River Ranch Resort. Truckee River Raft Co. counts dogs as regular passengers and will get you all fixed up.
 
Dog on Tahoe beach
Photo credit: Janeen Heath
Paddle a Dog-friendly Canoe
Dogs won't fit in just any kayak, and expecting them to balance like acrobats on a slippery bow is unrealistic if not dangerous. Tahoe City Kayak solves the problem with a line of Jackson Rec Kayaks whose cockpits are big enough to hold not just you, but Fido, too.

Soak Up Nostalgia
One of the most enjoyable sights at Lake Tahoe, especially for first-timers, is Tallac Historic Site, a collection of late 19th century summer estate homes and outbuildings about seven miles west of South Lake Tahoe casinos. Leashed dogs are welcome, and it’s especially enjoyable to visit on living-history days.
 
Dog hiking in Tahoe
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Go For a Hike
Put paws to the path on hundreds of miles of trails in the Lake Tahoe area. For something new, try Van Sickle Bi-State Park near South Shore casinos. The main trail in the 575-acre park (part in California, part in Nevada) travels beneath the Heavenly Gondola lift line to a cluster of historic buildings before zigzagging up for magnificent views of the lake. North Shore bound? Check out the Tahoe City Lakeside Trail, a mile-long promenade through town connecting the 19-mile West Shore/Truckee River and North Shore Trails.

Spend the Night

Dog-friendly lodging abounds at Lake Tahoe, and it comes in all forms, from vacation-home rentals to hotels and motels, to rustic cabin resorts and RV parks. A favorite is the dog-passionate Larkspur Hotel Truckee. Check out dozens of other options on DogTrekker.com.

Share a Bite
It can be hard to find a place to share an outdoor meal at wintertime Lake Tahoe, but summer/fall is another matter. View our listings, pick a dog-friendly patio and chow down. One of our favorites is Meyer’s Downtown Café in South Lake Tahoe.

Treat Your Pup
After a day filled with outdoor recreation, pamper your four-legged friend with a spa treatment or toys and treats at one of Tahoe's dog specialty shops.

Get Festive
Two upcoming Squaw Valley USA festivals welcome well-behaved dogs on leash. The 26th Annual Foam Fest on Saturday, September 5, 2015 is one of the most anticipated beer and music festivals of the year! Proceeds from the event will support Disabled Sports to continue to provide sports rehabilitation and therapeutic recreation programs to anyone with any disability. Come support a tremendous cause while enjoying the open air festival with your pup!

Why not make it an entire weekend of festival fun? The 27th Annual Alpen Wine Fest on Sunday, September 6, 2015 includes wine tasting, live music, a silent auction and raffle. Entry into the event is a donation to Can Do MS, a foundation providing wellness and education for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Mark your calendar and be there!

Photo credit: potential past (CC)
Photo credit: Janeen Heath
Photo credit: Brendan Myers
 more »
Most hiking trails around Lake Tahoe—and there are hundreds—can be enjoyed in the company of your best friend. For a short hike with liquid rewards, pack a picnic and take an easy, 3.5-mile round-trip stroll to gorgeous Fallen Leaf Lake, second-largest body of water in the Tahoe Basin and easily accessible from a parking lot just off Highway 89. Also easy-going is the mile-in, mile-out Cascade Falls trail, accessed from a trailhead at Inspiration Point near Emerald Bay. more »
Squaw Valley USA's iconic cable car offers what is perhaps the most dramatically scenic mechanized mountain high at Lake Tahoe. Many passengers in the stand-up conveyance experience vertigo as dizzying panoramas pass before and beneath them during the 2,000-foot vertical ascent. more »
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