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    Shirley Canyon Trail

    Tahoe National Forest, California
    Distance2.1mi
    Elevation Gain1,485ft
    Trailhead Elevation6,228ft
    Top7,589ft
    Elevation Min/Max6228/7589ft
    Elevation Start/End6228/6228ft

    Shirley Canyon Trail

    Shirley Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Placer County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 6,228 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,485 feet.
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    Bloomfield, CA
    Ranger | 599 pts
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    7/23/2018
    This is a nice workout and the lake is beautiful. Gorgeous vistas. One of the perks is that if you are too tired to hike back down (or if your kids are pooped out) you can take the gondola for free--even if you have a dog.
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    Mogul, NV
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    8/22/2016
    Yes, from Shirley Lake, go another 30 minutes up to the summit, then you can take the gondola down for free.
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    East Norwalk, CT
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    9/19/2009
    Extend it to the summit of Squaw.... just watch out on the way down that you are on a ski trail and not a maintenance trail...
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    rochester hills, MI
    Explorer | 21 pts
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    7/16/2004
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    Shirley Canyon Trail Professional Guides

    Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

    "Although the tread of the Shirley Lake Trail evolved from the repeated bootprints of hikers rather than planned design and construction, the informal path that follows alongside Squaw Creek for much of the distance is a delightful route for young and old alike. Families with young children will find plenty of enjoyment frolicking in the creek or picnicking along the banks, even without traveling all the way to the lake. With the extra effort of a steep 1.5-mile climb from the lake, hikers can enjoy the pleasures of High Camp before returning to Squaw Valley via a ride on the cable car." Read more
    Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
    "Squaw Creek rambles down a steep canyon from the heights of Granite Chief and Solitude to the Squaw Valley ski resort’s busy village. A trail climbs more than 1,300 feet from the base to the top of the resort’s aerial tram but, to keep it easy, this route takes you as far as a set of lovely cascades." Read more
    Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
    "A series of cascades on Squaw Creek is an easy walk upstream from the base of the Squaw Valley ski resort." Read more

    Trail Information

    Tahoe National Forest
    Nearby City
    Tahoe National Forest
    Parks
    Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
    Accessibility
    Waterfalls
    Features
    Squaw Valley Resort, 1960 Squaw Valley Rd., PO Box 2007, Olympic Valley, CA 96146; (800) 403-0206 or (530) 452-4331; www.squawalpine.com. US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Dr., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150; (530) 5432600; www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu/
    Local Contacts
    USGS Tahoe City CA, and Granite Chief CA; Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit map; National Geographic 803 Lake Tahoe Basin trail map
    Local Maps

    Trail Log