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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Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"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
Best Easy Day Hikes: Lake Tahoe (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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"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
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"A series of cascades on Squaw Creek is an easy walk upstream from the base of the Squaw Valley ski resort." Read more

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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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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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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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7/16/2004
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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

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Dec 2018