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Shirley Canyon Trail

 4.5 (17)

Length


5.8 Miles 9.4 Kilometers


1,899' 579 m

Ascent

-1,898' -579 m

Descent

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

57%

Max Grade (30°)

8,130' 2,478 m

High

6,235' 1,900 m

Low

Shared By Nick Wilder

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Waterfalls, wildflowers, and huge granite boulders take you from the valley floor to High Camp.

Nick Wilder

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Waterfall

Overview

This hike is full of highlights - a big waterfall in the first half mile, tons of side streams and big boulders to explore, Shirley Lake, and finally the resort complex of High Camp. You can make this a one-way hike by taking the tram (free in the down direction!).

Need to Know

You can make this hike half as long - and much easier on the knees - by taking the tram down. It's free if you get yourself to the top!

Description

From the end of Squaw Village, follow Squaw Peak Road to it's very end, passing some nondescript ski-area mechanics to the well-signed trailhead. The trail starts here and is quite beautiful right off the bat. Follow blue paint marks on rocks and enjoy the creek, which you'll come quite close to several times before getting to your first waterfall at .3 miles.

Pass another nice waterfall at .8 miles. Many people turn around here, but the trail remains nice all the way to the tram (which you can take down for free!), so pressing on... pass a very steep section up rock slabs and emerge into more open country. The views open up and the flowers here can great in the right season. Enjoy Shirley Lake and then follow a short stretch of more singletrack up to High Camp.

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Sep 1, 2018
tate myers
3 hrs; point to point; Team down 3.6mi
Aug 14, 2018
Victor Herrero
Aug 14, 2018
Michael Capelle
The GPS put it at 4.36 miles 1972 feet. Lots of rock scrambling and a granite face to scale. 4.4mi
Aug 11, 2018
Olga Fedorova
Aug 2, 2018
Savannah Sanford
Jun 21, 2018
Jeff Thompson
May 7, 2018
Jessica Mutschler

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 17 votes

#1

in Squaw Valley

#261

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  4.5 from 17 votes
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in Squaw Valley

#48

in California

#261

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Hiked this on Sunday July 9, 2017. If you are in decent shape, this is frickin awesome. If you've a healthy dog, bring him/her. There is so much to this hike: forest trails along a beautiful creek that give way to somewhat strenuous trekking among boulders at tree line, to scrambling on exposed granite that yield to high elevation open trails to the top. Then a short hike to the tram. Perfect!! Jul 11, 2017

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