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Shirley Canyon Trail

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 4.6 (20) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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5.8

Miles

9.4

KM

Out and Back

8,130' 2,478 m

High

6,235' 1,900 m

Low

1,899' 579 m

Up

1,898' 579 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

57%

Max Grade (30°)

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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Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 20 votes

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in Squaw Valley

#362

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in Squaw Valley

#61

in California

#362

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New sign installed to alert hikers to the challenge ahead.
Sep 1, 2018 near Sunnysi…, CA
Ski run in summertime - looking down Oregon Trail
Sep 1, 2018 near Sunnysi…, CA
The mountains
Dec 1, 2017 near Sunnysi…, CA
Hi High Camp!
Sep 1, 2018 near Sunnysi…, CA

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Jan 12, 2020
Ian Rahman
Sep 6, 2019
Trixie Montana
5.8mi — 2h 46m
Sep 2, 2019
Jim Hulse
Great short hike! 3.2mi — 1h 40m
Aug 10, 2019
Matt W
Jul 6, 2019
Rohit K
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