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    Shirley Canyon Trail

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    9.2 km
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    595 m
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    The Shirley Canyon Trail is an impressive day hike near Tahoe City that boasts impressive views every step of the way. Though the panoramas from atop the mountain are the piece de resistance, the trek up through the mixed pine woodlands, granite gardens, and past snowmelt cascades might just be the best part!

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    Route Description for Shirley Canyon Trail

    The Shirley Canyon Trail is a great addition to anyone’s hiking itinerary. Wander through the valley along the curves of Squaw Creek before summiting the mountain. The sounds of the babbling waters will lull you into a state of relaxation as you climb through the alpine terrain. When trekking in the summer months, hikers have the option of climbing up, then tacking the tram back down to the trailhead—how fun! Equally, as scenic, winter excursions along the Shirley Canyon Trail require either a set of microspikes or snowshoes and warm layers! No matter the season, this stunning trail is sure to impress.

    Setting out from the trailhead the Shirley Canyon Trail follows the Shirley Canyon Trail northwest, out of Olympic Valley and into Shirley Canyon. Following Squaw Creek, the path will guide you along a forested path adorned with granite outcrops—so mind your footing. Enjoy the shade of the towering pines and quaking aspens as you climb. Soon you will pass a charming cascade surging over the smooth granite rocks. Eventually, you will meet an intersection at the Solitude Base, veer left here, and continue hiking up the now more primitive route.

    Venturing southeast you will soon reach the top of the mountain, where sits the Wildflower Café and the Ariel Tram. If you are tired, and the tram is running, why not take another way down the mountain. If you prefer to hike, then simply retrace your steps along the path all the way back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Shirley Canyon Trail Trailhead

    The Shirley Canyon Trail departs from the trailhead off Squaw Peak Way.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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