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great views from the top i only came back once but been thete serval times taking different longer rounts

1 day ago

this Trail is pretty much all uphill with a few breaks and not any switchbacks and is out and back ...completed this hike not very many stops in about 3. my recommendation is to bring good traction shoes with trekking poles especially going back down if you reach the top of Castle Peak. A lot of loose Rock. I would definitely go again but with someone who was more adventurous and would be willing to stop to take some pictures. stunning views but be ready for sudden changes in weather especially going in October/ November

2 days ago

Great winter trail for snowshoeing. Incredible views and can get some very deep powder.

A challenging hike if you're not accustomed to altitude. About 8k ft at top with nearly 2k ft elevation gain from start to finish. bring lots of water and snacks. It's beautiful with varied terrain and a tram ride back down.

We will be back in spring! Don’t forget your goggles if you go in winter:) great hike for Thanksgiving Day, we brought snow shoes in with us. Great location, well marked, super wide trail :)

18 days ago

got this one knocked out right as it started to snow on November 21. I wish I had known that you are able to drive in the first 1.5 or so miles past the gate. Also checked out Andesite Peak on the way back.

Great for families, just enough of a grade to make it a little bit of a workout, with a great reward at the top.

I think we might have done a different trail when we got to the trailhead lol. We followed the trail that leads east. Nonetheless, it was BEAUTIFUL and there was no one else there on a Tuesday at about noon! Perfect hike weather for us in November.

Relatively easy hike for a group of four. None of us were in the best shape of our lives but the stop at Picnic Rock was well worth the journey.

Most difficult part of the trail is staying on trail due to very poor signage and/or markings. The trail has one lackluster lake and dumps you out near some ski runs. Good if you’re in the area and have half a day to kill, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for this one.

1 month ago

An amazing hike with fantastic views at the summit.

Great hike. Good for kids and beautiful views at the end!

Challenging yet rewarding hike with beautiful scenery and views. We went in mid-Oct when the tram was closed (it closed 10/1/2018), so once we got to Shirley Lake, we continued on around Solitude chair to Shirley Lake chair and up and over to High Camp and then took Mountain Run down to to Squaw Village. All in, with a few snack and photo breaks it took us 4.5 hours and was about 9 miles. To get from Squaw Peak Road (the trail head) to Shirley Lake, it’s a lot of boulder maneuvering and often scaling on all fours. It’s not for the weak, very young, out of shape, or elderly. Follow the blue spray painted markers and little trail signs along the way and you’ll be in good shape. If you don’t see blue spray paint for a while, you’ve likely gone off the trail by mistake. We got lost at one point following aimlessly the people in front of us who didn’t know where they were going (we realized later), so have this app ready when needed and follow the markings. It’s a very fun and varied hike and the beauty of Shirley Lake, the gorgeous valley and the views from High Camp are worth it. The hike from Shirley up to High Camp has significant elevation and no shade but it’s a relatively steady climb up the service road and not technical. As the tram was closed, we took Mountain Run down which was simple enough. Only negative with that is it’s a slippery loose pebble ridden service road so be careful with your footing. Often we walked on the side of the road in the brush for better stability. Incredible and rewarding hike overall. Highly recommend for the adventurous and not faint at heart! Bring a camelback/plenty of water and snacks! Glass of wine at the Village at the end was incredibly rewarding. :)

Dusty but easy family and dog friendly trail with nice viewpoint of Lake Tahoe at top and on descent.

1 month ago

Definitely recommend keeping your GPS open but great hike. Lake Ella is beautiful and I second the recommendation to take Erika’s trail back. Very pretty and change of scenery. Good for dogs, no one else on the trail on a Saturday afternoon.

Beautiful trail but challenging along the granite. Keep you eyes open for the blue spray paint on the rocks to keep you on course (great idea to spray paint). The tram is closed from Oct 1 - opening season for maintenance so be prepared time wise to hike both ways.

2nd time around..get up there to see a fire at around donner lake or hwy 89 yesterday..makes u realize hikers vulnerabilities..great views and great scramble up once you get up past first turret..not a trekking pole hiker but they may come into play on way down..

1 month ago

Great hike!! Got a little mixed up with the map so ending up going an extra mile! Would definitely do it again. Great views!! Great workout. The first 3 miles are pretty much uphill.

1 month ago

Nice way to explore what is east of the airport. Can get a nice view of gliders coming in during glider season. Picnic tables, view of the valley, pleasant.

Easy to find. Trails were nice -- amazing view and nice place to take a walk to.

on Lake Ella

trail running
1 month ago

The dirt trail is narrow. I was running (headphones on) with a bear bell so others in the trail knew I was coming. It helped more than once on my hour run.

Quite windy today, but beautiful skies and miles and miles of visibility. Trail is in good condition, although a bit loose going up the last 3/4 mile (all walkable if careful)

The view from top is great!!!! Good hike for anybody

Great hike with Beautiful views of Shirley Canyon and Tram Face at Squaw Valley

This hike has great views. It's pretty moderate until the last mile, then it's steep. Bring poles, it can be pretty slippery. Lots of loose gravel and sand.

great easy hike. went end of September. beautiful views. you walk past where the Donner party wintered. Makes you think

2 months ago

Stunning panoramic views almost throughout. Super quick and easy trail, great for kids or beginners. Easy to find and easy parking. Loved this little hike, will go back.

Great hike. Nice elevation climb but not too hard for kids. Amazing views and cool rock formations at the top. I carried by 3 month old in a carrier.

2 months ago

I've done this as a snowshoe day hike in the winter, an overnight backpacking with snowshoes in the winter, and a spring/summer hike. All times have been great with different experiences! One of my favorite go-to's when I need a quick hike that I'm familiar with and won't get lost.

*easy easy.shady.
*beautiful views at top.
*nice get away when you have only a few hours.
*bring water for your dogs.

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