Shirley Canyon Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Olympic Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length5.6 miElevation gain1,863 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingDog friendlyForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeRockyScramble
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The aerial tram is not operating in 2020. Please check here for updates: https://squawalpine.com/plan-your-visit/aerial-tram-rides This beautiful route takes hikers from Olympic Valley up into the mountains above. There is a tram that hikers can use during the summer. You may choose to make this trail a point-to-point by hiking up, and then taking the tram back down to the village. Please check with Squaw Valley for more information about the tram.

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Chance Hollingsworth
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Kim Budd
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This trail is beautiful but only made it halfway up due to poor snow conditions. Post holing even on snow shoes. Recommend waiting until it gets colder and the snow firms up to try this one. too steep to be post holing up and sliding down.

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Changsu Lee
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Edward Stanila
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Paul McLaughlin
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Lots and lots of rocks and boulders on for the first 45 minutes or so. Occasionally difficult to figure out where the trail goes, so it was a good thing to have the alltrails app. It's rugged but a pretty interesting trail. Probably wouldn't recommend to someone with knee or perhaps ankle/foot issues. As others have said, glad I did it but probably wouldn't revisit, except to try for the peak. A little too much for my 56 year-old, marathon-battered knees.

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Matt Fischer
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This trail is somewhat navigable but pretty much the worst. I went back from Granite Chief down this trail and found myself scrambling down a sheer granite cliff for a good mile. The rest of the trail is better but still breaks up. Just go a different direction, you’ll thank yourself later.

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Michael Lunsford
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Steve Yang
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Steve Yang
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Maricruz Suástegui
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Victoria Connell
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Creek is completely dried up and the lake is super tiny right now. But still a butt kicker!

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Matt Robinson
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Awesome hike, waterfalls, some scrambling up steep rock faces, well maintained, fairly obvious signs/markers. Hiking down 2000+ feet of elevation gain less enjoyable, but usually the tram is running for a download.

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Ben Coles
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Bob Parker
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Bob Sturm
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The trail has been closed since Wednesday because of extreme fire danger. Every so often the Truckee police drive by to make sure that nobody enters by the trailhead. I heard that there are fines if you are caught in there.

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Karen McCloskey
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Curt 66Cobra
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Hide Kato
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Nice. Very fun coming down. We saw some people swimming in the lake but it didn’t seem that clean

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Thomas Spirgi
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Beautiful hike, steep sometimes. Nice lake and views on the top

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Rob Furtney
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Beautiful. Didn’t record properly for some reason. Walked fast to the lake with the dog in 1:06. Air was clear and it wasn’t too hot.

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A S
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Normally a great hike but not in hot smoky weather when the creek is all dried up.

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Susan Johnston
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Beautiful trail. Lots of rocks going up but nice areas to rest. I don’t hike a lot and thought this is very doable and fun. Highly recommend.

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Jessica Myers
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Amazing!!

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Gregg Stanford
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Nice trail. Made it to the top. Stopped along the way for snacks/water. Would not recommend hiking sticks.

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Whitney Kukulka
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Awesome trail. The end point on the map is not quite to high camp but keep going about another .25 miles or so. Total was 6.6 miles 1900 vert

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Hillside Hiker
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Beautiful scenery but hard to tell where the trail is...thank goodness for the blue markers!! Note: much of this route is steep granite.

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Doug Hopper
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