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Squaw Creek to Shirley Canyon Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Olympic Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 311 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Views Wild flowers
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This trail will merge and join with Shirley Canyon Cascades Trail if you want to make it a longer route. https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/shirley-canyon-cascades-trail

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Mathilde Andrejko
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Very nice! But there was no water up there... Maybe in the Spring?

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JJ Ups
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Ted Sheridan
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It was more climbing hand over foot on the way down. Trail was not marked well on the way up. It was ok.

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Haley St. Dennis
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Creek was dry. Lovely easy walk.

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Damian Schmitt
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The river bed was dry; but just made me want to come back next spring for a swim

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Rocko Sade
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Easy and beautiful part of the trail was a little bit hard to fine that I made my own

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L L
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The trail shown on the Alltrails map isn't Shirley Canyon but works anyway. Based on previous reviews, we decided to cross the creek at one point (most of the creek was dry with puddles of water here in August 2020) but we decided to turn back to the trail on the Alltrails map since the "correct" Shirley Canyon trail was much busier and full of people even on a Monday morning (and we're trying to social distance). The kids enjoyed exploring the puddles and we went atop some rocks whenever an interesting outcrop was available. The trail isn't perfectly marked but it's easy to get back on track.

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Andrey Akselrod
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Really cool trail with tiny waterfalls at the end

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Courtney L.
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Great trail!!! The biggest altitude gains are at the beginning. The water level and falls were very low in August, but still a pretty hike! We went late afternoon (around 3ish) and only crossed paths with a few people.

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Devon Marcille
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Awesome easy trail. We went up one side and down the other which forced us to walk through the village to get back to our car but it was quick. Amazing swimming spot at the very top!

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Andrew Blatner
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Sara Rathbun
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Great hike with kids. Definitely bring bathing suits and a lunch to enjoy at the top in the little waterfall pools.

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Alex Sahai
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Comfortable and rewarding trail! Plenty of water features and spots to hangout along the way.

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Emagene Pham
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Anjalee Raman
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Great trail! A mix of walking and rock climbing. Beautiful area

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Exploring with a Subie User
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Nice hike with plenty of little waterfalls

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Rajiv Yeddu
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Great trail to explore with family. Gentle hike, and plenty of waterfalls , creeks to have fun along! Enjoyed it. Theres some confusion on what its called, at the base, there is a sign which said Shirley canyon, but half way along there was sign nailed to the tree calling it “granite chief trail”. Anyways a good hike, took us about 2 hrs with plenty of time to stop along the way!!!

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Jeff Day
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Lots of mosquitos after sun goes down beyond ridge. Be prepared. Beautiful home though!

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Randy Bullard
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My wife and I made our own way because pat of the trail didn't go where we wanted and we couldn't get to the Shirley Trail because of snow. But we found a very pretty stream to just relax beside

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Chris Sanda
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Good hike. Nice little creek on left side and baby water falls. Probably bigger in spring.

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Lindsay Abbott
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Highly recommend! So many cool waterfalls and wading pools along this trail. Bring a swimsuit so you can take a quick, refreshing dip throughout your hike. Also, beautiful views and surroundings. Went from 1-2pm, a little crowded with other hikers towards the end.

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Eileen Gertz
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Trail is nice but so confusing on which way to go

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Beatriz Ayala
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1st trail with 2 girls and dog ever! We had a blast! Cut it short because it was getting late and soon we would have 2 hungry girls( drama) and we were trying to avoid the craziness.

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Ty Jacob
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Beautiful and easy hike. Fun to hang out by the little waterfalls and use them as a slip n slide

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Stuart Wuerthele
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Sweet swimable falls. Some were jumping off rocks into the river. Trail map is not correct. Stay to left of river heading up.

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Trey Trey Williams
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Went over the 4th of July. You are better off starting from the valley so you dont have to deal with the snow at High Camp

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Matt Morris
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The general consensus among the locals is to ignore the route shown in AllTrails. The actual Shirley Canyon trail keeps the creek and canyon on your right (if ascending). The recordings in the app take you north of the creek (closer to the Granite Chief trail) instead, which puts the creek on your left (ascending.) Eventually (if you fallow the app) you either abandon Shirley Canyon and follow Granite Chief or you have to cross the creek. As of 6/26/19, the spring runoff is brisk, waterfalls and rapids are plentiful and beautiful, and the trail is mostly clear of snow.

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Davis Ladd
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Trailhead starts right behind a metal storage container (don’t go to the trailhead listed on Google Maps, it’s not the correct one). First 100 yards or so are uphill, afterwards relatively flat. Great short hike up to a beautiful spot. We visited in spring during the snow melt and the waterfall was gushing

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Desiree Pullens
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Hiked it after the first serious snowfall and it was awesome! We did however go back half way as the trail was not visible anymore

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