Shirley Canyon

Comments: Shirley Canyon is a lovely trail that includes a wonderful variety of environments. First you enjoy a fairly easy hike with some interesting wet seeps, then follow a river that is cascading down the canyon, move into the deep woods, emerge to some extensive rock scrambling, and are finally delivered to  Lake Shirley at the base of a Squaw Valley ski run. The "rock scrambling" section of the trail can be confusing as the trail disappears from time to time. To find Lake Shirley you need to "stay to the left" and muddle forward. So this may be a spot to turnaround. If you carry on and find Shirley Lake you have done well...enjoy the lake at the base of a ski lift and return when rested. Some may want to continue on up to High Camp and ride the tram back down. This trail is also hard to follow in places and makes the hike strenuous! But when you succeed you can enjoy an easy ride back down! Shirley Canyon with its varied environments is a fun, but challenging, wildflower hike!  Enjoy!  

Directions: This trail is located at Squaw Valley, which is well marked on Route 89 between Tahoe City and Truckee. Turn off of 89 following the signs to Squaw Valley.  Enter the resort area and Turn right onto Squaw Valley Peak Rd. This is very close to the tram station and you must go right. Follow this road bearing right, through a condo complex, till it meets with Squaw Peak Way which circles back to the Road.  The trailhead is marked at this juncture.  It is a bit confusing, but you really can't get lost if you keep moving forward :).