Explore Shirley Lake ~ North Lake Tahoe

#SquawSummer | Swim in Shirley Lake from Palisades Tahoe on Vimeo.

A high Camp adventure at Palisades in North Lake Tahoe. Shirley lake can be done as a down hill hike from the top or a workout hike that lets you climb 2100 feet from the valley floor and enjoy a great set of cascades and waterfalls along the way. A half day adventure which leave time for beach play, river rafting or biking in North Lake Tahoe.

Ride the Aerial Tram to High Camp and choose from a number of scenic hiking and walking trails. Hike down to Shirley Lake and enjoy a midday swim. Or hike from the base enjoy the Shirley Canyon trail to Shirley Lake.

Shirley Canyon Trail (approximately 3.6 miles, 2,109′ elevation gain/loss) This is one of Lake Tahoe’s best half day hikes. Hike alongside waterfalls and granite boulders and take in breathtaking views of Squaw Valley. To access the trailhead, go to the end of Squaw Peak Road and park on the side of the road. This trail can be difficult to follow, so remember the general rule is to keep the creek on your right and follow it up for about 2.5 miles until you come to giant granite rock slabs. You will cross over this section and continue up to Shirley Lake. There are steep and rocky sections, so hiking boots are strongly recommended.

Source: Palisades Tahoe Vimeo, North Lake Tahoe Visitors



Publisher of Sierra Rec Magazine. An avid hiker and explorer of mountain lifestyle and adventure. I love to discover new trails, hike along rivers and hang a hammock along the shores of a mountain lake. I often great people on the trail and have found some of my favorite places from the advice of people I meet in the Wilderness. I love the sierra and just like sharing what I know.

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