The Shirley Canyon Cascades Trail is a 4.1 mile out and back trail in Tahoe National Forest. This trail features a lake and lots of scenic views. The trail is best used from April to October, and is shared by hikers and trail runners.

This trail has lots of elevation over a short distance, be warned! The Shirley Canyon Cascades Trail is close to Olympic Valley in the North Lake Tahoe region. Dogs are allowed on this trail if kept on leash. 

Photos: Martin Hapl and Timothy

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking boots
  • Sun protection 
  • Layers
  • Snack or lunch
  • Camera for the amazing forest views
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RT Distance 3.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 2109 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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