Squaw Valley’s Shirley Canyon

Shirley Canyon

Where is the audio?!  I love the sound of water flowing downstream over granite boulders, resting momentarily in small pools and then continuing the journey from mountain peaks.

Shirley Canyon

The trail follows waterfalls and still pools

Shirley Canyonand is marked along the way. The path is obvious until you reach granite outcroppings during the last section.

Shirley Canyon

The Sierra Nevada views are wonderful.

Shirley Canyon

The Shirley Canyon trailhead is located in Squaw Valley, north of the tram building at the ski area at the end of Squaw Peak Road.

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Lake Tahoe’s Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls is a relatively unknown part of Lake Tahoe’s backcountry and well worth the short twenty minute hike from the Bay View Campground at Emerald Bay.  The views are breathtaking and the sound of the water is overpowering.

The trail is easy and somewhat flat.

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

When you reach the top of the falls, granite dominates and the views are fabulous.

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

During early spring, the falls are flowing beyond the banks and difficult to cross.

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

A link to a YouTube video is below.  If you have a moment, take a peek and listen to the sound of the water cascading over the granite into the lake.  Eventually, this water rests in Lake Tahoe, travels down the Truckee River out of Tahoe City, and ends the journey at  Pyramid Lake just outside of Reno.

Lake Tahoe’s Cascade Falls

Tahoe’s Cascade Lake

Cascade Lake sits beside Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay.

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

Trailheads leave from Emerald Bay and lead to Cascade Falls and three high country lakes, Snow Lake, Azure, and Kalmia.  Good fishing.  Trails are not well worn or marked and you can usually count on making camp by early afternoon. A topo is highly recommended even if you’ve been there before.

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

Photo by Pamela Hosier Lake Tahoe Lifestyles

After more snow melts and the streams and waterfalls subside, I will post more.  This is one of my favorite hikes around Tahoe but it’s just a little early.  We’re still skiing!